19.4.18

Calgary Charity Shout Out

by Christina Rowsell

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After the terrible and tragic bus accident, the Humboldt Bronco GoFundMe campaign exploded world wide. It began with a goal of raising $5,000 to help the families with their costs. In just over 12 days it raised $15 million. This was the second largest GoFundMe to the nearly $21.5 million raised by Time's Up Legal Defence Fund.

This story took the world by storm. Media around the world talked about it. Honestly, it really hit me hard when I had to talk about it on-air. I'm a mom of two boys who play hockey and I just felt the pain, as did everyone else. 

In honour of raising funds to help people I asked my listeners to text or call me with information on the charitable organizations that are near and dear to their heart. And boy, did they deliver. So I wanted to share other organizations that are in need of support.

Here are a couple of organizations I belong to - www.100WomenCalgary.com and www.100kidscalagry.com. Plus there's https://www.facebook.com/100mencalgary/ and http://www.100mencochrane.com/

Homes For Heroes - They help house Canada's homeless or at-risk Veterans. David Howard, co-founder and president of Homes For Heroes said in an interview with Postmedia that they are confident thy can end the homeless issue facing our veterans within a 10-year period. Homes for Heroes is in the process of building tiny homes for Veterans in Bridgeland. A second village is in the works as well in Edmonton. Howard concluded his interview by saying, "They put their life on the line for us, we have to be there for them." Visit www.homesforheroesfoundation.ca

Calgary Charity Shout Out via soft rock 97.7 text:

I would love to tell you about Eagle's Nest Stoney Family Shelter in Morley. They are a small but mighty organization serving on average 176 women and 160 children each year. You can find more info on their website www.eaglesnestshelter.ca. People will have to call to donate but it is well worth it. They are trying to raise funds so that women who come to the shelter are able to get new underwear and bras. It's hard to imagine but true that many come to the shelter not owning these items!!! Thank you so very much for doing this today!!! You hit the nail right on the head when you say so many organizations just need to get the word out. I can't say thank you enough! Lee-Ann Baines from Calgary

Calgary Seniors Resource Society- Escorted Transportation Program helps low income and isolated seniors get to their medical appointments. We desperately need volunteers, we have hundreds of seniors in Calgary waiting to have access to our program but right now we are at capacity until we can recruit more volunteers. Google us and volunteers can call or apply through or website. Thank you so much!! Emma Rudolf Program Coordinator www.calgaryseniors.org/services-and-programs

As a 17 year Cancer Survivor and this type of help unavailable at that time I am a big supporter of this local organization. Wellspring Calgary supporting people living with Cancer and those that support them. Alma Taylor - https://wellspringcalgary.ca/

Handsome Alice Theatre - A charitable organization that is devoted to unleashing female, trans and non-binary voices through the arts. www.handsomealicetheatre.com Thanks! Meg

https://connectsociety.org/ Or the the deaf and hard of hearing - Michelle, Calgary

Thanks for the opportunity to share! REAP Business Association promotes local companies that benefit people and planet. Their website is www.Belocal.org.

The Ball is Round Society. We are a non profit that delivers soccer balls to children in underprivileged countries to create social change through sport! We have delivered over 300 soccer balls to over 30 countries! Www.theballisround.ca The Ball is Round Society. We are a non profit that delivers soccer balls to children in underprivileged countries to create social change through sport! We have delivered over 300 soccer balls to over 30 countries! Www.theballisround.ca

Alpha chapter of international women's organization Beta Sigma Phi is hosting a screening of Bridesmaids movie night at the Globe theatre downtown on Thursday, May 10th in support infertility awareness. Prizes, trivia, raffle, henna, bar and much more. Visit our Facebook page Alpha's movie night for tickets or more info. Thank you! Amber

https://thehappybirthdayproject.org This is a charity my bff started. It provides birthday parties to kids in shelters where families can't provide one themselves. This is heartbreakingly some of these kids first ever party. Michelle New Brighton

Meals on wheels! They can always use donations but they really need volunteers. I have been delivering for over 10 years and get such a good feeling every day I deliver. Kathy - https://mealsonwheels.com/

Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com and SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell.

