Media Release

Wells of Hope Receives $53 000 Donation from Service Inspired Restaurants on World Water Day

 For Immediate Release:

St. Catharines, March 22, 2015 – Celebrating United Nations World Water Day on March 22, Wells of Hope and Service Inspired Restaurants  (SIR Corp) announced  a donation of  $53 000 and an ongoing relationship that will see a group of seventeen travellers from SIR Corp’s head office and Canyon Creek/ Signature  Restaurants visit   the Wells of Hope Camp in Guatemala next month.


The donation will be used to fund a water well project, which will be drilled by Wells of Hope founder Ted van der Zalm while the group is in Guatemala in April.  The group will participate in a number of service and solidarity projects during their weeklong trip including home building   and school revitalization projects.


Money was collected through a number of fundraising projects. One ongoing initiative includes the donation of  all proceeds of water sales at Canyon Creek and the Signature restaurants directly to Wells of Hope. Servers who made the most water sales at each restaurant will be going to  Guatemala to have a hands on  Wells of Hope mission experience . Other funds and materials were collected through a golf tournament, and clothing and material drives at the SIR Corp head office.


Wells of Hope Board Chair Scott Maxwell was excited about the new partnership, “ Knowing first hand the water related challenges that the people we serve are facing, I know the impact this donation will make. It will save lives! I’m so impressed with how SIR Corp has rallied their employees to get behind this cause.”  CEO Peter Fowler shares, “ I and the group are  very excited about the project and about going to Guatemala to see what SIR can do.”

March 22 marks World Water Day. U.N Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in his World Water Day message lamented,  “Despite progress under the Millennium Development Goals, adopted in 2000, some 750 million people — more than one in ten of the world’s population — remain without access to an improved water supply. Women and children, in particular, are affected by this lack, as not only is their health compromised, but considerable hours are wasted in the unproductive – and sometimes dangerous – business of collecting water.”  Wells of Hope works directly at solving these problems in Guatemala.

Founded over ten years ago by Ted and Miriam van der Zalm, Wells of Hope exists to bring clean water, education, and community health and development to those most in need in the mountain regions of Jalapa, Guatemala. To date, the organization has built seventeen schools and twelve deep-water community wells, bringing clean water to the doorsteps of over 50 000 Guatemalans in need.

SIR Corp manages 58 restaurants including The Jack Astor’s and Canyon Creek chains. They have a history of community engagement and service programs including support of the Ontario Hostelry Institute, Food4Kids, and Friends of We Care.

Cheque presentation with Wells of Hope Board Chair Scott Maxwell and SIR Corp Mission Trip participants:


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Media Contacts:


Wells of Hope:

Randy Hendriks

Community Development Coordinator

289 214 1133


SIR Corp:

Sherry Bailey

Fundraising Committee Member

905 681 2997