Dining Out For Life Vancouver

Every year over 200 restaurants in Vancouver (and Whistler), participate in a the annual Dining Out for Life in support for people living with HIV and AIDS. These restaurants will donate 25% of your food bill to A Loving Spoonful and Friends for Life.

So grab your friends and visit one of the participating restaurants today and enjoy a night on the town. If you can’t make it out tonight to any of the participating restaurants, you can also donate online.

You can follow Dining out for Life on Twitter or join their Facebook page.

You can also enter the “Great Estates of the Okanagan Wine Tour” for two, provided by Sumac Ridge Estate Winery by asking your server for a donation envelope and filling out the ballot.

Valued at more than $1000, the prize will include a two-night stay at the Summerland Waterfront Resort, dinner at Sumac Ridge’s acclaimed Cellar Door Bistro, and specialized VIP winery tour at Nk’Mip Cellars, Inniskillin Okanagan, Jackson-Triggs, See Ya Later Ranch and of course Sumac Ridge Estate Winery.

So as Julia Childs would say “Bon Appétit!”

Union Gospel Mission – Orange Day 2010

Now that the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games are officially over, the Union Gospel Mission (UGM) wants you to continue the party and great Olympic feeling to the Orange Day Campaign.

Leah Gregg, Community Relations Coordinator says, “Orange Day started because we’ve always given out oranges at our annual Easter dinner. Yeah, we’d serve over 3,000 scrumptious ham dinners to our hungry, hurting, homeless guests, and at the end of it, everybody gets an orange. It’s like saying: take hope home with you. You can start over. You can get off the street. You can reconnect with your family. You can peel back your addictions and discover a fresh life awaiting through recovery. We have programs that can help you achieve all of these things.”

Orange Day is about experiencing all the free and entertaining aspects of our fair city and sharing them with everyone. Instead of heading out for dinner, or a night out on the town, think about donating that would be expense to the campaign.

During the week long campaign starting on March 27th, tell your stories online by tweeting with the hashtag #orangeday and blog about your fun.

You can read more about the campaign on UGM’s Facebook Page or follow along on Twitter; @UGM.

Vancouver Twestival 2010

With the work of Rebecca Bollwitt and help from the many volunteers and Sponsors including Marc Smith from Amuse Consulting and CBC Vancouver for the venue this years Vancouver Twestival is looking to be bigger and better.

Twestival is a global movement which unites twitters from around the world in their local communities working towards one common goal or cause. This year the cause is Concern Worldwide who’s “mission is to help people living in extreme poverty achieve major improvements in their lives – improvements they can sustain without ongoing support.”

Vancouver Twestival takes place on Thursday March 25 at the CBC Vancouver’s Audience Lounge located at West Georgia and Hamilton Street. You can purchase your $20 tickets for the event via the Amiando system. Your ticket includes admission to Twestival, 1 wine ticket, 1 raffle ticket, appies, Twestival button, and some entertainment by the ever funny Rob Cottingham, live DJ, and Mojave. This event promises to be filled with fun and laughter, silent auctions and great networking opportunities.  You can follow along on Twitter by following @YVRTwestival to get important updates.

The goal is to reach $4,000 and it can only be done with your support. If you need more reason to come out and support this great cause, just look at the following video.

So come out and Tweet – Meet – Give!

Last Day of MOvember

Photo by Emme Rogers

Photo by Emme Rogers

Sad, but true, today is the last day of Movember. Interestingly enough it ends on a MO-nday

That’s right folks for all of you that have been squeamish about the furry lip faces walking around the city can begin to rejoice! But let us not all rejoice just yet. If you haven’t donated yet to this cause, please do so now. All proceeds that are raised during this long month fundraiser will go to Prostate Cancer Canada.

I’ve been proud to participate in this event and proud to show off my MO’s progress this past month. I’ll be sad to see it go, but before everyone rejoices that I will no longer have the MO, I will again grow my goatee :)

I like to personally thank everyone that has donated to me. Without your help our Twi’stache Vancouver team would not have been as successful.

The MO – 27 Days Later

Mo - Day 27 Yes folks, the MO is now 27 days old. 27 days of growing facial hair from scratch (ignore the fact that I had a goatee and shaved it all off).

This has been an amazing month of Movember. I’ve had so much fun participating in this great cause to raise awareness for men’s prostate cancer.

Alas last night I couldn’t attend the Movember Gala party at Fortune Sound Club since my back gave out earlier in the day and I couldn’t handle much of the pain. I was paying attention online and watching the Twitter stream come in from fellow Mo Bro’s that were in attendance. I was so surprised when John Biehler dropped by the event with a donation cheque of $5,000 courtesy of his LG Charity win from earlier that evening.

The Twi’stache Vancouver Movember team is greatly appreciative of him for thinking of us. LG we thank you as well for giving the money to a great cause, you truly are living up to “Life’s Good” motto!

It’s still not too late to donate to our cause and all donations go to Prostate Cancer Canada.