This month we are hosting the 3rd annual Naught Noses Gala evening to raise money for Jest For Joy Clown-Doctoring foundation.
We aim to raise $10,000 on the night (28th Jan if you are available - it's at the River Rock Casino to make it easy to get to). Music by Micheal Creber, Comedy from Greg Kettner, silent and live auctions, food, bar, charity balckjack. It's going to be a fun evening.
I just joined the board of the charity Jest for Joy. They provide Clown Doctoring for long term adult in-patients. They go in once a week and sing songs and make the staff and residents laugh and brighten their day. This has been proven to help not only the mood but also the effectiveness of some treatments.
With our Fellowship fundraising drive drawing to a close (though we're always happy to receive unsolicited donations!), The Tyee is now looking for pitches from journalists with ground-breaking, solutions-oriented ideas. We're here - thanks to our readers' generous donations - to help fund these investigations!
The Tyee is fundraising to create four Investigative and Reporting Fellowships, grants we give to journalists to finance in-depth analysis of important issues in BC. Previous Tyee Fellowships have broken major stories, empowered citizens, and won national awards. They've uncovered dangerously inadequate dams on the Fraser River, argued for cheap public transit, explored the possibilities for improving our schools, brilliantly advocated for toxic-free job sites, and have chronicled the local urban farming revolution. Once we've raised the money - we have $3,500 to go and eight days left to find it - journalists can apply by proposing their ideas, which will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges. Anyone who donates to the Fellowship can suggest ideas and be entered to win one of three fantastic prizes. Visit http://thetyee.ca/About/Donate/ to help fund fiesty, fresh, investigative journalism in BC!
Interested in traveling with a purpose?* *Do the problems of poverty and international cooperation seem overwhelming at times?*Want to make a positive, sustainable impact on our world while challenging yourself? THEN JOIN US
Global Agents for Change is "Riding to Break the Cycle" again, and looking for 25 adventurous youth between the ages of 18 and 30 to join each of our 2010 cycling tours:
Interested in traveling with a purpose? Do the problems of poverty and international cooperation seem overwhelming at times? Want to make a positive, sustainable impact on our world while challenging yourself? THEN JOIN US
If you thought Twitter was just for inane memes and eye-rolling self-promotion ("Just met with a terribly important person and they were terribly impressed with me!"), have a look at the Twestival phenomenon.
Local businesses should participate in local causes - they can make small but significant changes. Think of the advertising they do - can they not pick a company that focuses on eco-printing? Can they not donate to a charity to have their logo displayed there, instead of on another company's billboard? The list goes on...