It’s a labour of love.
After over a month of doing odd jobs around Waterloo Region for his ‘Farwell 4 Hire’ campaign in support of Cystic Fibrosis, Mike Farwell could not be happier with the result.
The 570 News talk show host raised $155,539 painting, doing yard work or whatever job needed to be done throughout the month of May.
“It all started with a tweet in May 2014,” Farwell says. “It started with one idea. What if I do a service and receive payment for it? So, I went for it and this has now exploded beyond my wildest expectations.”
Over the last six years, Farwell has raised nearly half a million dollars to help cure Cystic Fibrosis.
“Having had Cystic Fibrosis in my life, I came to the realization that I can really do something, so I became more heavily involved with fundraising,” Farwell said.
Farwell lost two sisters to the disease.
“I want to pay tribute to my sisters and their memory and I want to help kids with the disease to have easier lives,” he said.
“The feedback I’ve received from families makes it all worth it, especially families who are dealing with the disease.”
During the month of May, which is Cystic Fibrosis month, Farwell is a one man show as he answers calls for help and responds to his next job.
“I’ve dismantled retaining walls and I’ve had wheelbarrows filled with rocks. I’ve had some pretty bizarre jobs too. I’ve castrated a calf and I’ve cleaned the sheath of a horse. I thought maybe this needs a vet, but with some lubrication and a glove, in I went,” Farwell said.
Whatever the job, Farwell is at your service.
“I’ve told so many people that I could not have planned this, but it has become such a thing. People ask about it and talk about it. The way it’s grown year after year, it’s been completely successful and just by accident,” Farwell says.
“I’m just a guy raising some money. But I really want to thank people for their response. I’m so grateful and I realize how fortunate I am to have the support, compassion and outreach from this community.”