Category Archives: Local

SFU Hot Chocolate Giveaway

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Kevin, Chris M., Janelle & Amber giving out free hot chocolate at the SFU Burnaby campus.

Doing good in the community doesn’t always have to take hours of planning and effort. In line with our Random Acts of Kindness, on February 18 our members took to the Simon Fraser University Burnaby campus to give out free hot chocolate in the Academic Quadrangle. We hope that we were able to warm up some students on a cold and blistery day!

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Random Acts Scavenger Hunt

One of the scavenger hunt tasks involved purchasing a hot beverage to warm up a Salvation Army volunteer.
One of the scavenger hunt tasks involved purchasing a hot beverage to warm up a Salvation Army volunteer.

Members of our group spent the afternoon running around the Tri-Cities area to perform random acts of kindness for both strangers and people who serve our local communities. Among the tasks that we performed were:

  • Delivering flowers to workers at Eagle Ridge Hospital
  • Bringing Timbits to police officers
  • Giving balloons to young children
  • Purchasing a hot drink for a Salvation Army volunteer
  • Serenading a group of strangers
  • Picking up litter

Thank you to Brianne and Rasmeet for organizing the event, and to Kevin, Anabelle, Eric, Raj, Chantal, Adam, Janelle and Jordan for participating!

See more photos from the scavenger hunt on our Facebook page.

Unwrapped: Coquitlam Centre Shopping Fundraiser

Click for full sized poster.
Click for full sized poster.

In the spirit of the Holiday season, the Tri-Cities Rotaract is selling tickets for “Unwrapped! A Charitable Night of Shopping” at Coquitlam Centre Mall on Tuesday, November 26 from 7-10:30PM. With over $16,000 in prizes to be won and lots of special deals and offers, it’s a night you do not want to miss!

Tickets are available for $10 from any Rotaract member or by emailing info@tricitiesrotaract.org. All proceeds from our ticket sales will go towards two of our upcoming projects: creating a Christmas hamper for a family in need, and a gift to the seniors at Hawthorne Manor. 

Please note that this is a 19+ event.

We Scare Hunger 2013

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After the success of the event last year, on Halloween this year we once again collected nonperishable food items from neighborhoods in Port Moody to support local food banks. Just an hour and a half of collection with our group of volunteers led to over 400 items of food being collected for SHARE Family & Community Services. Thank you to our team of volunteers: Ryan, Danielle, John, Adam, Kim, Chantal, Jordan, Janelle, Emi, Kevin, Nicole, and Chris!

Update: We’re happy to finally report the total from this year’s We Scare Hunger can drive in the Tri-Cities: 537 lbs! This improvement over last year’s amount of 512.5 lbs would not have been possible without all of our awesome volunteers and the generous donations of Tri-Cities residents.

Check out more photos from this year’s event on our Facebook page.

Thanksgiving Lunch

Stuffing candy bags at our meeting to give to the guests.
Stuffing candy bags at our meeting to give to the guests.

Often we have so much to be thankful for during the Thanksgiving season that we forget about others in our community who may be less fortunate. This year, our members were determined to spend the long weekend doing something valuable for the community, and we were very fortunate invited by the Rotary Club of Port Coquitlam Centennial to help out with a Thanksgiving lunch held in Port Coquitlam in partnership with St. Catherine’s Anglican Church.

Emi and Ryan working on the mashed potatoes.
Emi and Ryan working on the mashed potatoes.

Preparations began the week before at our October 10 meeting, when we stuffed bags of candy to give out to guests. Then on Thanksgiving Monday, we were up bright and early to help the Rotarians and members of the church prepare a menu of roast turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, salad, and pie. We also had the honor of serving the meal to the guests.

We were so happy to be able to spend part of Thanksgiving giving back to the community – thank you to the Port Coquitlam Rotary and to St. Catherine’s Church for allowing us to help out!

Janelle, Kimberley, Adam, Emi, Jordan, Ryan, Eric and Chris H. getting ready to serve lunch!
Janelle, Kimberley, Adam, Emi, Jordan, Ryan, Eric and Chris H. getting ready to serve lunch! (Missing from photo: Chris A.)

Rotary RIPS (Removes Invasive Plant Species)

Invasive species, or those that are not native to the local area, cause widespread ecological damage due to their rapid growth and ability to displace the endemic wildlife. So on October 5, 2013, we joined the Rotary Club of Port Moody in their Rotary RIPS (Removes Invasive Plant Species) program. We spent the day working with Rotarians, the Port Moody Ecological Society, and children from Camp Jubilee on clearing invasive species from the Noons Creek Hatchery area.

Thank you to all of our members who supported the event: Janelle, Eric, Chantal, Ryan, Adam, Michelle, and John.

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BC Special Olympics

Alex, Janelle and Jordyn at Zone Bowling.
Alex, Janelle and Jordyn at Zone Bowling.

This year, Jordyn from our club took the time to organize a group of volunteers to help out with the BC Special Olympics 10-pin bowling event at Zone Bowling in Coquitlam. The event took place on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13. Our volunteers (Jordyn, Alex, Janelle, John, Chantal and Jordan) helped with monitoring lanes and entering data. It was an inspiration to all of us to see how amazing some of these bowlers were and an affirmation of never making assumptions about another person’s abilities. We don’t think we could ever come close to bowling half as good as some of these guys! Thank you to the organizers and event managers of the Special Olympics, as well as all of the athletes and their families, for allowing us to be part of their weekend.

Burger & Beverage Pub Night

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Our first-ever pub night event at Port Coquitlam’s Cat and Fiddle Pub on Friday, July 5 was a fantastic success, with the event being a complete sell-out! For $15, our friends and guests enjoyed their choice of burger and beverage. We also held a 50/50 raffle and a toonie toss to raise additional money. A grand total of $1554 was raised from the event. Thank you to everyone who supported us that evening – your donations will make a difference both in our community and around the world!

Canada Day Booth

Sarah and Rasmeet showing off their Canadian pride at our booth.
Sarah and Rasmeet showing off their Canadian pride at our booth.

The Tri-Cities Rotaract Club spent the afternoon of Canada Day 2013 at Castle Park in Port Coquitlam running an activity booth for the kids. Games, tattoos and other fun giveaways were part of the attraction. We had a great time spending the day with residents of the Tri-Cities and celebrating our country’s 146th birthday!

View more photos from the day on our Facebook page.

Port Moody Centennial Parade

Rasmeet, Chris, Eric and Kimberley representing our club in the parade.
Rasmeet, Chris, Eric and Kimberley representing our club in the parade.

We were extremely honoured to have the opportunity to participate with dozens of other well-known organizations from the Tri-Cities in the Port Moody Centennial Parade on June 22, 2013. Over 100 years of Port Moody’s past, present, and future were represented in the event, which ran from the Port Moody Civic Centre down Murray Street to Rocky Point Park.

View the photos from the parade on our Facebook page.