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

12.4.18

BeatDrop Music DJ Producing Summer Camps

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Now, I know I'm dating myself by saying this, but growing up we had a collection of 45's, 8 tracks and cassettes. However, when I got into radio in 1991 we were still using reel-to-reel. NOW that is dating back.

Today, music is distributed for the masses via the internet and digitally reconstructed. Playing in a band out of your garage isn't passé, but you don't need a garage anymore, just Garage Band. It may look complicated, but for my 10-year-old son, he seems to have obtained an interest in electronic house music. So, how was I - a mother who is NOT musically inclined - going to teach him that? Yes, I'm a radio host, but I'm not a musician. That's when I found BeatDrop! They offer classes and summer camps for kids as young as eight-years-old!

Mitch Lee is the owner of BeatDrop and explains what they offer, "BeatDrop is a music production and DJ school. We have courses, classes and workshops for people who are wanting to learn how to make music and DJ."

Hudson Smith DJ
I was interested in learning more about their summer camps after my son took an introduction class in Ableton Live. Summer camps are for kids ages 8-11 and 12-16. The summer camps are a "mash-up" of everything BeatDrop offers from producing music, how sounds are made and how to arrange sound and create music. Plus, there are fun scavenger hunts to record sounds which they include in their music. Additionally the kids learn how it all works on the computer. Then they get a chance to DJ. They take hit songs and songs they like and learn how to mix in between the two and mix from song to song in a seamless way. The kids will use turntables and vinyl and go "old school" and teach them the fundamentals of what a DJ actually does. They get a mix of producing music and DJ'ing throughout the summer camp.

Although my son was interested in the classes, I wondered if he needed to be musically inclined. My son didn't have any experience with music like playing the piano. Lee explains, "We start at ground zero. If they have an interest and a passion - we handle all the rest. We have all the equipment to get them started. They just need to bring headphones."

Have a listen to my conversation with Mitch Lee from BeatDrop HERE to learn more.

To learn more about their summer camps visit http://beatdrop.ca/summer-camp/.

Other cool camp ideas:
Magic Camp with Brent Smith from www.vanishingrabbit.com
Reptile Camp with Jason Clevett from http://www.calgaryreptileparties.com/.
Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com and SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell.

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

11.4.18

Calgary Reptile Party Summer Camp

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

www.calgaryreptileparties.com
My eight-year-old son has been asking me since he was four if he could get a pet lizard. Naturally, my answer was always, "No." Now I grew up with brothers and they always tried to scare me with snakes, lizards, frogs and worms. I never really had an issue with the lizard or the frogs or the worms for that matter, but ugh, I still struggle with the snakes. Not that I hate them - as I squint my nose up- I'm just not a fan of touching them.

Frogs were my favourite. Growing up in the West Kootenay's we had a ton of tadpoles. And I actually liked watching them evolve. But I still didn't want one as a pet. To be honest, I prefer fur and four legs. I had dogs growing up and plenty of cats. But to have a reptile as a pet wasn't really my favourite.

As for my son, he's always loved dinosaurs, lizards and snakes. So for his 6th birthday I researched Calgary Reptile Parties. I was told about them with glowing reviews from my friend Ellen from Calgary's Child Magazine. Jason Clevett with Reptile Parties Inc., has been teaching people about the proper care and maintenance of reptile education for 10 years. With birthday parties, events, school talks and summer camps I knew I found the right place for my reptile loving son.

What I loveed was the passion of owner Jason Clevett. Since he was a kid, just like my own son, Clevett has had a passion for reptiles an amphibians. He's also volunteered as an assistant gorilla keeper at the Calgary Zoo, traveled to different zoos, nature centres and aquariums to learn more from others in the field. He was also a board member and executive member of The Alberta Reptile and Amphibian Society from 2007-2013, including President in 2010.

www.calgaryreptileparties.com
My son will be back again for the summer camp. So much fun for these kids that are structured to appeal to different age groups. The kids meet up close cold-blooded animals like bearded dragons, amazing frilled dragons, colourful geckos, snakes, tarantulas and scorpions. They may even come face-to-face with an 8ft surinam red-tailed boa constrictor! Perfect for my reptile son to get his reptile fix! (PS - the reptiles go home with Jason - but he does leave the parent with information on how to care for your own reptile pets.)

