Many local charitable and community organizations are missing their major fundraising events this year due to COVID-19, and have gotten creative to find new ways to reach their audience. We’ve found three local, virtual events worth your time to visit and give this June!
Step Up For Families – Going the Social Distance
Supporting Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon
Step Up is a virtual fundraising challenge that encourages the public to stay active – practicing safe social distancing, of course! – to raise money for families staying at RMH BC while their children receive life-saving medical care. Participants are encouraged to walk, run, or roll a total of 73km within the month, symbolizing the 73-room House that shelters parents and siblings
of children requiring care at BC Children’s Hospital. All individuals in a team may tally their distances together to reach the 73km goal. The event is open to people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels who wish to support families of RMH BC. Each time a run or walk is completed, participants may submit their results on the Step Up for Families website. The site will generate a personal fundraising page, which means every online donation will be automatically sent to RMH BC to cover the cost of families staying at the House.
This virtual fundraiser invites the world to unite in support of educating girls and eliminating gender inequality. The organization has adapted their original IWANTtoBE fundraiser – initially scheduled to take place in April at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom – to a global virtual event, where anyone in the world can join. One Girl Can’s fundraiser will be hosted by Mackenzie Davis, Canadian actress and One Girl Can ambassador. Alone, Together will feature inspirational speakers broadcasting live from Kenya, silent and live auctions, and a special live musical performance by Los Angeles-based musician Rainsford. Founded by Lotte Davis in 2008, One Girl Can is a Canadian registered charity whose mission is to enhance gender equality through educating girls living in extreme poverty in Africa.
Register for Alone, Together online through Handbid. Registration fee is by donation; anyone who donates $99 or above will receive an AG Hair gift box valued at $95. Attendees will require a computer or the Handbid app to access the event. 100% of all donations will go directly to funding scholarships for girls living in extreme poverty in Kenya.
No matter which local charitable organization you support, take the time to check their website this month. You never know what fun virtual event you may find!