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...)

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