I had the chance to interview Jason about his summer camps. You can listen to his interview HERE.
To learn more visit www.calgaryreptileparties.com, www.edmontonreptileparties.com and www.canadianreptileencounters.com.


Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com and SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell.

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

9.4.18

Magic Summer Camp

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Summer camps are filling up fast. It's like they're vanishing!! Why not get your kids in a camp they'll remember for a lifetime. Brent Smith from The Vanishing Rabbit Magic Shop offers a Mega Magic Camp.

What a cool idea! When my son was little he so wanted to be a magician. I remember one time when he had a toy car, stuffed it in his sock and said, "Whoa, where did it go?" These camps are open to both boys and girls, children and adults alike! I asked Brent what is the number one trick kids want to know about and he replied, "Card magic."

If you have an aspiring magician in your life, this is the summer camp for him or her. Two camps available for 5-8 and 9-99 at http://www.megamagiccamp.com/. Mega Magic Camp, "Where REAL magicians are made!"

Listen to my interview with Brent here.

Other cool camp ideas:
Reptile Camp with Jason Clevett from http://www.calgaryreptileparties.com/.
DJ and music production camp with Mitch Lee from http://beatdrop.ca/.

Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com and SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell.

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick


16.3.18

Pet Nutrition Just As Important As People Nutrition

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Image Credit Pixabay
When it comes to nutrition, it's a no-brainer to take care of yourself and your family. But, your pets are family too! A proper balance of nutrients will not only improve the longevity of your pet, but it'll keep them happier too! With the right food, your family friend will maintain muscle tone, have healthier teeth and - in the long run - be able to fight-off infection. You'll also see their energy restored. Plus, their skin and coats will be shiny and healthy.

Dr. Julie Schell form Bow Bottom Veterinary Hospital says in veterinarian medicine they include nutrition as medicine. Schell says, "There are so many wonderful, therapeutic diets that can fit the needs of your pets. There are also home cooked diets that your Veterinarian can dispense for you to make at home."

Schell continues to say that commercial products that are properly formulated to fit your pets needs are also wonderful. She says, "There's a lot of Veterinarian research that goes into making the food." Some meals can be catered to treat specific diseases.

I asked Schell how popular is it for people to cook for their pets? She replied, "It is gaining popularity! We find that it is more popular for people with smaller pets because it's much easier to prepare a batch of food that will last a week." However, for people that are really busy, and don't have time to prepare or cook Schell suggests using a Pet Chef. Schell says this is a great way to help your pet if they have specific needs and a specific diet.

Schell continues suggesting, "With a good, solid diet you can actually maintain your pets feces even better." A diet can be created where you can create more or less fiber, depending on your pet and his or her needs.

Listen to Christina Rowsell with Dr. Julie Schell here.
https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell/pet-nutrition-just-as-important-as-people-nutrition


Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

14.3.18

Lone Star Mercedes-Benz 2018 GLS 450 Review

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Lone Star Mercedes-Benz 2018 GLS 450
As I continue my new car challenge with Lone Star Mercedes-Benz I've been test driving the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS 450. A lot of people have asked me why I chose Lone Star in the first place, and why I decided to go with a Mercedes-Benz. To be honest, it was the service that got me wanting more.

The 2018 GLS 450 is a full sized SUV and can sit a full sized family with 7 seats. It's a big vehicle in the sense that not only can we pack our family and our pets, but it's a great vehicle to carpool my boys' hockey team. Now, this is a bigger vehicle than what I'm used to, but I'll be honest it didn't feel like it. I didn't feel clumsy behind the wheel. I felt confident - which is what you want when you're driving your kids to and from one end of the city to the other.

What I loved about this stylish and spacious vehicle was that I could lower the third row to take our two dogs comfortably in the back - and pack the hockey and lacrosse bags - which is my life with two dogs and two boys.

A wonderful perk in the Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 [if you choose the option] is the heated and cooled front cup holders - something I wouldn't pass up on.

