Archives for month: June, 2010

Charity Tire Roundup Event at Standard Auto Wreckers

Posted by jg on June 25th, 2010 in Category Charity News, News from Canada (no responses)

Tire Roundup Event for Charity at Standard Auto Wreckers – Do your part by bringing in your old tires and have them recycled for charity!

Standard Auto Wreckers is collecting used TIRES to raise money for The Sunshine Foundation of Canada.

In partnership with Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA) and Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS), Standard Auto Wreckers will be collecting you used tires free of charge. All tire fees associated with each tire dropped off will be donated to The Sunshine Foundation of Canada and OARA will match the donation made from all tires collected.

There will be a trailer parked at the Standard Auto Wreckers location for the Tire Collection event.

What: Community Tire Collection Event for charity at Standard Auto Wreckers

When: Friday June 25, 2010 and Saturday June 26, 2010

Where: 1216 Sewells Ave. Toronto, Ontario

Bollywood and Cricket Players Team Up for Charity

Posted by jg on June 4th, 2010 in Category Charity News (no responses)

Great charity even happening as we speak! Bollywood stars and Sri Lanka’s cricketers hit the pitch for charity Friday to help rehabilitate child soldiers and build homes for families affected by the country’s civil war.

India’s Hindi language movie stars Sunil Shetty, Hrithik Roshan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Sri Lankan national team captain Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan, batting great Aravinda de Silva and Upul Chandana were some of the members of the star-studded teams that played two cricket matches of 10 and 8 overs each. Former Indian players Vinod Kambli and Ajay Jadeja, who has starred in Hindi movies, also participated.

“Being able to play with Sanga, Murali, Sanath and Aravinda I think is an absolute dream,” said Shetty who showcased his batting ability with a six against Muralitharan, the world’s leading wickettaker in his first match score of 26.

“A brilliant cause we are all here for.” The charity matches were part of International Indian Film Award functions in Sri Lanka.

Sabbas Joseph, director of Wizcraft International which owns IIFA, said the proceeds from the cricket will be split between “Cricket for Children,” an initiative by the U.N. Children’s’ Fund and Sri Lanka Cricket that helps former child soldiers, and Habitat for Humanity to build homes for 100 families in the island’s war-torn north.

Thousands of fans thronged Colombo’s Sinhalese Sports Club ground for an evening of cricket and music. Off the pitch, stars like Salman Khan, Viveik Oberoi, Anil Kapoor and Bipasha Basu drove around in open cars, greeting cheering fans.

Sections of the Indian movie industry called for a boycott of IIFA’s Sri Lanka events over allegations that Sri Lankan troops killed thousands of ethnic Tamil civilians in the final stages of the civil war last year. The protesters are from the southern state for Tamil Nadu who have linguistic and family ties with Sri Lanka’s Tamils.

According to Indian media reports, Bollywood’s biggest star Amitabh Bachchan, IIFA’s brand ambassador, his actor son Abhishek and daughter-in-law, former Miss World and actress Aishwarya Rai, will not participate along with actor Shah Rukh Khan.

$250k for Charity by Calgary Marathoners

Posted by jg on June 1st, 2010 in Category Charity News, News from Canada (no responses)

Great, uplifting article by Jen Gerson at the Calgary Herald

Clad in Spandex, gloves and thin metallic thermal blankets, more than 8,600 runners hit city streets for the 46th annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon. The contestants spanned the gamut, from elite marathon hounds to young families.

Renata Martin, 40, an auditor from Calgary, was one of the hundreds of runners to queue for free coffee after completing the 10-kilometre run. She said she trained over the winter for Sunday’s race.

“The winter is the best time to run. You can layer to become more comfortable,” she said. “When it gets warmer, layering up gets harder.” The temperature, which hovered above freezing, may have proven a bit uncomfortable for the sedentary. But for Martin, conditions were perfect.

“If it were warmer, I might not have made it out. I might have walked,” she said. This is the first year marathon organizers launched the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge, which raised more than a quarter of a million dollars “and counting,” according to Michelle Cobb, a spokeswoman for the bank.

“We are just thrilled with the $250,000. It’s the inaugural year for the charity challenge so we couldn’t be happier,” she said. The amount was well over the target of $150,000. The challenge gave runners the opportunity to gain pledges for one of 19 charities, including Team Diabetes Canada and the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

Team Diabetes was the top fundraiser, collecting more than $78,000. The marathon attracted several elite runners, including Lisa Harvey, a Calgarian and 1992 Olympian; Kip Kangogo, a Kenyan native who lives in Lethbridge; and Jason Loutitt of Trail, B.C., who recently won the Vancouver Marathon.

However, the Calgary Marathon is increasingly becoming a family affair as well. Scott Fisk, 42, a business analyst, completed a five-km portion of the marathon with his eight-year-old daughter, McKenna. “I wanted to do it because I thought I could have a lot of fun and get some exercise,” she said. Fisk said the race was a great opportunity to bond with his daughter.

“We ran for the first kilometre, then we got tuckered out a bit, didn’t we?” he said. “Then we walked and ran for the rest, but ran across the finish line. That was exciting.” Glen Scott, 40, an engineer, completed the 42-km circuit in just under two and a half hours in a specially designed wheelchair for runners.

“It wasn’t bad considering I had a flat tire for half of the race,” he said. “It was a little slower than last year.” He’s been participating in the marathon for the past five years. “I used to do the marathon as a runner. Now I race in the chair.”

Amazing accomplishment and great example of never giving up.