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KidSport Dodgeball Tournament

Who doesn’t love a good game of dodgeball – especially when it’s to support a fantastic local cause? Our Community Service committee hosted a Dodgeball Tournament at Pitt River Middle School on Friday, May 8 to help raise money for Tri-Cities KidSport, so that all children in the Tri-Cities can enjoy the fun and benefits of organized sports.

Overall, nearly 100 participants came together to raise a grand total of $1,168.36 for the cause! Thank you to all of our players for coming out and supporting us #SoAllKidsCanPlay!

Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Click to view full poster.
Click to view full poster.
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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!

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.

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.

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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Castle Park Elementary Wheelchair Accessible Playground Fundraiser

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On Friday May 10th, the Tri-Cities Rotaract Club, in association with the Castle Park Parent Advisory Council and Playground Committee, hosted a bingo night fundraiser to raise money for a wheelchair accessible playground at Castle Park Elementary School in Port Coquitlam. With over 20 students with special needs and three in wheelchairs, Castle Park Elementary is in need of playground equipment that all of its students are able to enjoy together. The school was previously a semi-finalist in the 2012 Aviva Community Fund contest and was featured by major news outlets including CTV News. With many of our members having graduated from Castle Park Elementary and/or living in the surrounding neighborhoods, this was a cause near to many of our hearts that we knew we wanted to get involved with.

As this was our first self-organized fundraiser, needless to say our club was quite nervous about how the night would turn out. Thankfully, due to the hard work of our members and support from the staff and parents of Castle Park Elementary, the event was a great success! Over 450 people were in attendance – so many that we were constantly bringing in additional tables and seating during the evening – and in total, we raised $3,000 for new playground equipment at the school.

In addition to games of bingo, we also offered a concession, 50/50 raffle, and over $2,500 of prizes including a signed Ryan Kesler jersey, Vancouver Whitecaps tickets, and gift baskets donated generously by local businesses and Rotary clubs. The Tri-Cities Rotaract Club would like to thank all of our sponsors, the PAC and Playground Committee of Castle Park Elementary, and Port Coquitlam mayor Greg Moore for his attendance at our event. Most importantly, a huge thank you to all the parents, neighbors, family members, friends, and students of Castle Park Elementary who came out and supported our first fundraiser! Your generous contributions will go towards a playground that is enjoyable by all students for many years to come.

View additional photos from the event on our Facebook page.

For more information on this project, please visit the Universally Accessible Playground for Castle Park Elementary’s official Facebook page.

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