Category Archives: International

Benefit Concert 2016

 

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On March 3, 2016 our club held our largest and most successful event to date! Our “West Coast Story” benefit concert, held at Inlet Theatre in Port Moody, was a fundraiser for Jaaja Barb’s Home of Angels Orphanage in Mpumudde, Uganda. The orphanage, started by Abbotsford native Barb Giraud, gives a home to orphans living with HIV/AIDS in acute poverty.

The night featured plenty of local talent including acoustic singers, Taiko drumming, and dance crews, and featured plenty of free food and prizes as well! In the end, we were able to raise $5188 for Barb and her Angels! Thank you to all of the performers, sponsors, and guests, you all helped make the night truly extraordinary!

Our performers:

  • Chibi Taiko
  • Hudson Station
  • Chase Powersmith & Olivia D’amici – Encore Dance Academy
  • The Echos
  • Elizabeth Boey
  • OTW (Ones to Watch) Crew
  • Jesse Kazemir
  • Where They From – choreographed by Katie Chartrand and Marcel Tremel
  • Dance Express

Our sponsors, donors, and photographer:

 

View more photos from the event on our Facebook Page 

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Christmas Gifts for Barb’s Home of Angels

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This Christmas, we wanted to spread some Christmas joy to Barb’s Home of Angels, an orphanage of twenty children (and growing!) in Jinja, Uganda. We provided them with money for a Christmas dinner, which allowed them to purchase meat, chicken, matokee, irish potatoes, rice, bananas, watermelon, pineapple, and pop.

A photo of some of the children at Barb's Home of Angels getting ready for their Christmas dinner! In the middle of the table is a tree they found, which they placed in a pot, and decorated with balloons
A photo of some of the children at Barb’s Home of Angels getting ready for their Christmas dinner! In the middle of the table is a tree they found, which they placed in a pot, and decorated with balloons

There was some money leftover which they used to buy underwear for the children. We also purchased twenty backpacks (one for each child) and filled them with art supplies for the girls, and toys for the boys, along with pencils and a Christmas card. The backpacks will be sent to Jinja in a container in March, which the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen has provided for Barb.

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Barb’s Home of Angels is the same orphanage who received the proceeds from our benefit concert in the spring of 2014, and it was wonderful that we were able to help them out again!

Secret Garden High Tea

Click to view full-size poster.
Click to view full-size poster.

Our International Service Committee organized a high tea event on Sunday, June 14 complete with live entertainment and tasty treats. In total, we raised $2,000 for a medical clinic in Ndola, Zambia! Thank you to everyone who supported us – especially the Rotary Clubs of Port Coquitlam Centennial, Central City, Port Moody, and our friends from the District 5050 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. 

Pictures from our photobooth are available on our Facebook page.

A Night with the Stars Benefit Concert

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Vancouver-based band Pigeon Park were among the performers at our benefit concert to raise money for an orphanage in Uganda.

March 20, 2014 marked one of the largest events our club has held thus far! Our “A Night with the Stars” benefit concert, held at Inlet Theatre in Port Moody, was a fundraiser for Jaaja Barb’s Home of Angels Orphanage in Mpumudde, Uganda. The orphanage, started by B.C. native Barb Giraud, protects orphans living with HIV/AIDS in acute poverty.

The night featured plenty of local talent including acoustic singers, bands, and dance crews, and featured plenty of free food and prizes. In the end, we were able to raise $4,025.41 for Jaaja Barb’s Home of Angels! Thank you to all of our guests and sponsors who made the event our most successful one yet.

Click here to view our night program. 

View more photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Our performers:

  • Suite 301
  • Etienne Siew
  • Dkay Castillo
  • Acrobat Duo
  • Ones to Watch
  • W.I.T. (Whatever It Takes)
  • Benephit
  • Kellan Barnes
  • Prevailing Westerlies
  • Pigeon Park

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • The Rotary Clubs of Port Moody, Coquitlam Sunrise, Coquitlam, and Port Coquitlam Centennial
  • Cobs Bread
  • Calabria Bakery
  • Minoo Bakery
  • Joey Coquitlam
  • Pegasus Pizza
  • Soko Tea House
  • Cake Ya
  • Renaissance Coffee
  • Creekside Coffee Factory
  • 2nd Look Day Spa
  • Casa del Pane

Great Gatsby Fundraiser

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Our first major event of 2014 was a Great Gatsby themed fundraiser held at Old Mill Boathouse in Port Moody on January 11. Featuring a live DJ, cash bar, tons of food, and a photobooth, our guests enjoyed a fantastic night in a beautiful venue (and looked great themselves in their 1920’s-inspired costumes). In total, we raised over $750 to be donated to our current international service project: a bus for St. Dymphna’s Special Needs School in Tanzania.

Thank you to all of our friends and supporters who made our first fundraiser of 2014 a night to remember!

Check out pictures from our photobooth on our Facebook page.

You may also be interested in learning about our previous fundraiser for St. Dymphna’s: a Hawaiian-inspired luau in 2013.

Luau Fundraiser for Tanzanian School

Led by Chantal from the International Service Committee, we organized a Hawaiian luau-themed fundraiser for St. Dymphna’s Special Needs School in Arusha, Tanzania on September 7, 2013. Currently, the school does not have a bus to transport many of their students to school. As a result, many children who are most in need of an education are missing out on a chance to learn, socialize and receive meals from St. Dymphna’s. We were able to raise over $700 through the luau and all proceeds will be donated directly to the school. Thanks to everyone who came out for the night; we hope you all had a great time!

Members of the Tri-Cities Rotaract at the luau-themed fundraiser.
Members of the Tri-Cities Rotaract at the luau-themed fundraiser.

Days for Girls (August)

Kim, Ellie, Amber, Emi, and Nicole with a poster promoting the Days for Girls project.
Kim, Ellie, Amber, Emi, and Nicole with a poster promoting the Days for Girls project.

Once again, a group of girls from the Tri-Cities Rotaract helped out one of our sponsoring Rotarians, Vida, with “Days for Girls” this month on August 1. We’re excited to have the opportunity to participate in this cause on a regular basis!

Read more about Days for Girls on our original post or on their official website.

See more pictures on our Facebook page.

Burger & Beverage Pub Night [Ad]

The Tri-Cities Rotaract Club is pleased to be hosting our first pub night fundraiser on Friday, July 5. For $15, enjoy your choice of a delicious beef, chicken or veggie burger, and a sleeve of beer, highball or wine at the Cat & Fiddle Pub in Port Coquitlam (1979 Brown St). All proceeds support our club’s local and international service projects!

We will also be hosting a 50/50 raffle as well as a toonie toss!

For tickets, ask any member of the Rotaract club or email us at tri.rotaract@gmail.com. We look forward to having a great time with you on July 5! Doors open at 6:30pm.

Click here for the Facebook event.

Click to view hi-res event poster.
Click to view hi-res event poster.

Days for Girls

Port Moody Rotarian Vida Peterson graciously invited the girls of the Tri-Cities Rotaract to her home on June 11 to pack supplies for “Days for Girls”, an initiative to send feminine hygiene products to girls in developing countries so that they are able to attend school and live normal lives. It was a wonderful experience and we hope to stay involved with this project in the future!

View the full set of photos on our Facebook page.

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