Lone Star Mercedes-Benz 2018 GLS 2018
Test driving a new vehicle can sometimes be stressful too, as you're used to your current vehicle - and you have to take the time to learn a whole new system. Remember I was telling you that it was the service that made us want to buy from Lone Star Mercedes-Benz, well it didn't stop short with the Delivery Specialist Matt and Kevin. They walked me though all the features so that I could enjoy the ride.

And, at the end of the day, I have to remember what drove me to Lone Star Mercedes-Benz - and it comes back to the service and guidance we received from the start. Lone Star has impressed my husband and I, not only for the vehicle, but for the support and understanding from the sales department to the delivery specialists. We are sold on the services at Lone Star Mercedes-Benz, which is Calgary's longest serving Mercedes-Benz dealership for over 45 years, which is why they understand their customers.

Visit Lone Star Mercedes-Benz at the corner of Deerfoot and Glenmore and online at https://www.mercedes-benz-lonestarcalgary.ca.

This is a paid endorsement

Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

12.3.18

The Complete Plate Healthy Eating Healthy Life

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina


The Complete Plate by Lauren Klukas
Lauren Klukas started in the world of competitive swimming, and went on to become a personal trainer teaching boot camps and running dry land training programs. After 5 years of personal training, genetic testing revealed that Klukas was positive for a gene that is associated with ARVC — arrythmogenic right ventricle cardiomyopathy.

Klukas was told that for the rest of her life she would not be able to do any vigorous activity or exercise other than light walking. That changed her life forever. However, instead of doing nothing — knowing the importance nutrition plays in weight management — Klukas created the Complete Plate.

The CompletePlate shows that weight maintenance, and weight loss, can be achieved through a balanced diet of ingredients that come together to meet both nutritional and caloric demands. Featuring meal plans for diets of 1,500, 2,000, and 2,500 calories, it is a collection of 30 meal plans with each day perfectly balanced to provide 100% of your daily macro and micro nutrient needs. *Based on current daily recommended intake (DRI) values.

Lauren Klukas spoke with Christina Rowsell about her journey and how she’s living a stronger, healthier and happier life. Listen to the interview HERE



Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

8.3.18

Jann Arden Not Your Little Girl IWD 2018

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Jann Arden
When a song comes along and smacks you in the face you have to take notice. Jann Arden has just released one of those songs! From her upcoming album These Are The Days - set for release March 16, 2018 - Jann Arden released her single called Not Your Little Girl. Arden says, "This song was pre #MeToo and #TimesUp as I wrote it a year and a half ago with my producer Bob Rock." She continues to explain, "This song came out of a desire to be heard and to be acknowledged and to encourage myself to go forward and to find a way to be authentic."

Not Your Little Girl is about the power in individuality. To be who you are meant to be. Arden says, "We all have people that stand in our path. And more often than not we are the people standing in our own way. Nobody can tell you what to do, how to be or how to dress. You can't let people take that away from you."

Listen to Christina Rowsell and Jann Arden talk about Not Your Little Girl here. https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell/jann-arden-not-your-little-girl

Watch Not Your Little Girl here https://www.vevo.com/watch/jann-arden/not-your-little-girl/CAUV71800012.


Not Your Little Girl by Jann Arden on VEVO.
https://soundcloud.com/christina-rowsell/jann-arden-not-your-little-girl

Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

28.2.18

Pink Shirt Day Kindness Is Free

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Vanessa McWilliams wears a hoodie with a simple message that says, "Kindness is free." Sounds like a simple message doesn't it? So why is it so hard to come by?

Pink Shirt Day in Canada was started by two young boys in Nova Scotia. David Shepard and Travis Price were standing up for a fellow ninth grader who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt at school. In return they went out and bought 50 pink shirts and handed them out to stand beside him.

