Tag: Charity & Fundraising Posts

Entry #2 – BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Written on July 25th, 2009

The BC Children’s Hospital Foundation is an organization that works to improve the lives of every child who enters and leaves the BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. For many families, the BC Children’s Hospital becomes a second home for a period time, often while they are helping a child of theirs get back to help: BC Children’s Hospital Foundation (BCCHF) supports the people, places and things required to ensure BC’s kids have access to outstanding pediatric care. Since 1982, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation has worked with children, families, caregivers and hundreds of thousands of British Columbians to give Children’s Hospital, […]

Blogathon: Chilliwack Bloggers Unite!

Written on June 7th, 2009

Update – Blogathon will be held on July 25th this year. I’ll definitely be participating and supporting a local Chilliwack charity. You can read more about it at Blogathon.org Last year my friend Rebecca Bollwitt organized a pretty big charity event called Blogathon. The participants of Blogathon were asked to write 48 blog entries over a period of 24 hours, all the while raising money for their respective charities. It was a lot of fun, and a pretty big success. Rebecca and I both chose to support the Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver last year, an organization dedicated to helping […]

Some Simple Math

Written on May 6th, 2009

I ran across this article this morning about credit card debt, and started trying to figure out what it meant in terms of numbers. Nearly 80 percent of American families have at least one credit card, 44 percent of families carry a balance on their credit cards, and Americans pay about $15 billion a year in penalty fees, according to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s office. The current population in the US is around 305 million (2008 census). I don’t know how many families are in the US, but let’s take a rough stab and there are about three people per […]

Thank You

Written on July 27th, 2008

I’ve been lying in bed for about 20 minutes now, trying to slow my brain down enough so that I can finally catch up on sleep. Unfortunately, my mind has been racing ever since blogathon, and it’s been rather difficult to shut it off. While in bed tonight, I started thinking about the day I had today, the people I spent it with, and the events of this past weekend. Like a hiker nearing the end of a long trek, I forced myself to stop and survey the trail from which I’ve come; the moments of exhaustion, the long rainy […]

Matthew Good Ups The Ante For Blogathon

Written on July 27th, 2008

As most of you know, yesterday I was hunched over my computer pouring over the content for what turned out to be 49 blog entries in support of Blogathon. Thanks to a all the readers of this site and Rebecca’s site, and a generous donation of a personally autographed CD from Matthew Good, we raised around $1500 for the Union Gospel Mission yesterday. That money will ultimately go towards helping the homeless in Vancouver. Late last night, over on Rebecca’s “M” blog posting, Matthew Good decided to up the ante a bit. In addition to the autographed CD that some […]

Entry #49 – Blogathon 2008, Now Finished

Written on July 26th, 2008

As you can tell, this is my last entry. For the last 24 hours, I have essentially been in front of a computer, blogging about various topics that have interested me, and attempting to bring exposure to the realities that the homeless face in Vancouver. Rebecca and I joined forces this year to support the Union Gospel Mission, an organization in Vancouver that helps the homeless and the less fortunate in this city. First, I want to thank the Union Gospel Mission for nearly 70 years of effort with regards to helping others. By comparison, the little that most of […]

Entry #47: The End Is Near

Written on July 26th, 2008

This is it folks — only two more entries to go after this one. I have, for the most part, been awake since yesterday at 9am. I hit a pretty rough patch this afternoon, but thankfully managed to get through it. It’s been a really great experience, and it’s been a privilege helping bring some awareness to the issues the homeless face in Vancouver. Without a doubt, I’m pretty beat. My supper tonight consisted of peanuts purchased from the little store downstairs. Rebecca and John ordered Greek, but I’ve had so much caffeine that the thought of food basically repulses […]

Entry #45: Guest Post By Raul Pacheco

Written on July 26th, 2008

Duane invited me to guest post on an environmental topic, and since I had already been mulling over the question of privatization of water, I figured I’d do some quick research. Since this is an on-the-fly post and we are both exhausted after more than 22 hours worth of Blogathon, I am not going to do my usual super awesome in-depth research, and I’m just going to point you out to a quick reference page I found. The notion that water is a commodity kind of bugs me because I don’t think we can put an actual price on natural […]

Entry #39: Five More Hours To Go

Written on July 26th, 2008

Well, there’s only five hours left in my first blogathon. It’s actually been a pile of fun, even though I’m fairly exhausted. I want to give a big round of applause to everyone that’s been a part of this event, especially those that are also nearing the end (and thankfully, get to go to bed soon). There’s a third shift starting tonight at 10pm, so there will be plenty to read tonight. And while the blog entries and those who pen them are obviously to be commended, I think we need to all remember our respective charities, and remember the […]

Entry #38 – Charity Update

Written on July 26th, 2008

I did a quick tally of all the emails pledge I’ve received from Rebecca’s site, and we’re sitting at around the $400 $450 mark, which is great. Thanks to everyone who has pledged so far. My own personal goal was to try and hit $1000, and we’re doing pretty good so far. There are only about ten entries left, so if you’ve been sitting on the fences waiting to potentially donate, now’s your chance. As I mentioned in my last entry, Matthew Good has also generously donated a signed copy of his last album, Hospital Music, which hit #1 in […]