Give The Gift of Equality This Holiday Season

“Give equality instead of excess” – a powerful slogan shared to promote One Girl Can‘s holiday card campaign this season, and an important reminder to those of us who want to give back, not just give this Christmas.

Instead of splurging on sillyEcard_Design_Hover_Design_Final holiday socks, tacky Christmas sweaters, or doggy dress-up costumes, your money could be put towards educating girls in Africa. With a small donation, or through the purchase of beautifully-crafted, digital or printed Christmas cards, you can support the efforts of One Girl Can to build new schools, educate girls who are living in poverty, and mentor them to become successful, working women in villages where this is rarely an option.

Educating girls is one of the fastest and most effective ways of promoting global economic development and is the key to ending poverty and injustice towards women.

From an early age, Lotte Davis – Founder of One Girl Can, was exposed to the racial and gender discriminations that were rampant in South Africa where she was born and raised. She made it her mission to make a change and help girls thrive in an environment where they receive little encouragement, funding, or support to help them strive for success.

Through her hands-on support, schools have been built in small communities in both Kenya and Uganda, and over 193 students have been sponsored and mentored through educational Ecard_Design_Hover_Design_Final3programs that drive success for girls who aspire to take on important roles in the workforce – roles that have otherwise been reserved only for their male counterparts.

To learn more about how you can donate or purchase holiday cards to support this important and inspiring initiative, visit the One Girl Can website.

Stay tuned for an inspiring and thought-provoking feature story on One Girl Can Founder, Lotte Davis, in our upcoming January/February “education” issue.

Hockey Helps Tournament

We all know that sports can bring people together in times of need, and as a country that loves hockey, why not use the sport to raise awareness, money and support for an important cause? Homelessness should be on the forefront of the minds of the entire nation and we should strive to provide services and support to those who struggle with finding a safe place to eat and sleep and call their own.

The Hockey Helps tournament, held on 28 November at UBC Thunderbird Arena, will host both men’s and women’s tournaments to support those who are currently homeless. Participants register teams and play while raising funds to support the cause. Last year, nearly $350,000 was raised and given to charities that directly support the Vancouver community.

With at least three games and also 2 NHL pros per team, the day promises to be full of fun and excitement with the puck, sportsmanship and awareness for a great cause. Participants get commemorative jerseys, three great meals and of course, the excitement of a game well played! Come our and help to eliminate homelessness in Canada.

Visit the Hockey Helps Website for more info.

Fishing for Kids

Celebrating its ninth year as one of British Columbia’s most unique and successful charity events, Fishing for Kids returns to The West Coast Fishing Club from August 24th to 27th, 2014. Once again it will be benefitting the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) and hoping to make a million dollars over the weekend to support children and their families living with autism in BC.
Since the inaugural Fishing for Kids event in 2006, the tournament has raised over $5 million for beneficiaries – last year alone the tournament raised a remarkable $1.1 million during the weekend. This incredible milestone was achieved by a group of just 44 anglers and this year the group of determined fishermen includes Vancouver Canuck Dan Hamhuis, the team’s new Coach Willie Desjardins, the Canucks’ new GM Jim Benning and Assistant GM & VP of Hockey Operations, Laurence Gilman. NHL defenceman and two time Stanley Cup champion Willie Mitchell will be returning to his native BC to enjoy the tournament that he helped to found and Vancouver Canucks owners Paolo & Francesco Aquilini will also be taking part.
Funds raised will go to the Canucks Autism Network, which was founded by Paolo and Clara Aquilini. The charity supports over 1000 families in 55 communities throughout BC by enhancing the quality of life for children and young people living with autism. “We’re so pleased that the tournament continues to go from strength to strength each year,” says Paolo Aquilini. “The funds raised will help the inspirational children and young adults in our province that are struggling with the daily challenges of autism.”

“We are thrilled to be approaching our ninth year of the competition,” says Brian Grange, Vice President of West Coast Fishing Club. “We couldn’t host this event without the fantastic support of the Vancouver Canucks organization and the unwavering support of global financial specialist Macquarie, who has returned as our presenting sponsor for a fourth year running.”

Participants, sponsors and special guests will be treated to an intimate star-studded send off at Reflections at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia on August 23rd with a private concert by Canadian singer Tom Cochrane. Tournament participants will stay at The Clubhouse, one of The West Coast Fishing Club’s unique fishing lodges, located in the dramatically beautiful Haida Gwaii.

The Fishing for Kids Tournament, fast becoming the premier fishing tournament in the Pacific Northwest, is made possible thanks to the generous support of its sponsors. This year they include: Macquarie, The West Coast Fishing Club, Vancouver Canucks, Ledcor Group of Companies, Helijet, Aria Resort & Casino, The Province and Vancouver Sun, Bridgemans Services and Delta Group. To see more of our generous sponsors, please visit www.fishingforkidstournament.com

For more information on the West Coast Fishing Club’s Fishing for Kids tournament, call toll-free on 1-888-432-6666 or visit www.fishingforkidstournament.com

The World’s Largest Sandbox

On Saturday, 16 August, from 10am – 6pm, don’t miss Passage Give’s The World’s Largest Sandbox, created to raise money and awareness for children’s mental health. Participants are encouraged to gather at Second Beach in Stanley Park to play in the Sandbox all day long. The idea is that the Sandbox is in a safe space where children who deal with mental health issues can feel supported and encouraged to have fun! Passage Give was created by Passage Labs, the technology start-up, which seeks to raise awareness for social issues.

