We are pleased to announce the 6th Annual Education for Africa Variety Show is scheduled for January 22, 2017 starting at 1:30, at Greenfields Pub & Eatery on Greenbank. Great talent! Great cause! Tickets are only $25. More information is available here:
6th Annual Education for Africa Family Variety Show 2016
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the 8th Annual Keep On Climbing Golf Tournament for Wounded Warriors. It was a great day! We raised $5,400, which is $2,000 more than last year. We will make a small donation to local service dog trainers, Canadian Canine, and the remainder will go to Wounded Warriors Canada. Since 2008, with the help of people like of all the people involved and matching of funds by the federal government in some cases, our events for various charities have raised almost $170,000.
None of this would be possible without the participation of the golfers, volunteers, sponsors, donors and those who were with us in spirit. We are profoundly grateful for the support.
Every once in awhile, I’m reminded about how something we do or say can inspire others, even though we don’t know it’s happening. If we are really fortunate, we will find out and it’s an incredibly satisfying moment.
I received a Tweet from a young lady in Virginia today who told me that she was inspired enough by my slogan to have an excerpt tattooed on her arm. I am truly honoured.
Keep On Climbing Golf Tournament 2016
Registration is now open for the Keep On Climbing Golf Tournament for Wounded Warriors Canada at Register.
Where: Manderley on the Green, Ottawa, Canada
When: Tuesday, August 9 starting at noon
Cost: Golf, dinner – $95
Cost: Dinner only – $25
See more details and register at Keep On Climbing Golf Tournament for Wounded Warriors
The silent auction items for the golf tournament keep rolling in. Now we have a BMW! Okay, well it’s maybe not that big but it’s great for a toddler. It will be available at the Keep On Climbing Golf Tournament for Wounded Warriors.
I’m very happy to announce that Westjet has donated one return trip for two people to any scheduled WestJet destination(charters exempt) for our Wounded Warriors Golf Tournament silent auction. Thank you Westjet!
We are very proud to have been recognized by Plan Canada recently with our names on their Wall of Fame. Thank you, Plan! It means a lot!
I’ve decided to slowly move the information about my writing to a dedicated website. This one will be used for our fundraising activities. If you’re looking for information about my books, please go to www.barry-finlay.com.
Once again we have two events planned for this year. Mark your calendars and get ready to have some fun while supporting two very worthwhile causes.
- August 9 – 8th Annual Keep On Climbing Golf Tournament for Wounded Warriors – to support Wounded Warriors Canada’s investment in service dog programs around the country to assist soldiers suffering from PTSD.
- October 2 – 6th Annual Education for Africa Variety Show – To support Plan Canada’s Tanzania Sanitation Project – the federal government is matching funds raised 8:1
We are starting to gather great door prizes and silent auction items. If you know of anyone who can help out, please contact us. Hole sponsorships for the golf tournament are $75.
We hope to see you there.
2015 was a fantastic year for fundraising and for me personally as an author.
We held our 7th annual golf tournament in August. Funds raised at the first five went to Plan Canada to help with various projects in Africa, You can read more about those projects in the Events section. We changed focus for the golf tournament to Wounded Warriors Canada in 2014 because we felt there was a real need to help our Vets and because we think the program we are raising money for is really helping our wounded soldiers. This year we raised $3400, which will go towards Wounded Warriors’ investment in the service dog program to help soldiers suffering with PTSD.
We held our 5th Annual Education for Africa Variety Show in October and raised $3365 for Plan Canada to go towards a much-needed sanitation project in Tanzania. With federal government matching, it becomes $30,285!!
We would like to thank everyone involved for helping us to reach our fundraising goals and then some.
I was very happy to be invited to take part in the Gananoque Literary Festival in May. I shared the stage with the likes of Peter C. Newman and Terry Fallis and it was a big thrill. I never dreamed that my writing would give me that opportunity but there it was. It was an honour to participate.
There were a number of book signings and events throughout the year but it was topped off in December when my humorous travel memoir, I Guess We Missed the Boat, became a Bestseller in a few travel related categories on Amazon Kindle.
So what about 2016? We have more fundraising planned. We can’t stop now! I plan to issue a newsletter early in the new year, which will feature two chapters of my new book, tentatively called “A Perilous Decision.” The book is scheduled to be released in May.
Thank you to everyone for your interest! None of it would be possible without you. Happy New Year! I hope 2016 is your best year yet.