Pick Up Truck for Haiti

Pick Up Truck for Haiti

What happens when you mix people with a passion for the poor and a great meal at Boston Pizza? You raise $4800 in one evening!

Pick Up Truck for Haiti60 friends of More Than A Tourist came to our $30 ticket event and gave so generously, we more than doubled our fund raising goal. I planned in my head for $2000 towards our project vehicle, but the kind people of Spruce Grove, Alberta went above and beyond our expectations. I think Alberta is the place to go to raise money for a pick up truck – they really know what you’re talking about!

Pick Up Truck for Haiti

Soap Box Duo donated their talent and time as live entertainment – and kicked off the night with a wonderful acoustic rendition of this summer’s hit song “Honey, I’m Good”. The bar held 10 donated auction items including a few art pieces from Haiti, and these items themselves raised exactly $1000. I spoke for a few minutes about our job creation goals and the two wedding dress ‘pay what you can’ stores in Port-au-Prince, and then mingled with our guests who enjoyed a choice of three delicious meals from the menu.

Towards the end of the night as the crown thinned out and the organizers stayed to visit and catch up, the beer and the laughs kept coming. It was one of those nights with great friends that love your vision and want to see it succeed – a night out that has spurred me on to make this project long term, sustainable and something I want to continue to pour my life into.

I may have over 700 ‘friends’ on Facebook, but when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, having a handful that have seen me through sad, bad and glad times is worth everything.

I am so thankful that miles haven’t separated us but actually brought us closer.

Fund raising can be arduous, exhausting and dis-heartening or it can be fun, exciting and soul-lifting. I’ve done both, and I know which I prefer. Thank you, Jazmin and the other volunteers and sponsors, for making September 27 one of the best evenings I’ve had in years.

Joy and Hope of Haiti Celebration

Wow!  What a Night!

Hope and Joy of HaitiMore than 750 guests and supporters of the Hamilton-based organization Joy and Hope of Haiti gathered together on May 28 for their annual dinner and fund-raising auction.  The auction committee volunteers hundreds of hours to bring about one of, if not the largest, charity events in the GTA.

Carmen’s Banquet Hall in Hamilton hosted the event, with doors opening early for a team of volunteers to get started setting up…not just the tables and decor, but over 400 silent auction items! Items that included bicycles, paintings, gift baskets and 12 pizza boxes from Domino’s where one lucky bidder could buy ‘pizza for a year’!

The live items included not one, but two, weekly rentals of cottages in the Muskoka region as well as lunch with the mayor, Raptors jersey and tickets and Maple Leafs tickets.  The grand finale was Air Canada tickets that were raffled off – the winner and one guest could go anywhere in North America, including Hawaii or Alaska (or Haiti, which is where I would have picked!)

Joy and Hope of HaitiHere’s a photo of my sister Abigail (she came from Newfoundland for the weekend) and my older daughter, Shantaya, and I greeting and helping guests find their seats.  We had a wonderful time at the event and got to meet some wonderful people that serve with Joy and Hope of Haiti.