Category Archives: Projects

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.

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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.

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.)

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

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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.

Reading Buddies Update

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Thank you cards we received from Mrs. Blanchet’s grade 1 and 2 class for volunteering as Reading Buddies this year.

Our last day of Reading Buddies for the year with Mrs. Blanchet’s grade 1 and 2 class at Bramblewood Elementary in Coquitlam was on June 20, 2013. We had a great time getting to know all the students and helping them with their reading skills! Thank you to Mrs. Blanchet’s class for being such wonderful students, and for the beautiful handmade cards they gave us on our last day.

Also, a huge thank you to our Secretary, Janelle, for organizing this program for us, and to all the volunteers from our club who helped out throughout the year: Eric, Emi, Danielle, Sarah A, Chris M, Eli, Jordan, Jordyn, Christy, and Kim.

Riane's card for our members.
Riane’s card for our members.

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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