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.

Movember – Final Week

As the new Michael Jackson movie states, This Is It. This is the final week of Movember. This is the last week where men from around the world all joined together and grew mustaches (or mo’s as it is know in Australia where the Movember cause originated back in 2003). Globally Canada ranks second next to Australia on the donation scale where we have raised over $4.2 million so far.

I’d like to personally thank all those who have donated to me so far, so if you haven’t please do so today. All the proceeds of this lovely MO are going to Prostate Cancer Canada.

Some short facts about prostate cancer:

  • 25,500 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone (2009).
  • 4,400 men will die of the disease this year.*
  • During his lifetime, 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with the disease.
  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to afflict Canadian men.
  • Rates of prostate cancer in men are comparable to rates of breast cancer in women.
  • The incidence of prostate cancer is increasing due to the aging of the population.
  • Over 90% of prostate cancer cases are curable if detected and treated in their earliest stages.
  • The disease is a far greater threat for those with a family history of prostate cancer.
  • Prostate cancer is turning up in men in their 40s.
  • Prostate cancer develops as a result of dietary, environmental and heredity factors but more research is needed to identify its causes and prevent the disease.
  • The disease has no symptoms in its earliest, most curable stage – so if you are 40 years old, we recommend you talk to your doctor about a prostate examination, including a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test.
  • Side effects – even of successful treatment – may include incontinence, impotence and changes in bowel habits.
  • Prostate cancer is often slow growing: in some patients, close monitoring may be sufficient treatment. Others, with more aggressive disease, warrant radical treatment with surgery or radiation. The latter treatments are sometimes combined with hormonal therapy.
  • Thought to be a potentially preventable cancer in many cases, but more research is needed and government support for this research is inadequate.
  • * Source: Canadian Cancer Society

I’ll leave you with an awesome video written by Tanya Roberts of Bluefinch Creative and produced by Greg Meeres of Boldfish Video Production on the Movember cause!

EDIT: A good friend Tris Hussey is auctioning off dress rehearsal tickets to the Vancouver Opera’s Norma before Blogger Night this Saturday. Please leave a comment on his blog and he’ll donate 100% to one of us Movember players.  Happy bidding.

Movember – Day 11 of the MO

It’s hard to believe that 11 days ago I shaved off my goatee and became clean shaven after 15 plus years of having a goatee. Of course that didn’t last for long as that was the first day of my 30 day journey of growing a mustache or “MO” all in support of Movember, a charity drive to raise awareness for men’s prostate cancer.

I think my MO is coming in nicely and I’m getting excited to seeing the end result on the 30th of this month.

You can still help by donating to my Movember cause. As the video states, every bit helps. Think about doing without that latte today and donate. Maybe I should offer the highest bidder to shave off my MO at the end of the 30 days or have them decided if I should keep it or not? At any rate, if you don’t donate,  you won’t get a chance to decide.

For more information on prostate cancer, please visit the Prostate Cancer Canada‘s website.

Twestival Vancouver Tickets Now On Sale

Twestival Local

Hey folks, Rebecca Bollwitt (of Miss604 fame) has been organizing Twestival Vancouver and has let everyone know that the tickets are now on sale. Tickets are only $20 each and all proceeds will go to the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

This year the event will take place at Ceilis Irish Pub (rooftop) on September 12, 2009 between 4 – 7pm.

This is a great event that is sure to have some great silent auctions and raise lots of money for the hospital.

This past February Twestival Vancouver raised $4000 for CharityWater. I missed that one, but won’t be missing this one.

Hope to see everyone out there for this great cause and hat’s off to Rebecca and all the sponsors for helping out!

You Can Help With The BC Forest Fires

This morning I received an email from a friend who let me know that the Canadian Redcross is in need of volunteers to help with staffing their call centre in Burnaby. They are staffing there to help with the forest fires that currently raging in British Columbia.

As part of their Disaster Management role, the Canadian Red Cross has opened a call centre to provide information and assistance to people in BC who are being impacted by the forest fire situation. The call centre is located out of the Red Cross Burnaby office, which is directly opposite a sky-train station and is easily accessible from all parts of Vancouver. They need help. If you are available, please let them know ASAP (number and email below).

They are staffing the call centre live with 6 lines open and are looking to fill the most critical shifts between the hours of 6:30am – 6pm.

If you’re available, please call Mike Loo to sign up for shifts at 604-709-6616 or email wzdminfo@redcross.ca

Feel free to pass this on to anyone who may be interested and able!

If anyone can help or you know of others please feel free to pass this on. Alas I can’t help during the specified times so I’m doing my part to spread the word.

Blogathon 2009 Edition

In just about 24 hours from now, starting at 6am July 25, several bloggers from around the world will participating in Blogathon where they will create one unique blog post every 30 minutes for 24 hours. Why are these bloggers doing this? Well they are raising money for their favourite charity.

A few bloggers from Vancouver and surrounding areas, with Rebecca leading the charge, will be blogging all day. Each of the Vancouver bloggers have their own charity they are supporting and I have highlighted some below.

I hope I didn’t miss anyone.

Jennifer from WorldWideWaterCooler will be coming up with Tanya, Russ and myself on Saturday for Chill on The Hill and she will be live blogging during her visit and stay up there. We will all be helping and supporting her on her quest.

I had thought of doing this myself this year, but alas I don’t think I have 49 blog posts in me. I will be helping Raul out by doing one guest post for him so stay tuned and check out his blog during the marathon event.

A lot of the bloggers will be at Workspace and you can help them out by either giving them food support or donating for their individual cause.

I wish all the bloggers the best during the 24 hour journey. You are all fantastic and doing some great things for great charities.