So I guess we can either stand by and do nothing... or we can stand up and make a difference. Just like Shepard and Price, Vanessa McWilliams has an agenda to spread the words, "Kindness is FREE." Her story is one that tugs at your heart strings. At the age of nine McWilliams was diagnosed with alopecia. It's an autoimmune disorder that attacks hair follicles causing hair loss. And, as you can imagine, for a nine year old girl it's a tough road to travel. Today McWilliams is an inspirational speaker who shares her spiral down a dark path of self hatred, often sparked by the bullies who taunted her for something that was out of her control. The message McWilliams shares is how she picked herself up in finally finding her happy. Although her purpose shifted drastically when her oldest son was also diagnosed with alopecia. So now she needs to show her son and those around her that what happens in life doesn't define you.

I had the chance to talk to Vanessa McWilliams on Pink Shirt Day to spread the message that, "Kindness is free." You can watch the interview here https://youtu.be/xHOjzRjl5GM.



Be kind out there - be kind to yourself and be kind to others.

Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

26.2.18

BV Atom 3 Black Hockey Hero Giving Back Birthday Party Bags

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina


Imagine, as a parent, that you couldn't afford to give your child a birthday party, let alone a cake. It happens! On average, the Calgary Food Bank distribute 120 Birthday Party Kits a month. In 2017, the Calgary Food Bank distributed a total of 1435 Birthday Party Kids to families.

As part of an initiative through #HockeyHeros with the Bow Valley Hockey Society, they asked teams to find a way to give back to our community. The BV Atom 3 Team chose the Calgary Food Bank Birthday Kits because kids deserve to have a birthday party. You can watch their adventure in giving back here https://youtu.be/F3uzW0djDkc.


The Calgary Food Bank Birthday Party Kids are for any child turning one to 12 years old. There are Birthday Party Kits created for boys and girls in each of the following age groups:
1 Year Old
2 Years Old
3-5 Years Old
6-7 Years Old
8-9 Years Old
10-12 Years Old

Every item included in a Birthday Party Kit is solely based on donations. Birthday cards are always welcome, and the BV Atom 3 team took the time to make some personal cards.

If you wish to donate a Birthday Party Kit to the Calgary Food Bank the donated items often include: cake mix, icing, candles, balloons, a small gift age appropriate and a card. The Calgary Food Bank also says that they could use help with gift bags for older kids ages 9 to 12.

Find out more by visiting http://www.calgaryfoodbank.com/give/other-ways-to-give/.

Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick

23.1.18

Jamie McDonald | Adventureman | Canadian Tour

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

This wasn't Jamie McDonald's first adventure, but it was his first adventure across Canada, coast to coast. In February, 2014, McDonald was the first person in history to run from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast without the aid of a support crew.

McDonald is an adventurer from England, but found his way to our home and native land Canada. However, McDonald's adventure started as a young boy. He had a rare spinal condition known as syringomyelia where he spent the first 9 years of his life in and out of hospital. After being treated at a the Children's Hospital in London he was on his way to recovery. But, it instilled the importance of the Children's Hospital that carried through with him his whole life. In turn, giving back to the hospitals that helped him.

Under his belt is a plaque that reads, "On this spot between 8th and 20th December 2012 JAMIE MCDONALD from Gloucester set a new Guinness World Record for Marathon Static Cycling Time: 268 hours, 32 minutes, 48 seconds. McDonald cycled 14,000 miles from Bangkok to his hometown Gloucester raising money for the children's ward of Gloucester Royal Hospital.

So what's next? A wee run across Canada. I asked him why he didn't run across England, he replied, "It would be a stroll across a park." Canada is a huge country and it was going to be an adventure he wouldn't forget... oh and he did it in a superhero costume. I love it.

Listen to Christina Rowsell interview with Jamie McDonald HERE. Learn more about Jamie McDonald here www.jamiemcdonald.org. He'll be in Calgary Feb.5th-8th.
You can purchase his book Adventure Man HERE



Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

The Brighter Side Blog is a blog that shares Good News, Great Ideas & Amazing People. If you have a story to share, feel free to contact Christina. Subscribe YouTube Here, Follow on Twitter @RadioChristina@BrighterSideyyc and LIKE on Facebook ChristinaRowsellMedia and TheBrighterSideyycwww.christinarowsell.com

Additionally, Christina and her husband Chad are working on a documentary about Lyme Disease in Alberta called The Tiny Tick