Kids can have fun playing mini golf, supported by BC Hydro, take a yoga class thanks to LuluLemon, jump in the bouncy castle, and get a nifty face painting. There will be lots of snacks and drinks too to keep energy high throughout the day! Also, Dr. Shimi Kang, a leader in childhood development will be there to educate and train on what services need to be provided and the role each of us can play in supporting children with mental health issues. There will be other experts there too, ready to dole advice to those who need it.

Don’t miss a chance to support this amazing cause while also having some fun in the sand and sun!

Yoga Charity Challenge with Homeroom Small Business Solutions!

by Mirey Faema

Small business owners around Vancouver have united to help Homeroom Small business solutions, a Vancouver based bookkeeping company, host a yoga challenge to from the 1st to the 30th of September 2014.

Owner of Homeroom Small Business Solutions, Teya Mali, hopes the challenge will help raise $3000 for Athletics For Kids. A charity based in North Vancouver that helps ensure British Columbian children have access to amateur sports. “When our staff came together at the beginning of the year to discuss our annual goals and vision, giving back to the local community was at the top of our list. We love what Athletics For Kids does for those experiencing financial difficulties and want to help them in any way we can,” says Teya Mali, business owner.

Teya and her team are passionate about yoga and with National Yoga Month happening in September they felt a yoga challenge was the perfect way to raise money for a great cause.

According to Athletics For Kids over one third of Canadian children are unable to participate in sports due to financial barriers. Each year the charity gives out scholarships up to $600 to those in need.

Participating studio’s include Bikram Yoga on The Drive who are offering a 50% discount on classes and monthly passes to all participants during the challenge and Open Door Yoga who are offering a free class to all participants. More studio’s will be announced closer to the challenge start date.

Prizes include a one month unlimited yoga pass from Bikram Yoga on The Drive, a Mala and bracelet from Mala Collective, a guitar from Rufus Guitar Shop  and a free tax return from Homeroom Small Business Solutions. More prizes will be announced closer to the challenge start date.

The Challenge Details:

Fundraising Goal: $3000

Charity: Athletics for Kids located in North Vancouver.

Cost: Entry is by donation. Individual’s must donate a minimum of $30 to be eligible for the prizes. Teams can enter and distribute the daily yoga required among the team. Minimum team donation for 4 or more members is $100 to be eligible for a prize.

Also we encourage our participants to find sponsors so that we can raise even more money for this wonderful charity.

Registration: Participants must register on or before September 1st.

Benefits: Empowerment, increased self-confidence, improve your well-being, and develop an amazing yoga practice!

Team building exercise for business owners.

Participating Studios: If you join the Homeroom Yoga Challenge you will be able to receive the following discounts to help you complete the challenge from Sept 1-30:

Bikrams Yoga at Commercial Drive – 50% off all yoga monthly memberships and class cards for participants.
Moksha Yoga East Vancouver- $25 intro month (regular price $40)
Open Door Yoga – One free class for all new members.

Prizes: All prizes will be drawn at the end in a raffle.
A guitar from Rufus Guitar Shop (more details coming soon)
One Month Unlimited Pass to Bikram Yoga on the Drive (To be eligable for this prize you must complete 15 days of your yoga challenge at the studio)
One Month Unlimited Pass to Moksha Yoga East Vancouver.
One Mala and Bracelet from Mala Collective
Homeroom Small Business Solutions – On free tax return (valid until June 2015)

Challenge Rules:

  • To be eligible for sponsored prizes provided by one of our generous studios you must complete a min of 15 classes in a sponsor studio during the month of September. Remaining classes can be self-practice. If you are a team one member of your team must complete yoga each day.

  • To be eligible for Homeroom Prizes you can complete the challenge however you please, so long as you practice yoga daily.

  • We want photos of you stretching uploaded to our Facebook group 🙂

  • Photo’s must be uploaded daily to social media.

  • If you utilize the generosity of one of our sponsor studio’s you must tag them in all social media.

Homeroom Small Business Solutions is a Vancouver based bookkeeping and taxation company.

Their goal is to make bookkeeping less intimidating and remove stress from business owners and individuals who are struggling to keep their books in order. With the motto ‘cool chicks doing books’ it was no surprise that the company made it to the finals of the Small Business BC Awards for Best Workplace. Although they didn’t win, the process allowed them to meet many inspiring business owners and motivated them to work hard to give back to their community.

Showcase: StageCoach Theatre Takes to the Queen Elizabeth Stage

On Sunday, March 16th at 2pm, families and parents alike will be entertained at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for the opening of Showcase, a musical event that will feature more than 350 students from the Lower Mainland. The concert is being held to raise funds for the KidsSafe Project, a charity dedicated to providing support and nutrition to inner-city children. The students in the show are all part of StageCoach Theatre Arts Schools, which are spread across British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, and Ontario. At StageCoach, children learn to sing, dance, and act and range in ages from grades 1-12. StageCoach and KidSafe are teaming up to provide a fantastic show for a worthy cause. Showcase will also provide the opportunity for parents to buy raffle tickets for great prizes such as bursaries for StageCoach programs and David’s Tea prize packs.

All proceeds from the concert will go to KidsSafe, which helps more than 450 children at six different schools each year through programming, education, and provision of nutrition. Come out to this fun event and help StageCoach build a brighter future with KidsSafe!

Tickets are $15 plus a booking fee and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com.