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November and December In Summary

November and December In Summary

The Charity Guys had a very busy November and early December with five major projects that were spearheaded. We focused on our jacket drive, blood drive, pet pictures with santa, moustache fundraiser and helping with building a school in Africa. Here’s the breakdown of how each project went:

Winter Jacket Drive

garbage bags

We split into two teams in the beginning of the month to get some friendly competition going on which team would be able to get the most jackets. As a result, we got over 20 garbage bags filled with jackets, clothing and shoes that were able to go directly to organizations in need. The jackets went directly to Our Place Society and clothing was distributed between Cool Aid Society and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria. We also want to do a shout out to the Vancouver Island Tech Park for their huge donation; you guys are awesome!

Blood Drive

On December 4th, the Charity Guys got together with friends to give blood. This was the third blood drive we had done but we had many new faces come along that wanted to get involved. Lots of laughs were had and it was one of our best turnouts yet!

Pet Pictures with Santa

Bosley's On Yates

One Sunday, December 8th, Shatterbox Coffee Bar and Bosley’s on Yates teamed up to raise over $300 for Our Place Society by giving away hot chocolate and doing santa pet pictures just outside Bosley’s.

 

 

Moustache Fundraiser

moxies on yates

In the middle of November, Charity Guys undertook an ambitious project to help with prostate cancer research and awareness by doing something a bit different. We teamed up with local nightclubs Touch Lounge, Publik, the Strathcona Hotel, Paparazzi Nightclub and Darcy’s by getting them to dispense our magnificent moustaches for donations toward prostate cancer research and awareness. Moxies on Yates did an awesome job of making an event which was our most successful yet. A big thanks to Forbes Pharmacy for helping secure the moustaches too. In the end, we’d raised nearly $800 toward the cause, but we hope to double it next year with the lessons we’ve learned this time around.

Building A School In Africa

On November 30th, Shatterbox Coffee celebrated its first year anniversary by getting its closest customers to team up through a Change Heroes campaign to raise $10,000 to fund a school in Africa. They way it works is 33 people give $3.33 a day for three months and at the end, $10,000 is raised to have the school built. Kalen Harris, our fellow Charity Guy and owner of Shatterbox Coffee is giving his customers who chose to get involved in the campaign a free cup of coffee a day during the period as his way of saying thanks.

Now we’ll be winding down for the rest of the year but we’ll be back up again in early 2014. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Events, News | 0 comments

Our Place Society – More than a Soup Kitchen

Our Place Society – More than a Soup Kitchen

Our Place Society is a focal point in downtown Victoria for the homeless and vulnerable. The group provides valuable services and programs for those in need – beyond just meals. This fact isn’t as well-known as it should be. Many residents of Victoria still believe that Our Place is a soup kitchen… or even a homeless shelter. Both are far from the truth.

Aside from providing free meals, the hub provides free clothing, hygiene services, computer access, activities, pet food & care, and access to outreach workers, among many other things. This can be quite surprising to some. Steps are being made to clarify this through a comprehensive communication plan. What is widely known though is that the organization provides exceptional care for those who need it most. Helping to profile the added services and benefits will further allow the organization to meet their goals and help people improve their life situations.

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Posted by on May 3, 2012 in News | 0 comments

UPDATE: May 2012

UPDATE: May 2012

It’s been awhile since our last post, so we thought we’d give a brief update. There will be individual posts and stories to come soon though. It is a very exciting time for us!

In the coming weeks and months, we will be working with and/or on:

  • Our Place Society
  • Fundraisers
  • Canadian Blood Services
  • Garbage clean-up
  • Clothing drive
  • Victoria Hospice Society

We look forward to giving back and making a difference! See you all soon!

-Charity Guys

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Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in Events | 0 comments

Roaming the Streets of Downtown Victoria…

Roaming the Streets of Downtown Victoria…

On a chilly Super Bowl Sunday night, three Charity Guys met up to do what they thought would be a pretty typical night of giving away gloves, Tim Hortons gift cards, and pet food for the occasional dog. Although it’s become a typical thing to do, one of the most memorable lessons to date was learned…

Earlier in the day, one of the Charity Guys connected with a man who runs the Value Village near Chinatown and he gave us a few words of advice.

They’ll be able to get the food they need – it’s accessible and they don’t turn people away at theses places during their operating hours. The jacket drives help us. Giving away food is great, but what seems to have more of an impact is the experience itself… making that connection.

As we were walking down Pandora, a typical anxious feeling set in as we walked by groups of strangers. It’s funny that when you’re with a group of guy friends, a bit more bravado flares up so the anxiety didn’t last long. We walked by a car park and saw a couple that were off to the side, so we approached them. We did the usual routine, but one Charity Guy was rushing to get a away. What I hadn’t realized was that there was a full needle on the ground and we walked into the middle of something a bit awkward…

What made this experience stand out a bit more was the realization that when we’re making a human connection with another person – that is the experience. What we set out to do was connect with people who are homeless or mentally ill, and show them that ‘normal’ people do care. We’ve been told that for many people living on the streets, they don’t go to many restaurants or other environments where they feel they don’t fit in. Instead, they frequent shelters and soup kitchens, creating even more mental distance between these disparaging lifestyles.

What it’s really about is connecting on a human level with people who have become accustomed to the cold alternative of being treated like a problem. What we keep getting out of these seemingly odd, yet simple trips with the Charity Guys is learning compassion. The lessons of life are often in the details it seems.

Looking at it in a different way, charity isn’t really just about giving away physical things like money or food. Giving your time to make a connection with a person can have profound effects without us ever knowing. The experience of mentoring someone is far more valuable than simply donating $10,000 to a well-known organization. The $10,000 will eventually come to zero. The butterfly effect isn’t finite like ten thousand dollars, but never-ending as it is paid forward.

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Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in Events | 0 comments

Soccer Marathon of Dreams

Soccer Marathon of Dreams

On Saturday, October 22nd, the Soccer Marathon of Dreams took place at Reynolds Park to raise money and awareness for Victoria Street Soccer and Oxfam. One of the key organizers and facilitators was fellow Charity Guy Tomas Ernst. A few other members of the group made it out to support the cause, enjoy some food, and even partake in the soccer festivities. Coincidentally, a penalty shoot-out for all to participate was about to begin just as our group arrived. Needless to say, one of the Charity Guys took won the shoot-out and took top prize- a $50 restaurant gift certificate. This anonymous individual will be taking the whole group out for appy’s at the next meeting!

When all was said and done, smiles could be seen everyone, and it was great to see some of Victoria’s homeless population taking part in positive sporting activities that could help them forget about the troubling times going on elsewhere in their lives. Let’s just hope we can help these individuals find the hope they need through positive events like this…

-Charity Guys

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