- Once registered, we were able to share a link to our personalized fundraising page. Each donation would be linked to us so that we could keep track. A big thank you to: Denis d., Frank C., Judy N., Jeannette P., Lianne J, Astra G., Orest F., Ray R., Mary L, Suzanne K, and the Canadian Science Publishing Staff.
- We partnered again with our friends at Fiazza Fresh Fired. They created a feature #givewithheart pizza. The pizza had a peach and mango chutney base, fiazza cheese blend, roasted red peppers with roasted chicken or jerk tofu and topped with cilantro after fire. For each pizza sold, they donate $2 to our #HeartMonth campaign. Thanks to Ashley (General Manager at Fiazza) for organizing it with us and pulling it all together so quickly
As an added incentive, we contacted a few restaurants and asked them to donate $50 gift certificates to be used for draws every Friday in February – a chance at a special gift for anyone who donated. A big thank you to Local Public Eatery Landsdowne, SOCIAL, and chef Michael Blackie of NeXT for their donations.
- We also took the opportunity to have a raffle for a foodie basket and had a bake sale at our office.
I’m so very happy to report that Ottawa Foodie Girlz raised a total of $1025!
As a community partner, we were invited to the OHI for a reception and cheque presentation this past Saturday. Unfortunately, we were not able to make it at the last minute due to delays in my travel plans. I missed my flight on the way back from a vacation in Las Vegas (post coming soon). I did however make it back for the Telethon yesterday. I’ve volunteered a few times before but this time was extra special with the money that we had raised. I was assigned to the on-camera phones for the duration of the telethon. To my surprise, I was seating in the front row and quickly released that I’d probably be on TV! It was a great experience; I sat among some amazing people. The gentleman sitting beside me had been doing the telethon since 1984, and the only time he’s missed the telethon was in 2006 because he was recovering from his SECOND heart transplant. There were so many stories and reasons why people were volunteering; it was all very touching. Four hours quickly passed and by 7pm the Ottawa Heart Institute had raised over $7.7 MILLION dollars. I’ll definitely be back next year for more…