Third party events

October 1, 2010

I have finally found the time to sit down and introduce myself to our Organizational Blog readers, here it is:  Hi, I’m Jessica and I am the new Event Coordinator for Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC). Now that that is out of the way, I can get to the real reason I am writing: to talk about some of the stupendous third party events happening in support of YACC.

We love to recognize the people that support us! Especially the ones that come to us on their own because it means they have heard our message and want to make our goals their own. Lately we have had some awesome support from third party sources and I want to tell you a little bit about them.

This month, over the open roads of Newfoundland, four men from Ontario raced in the International rally race,Targa Newfoundland. The Hammerhead Motorsports team (Rob Hansen, Dean Novak, Brent Layton, and Gabriel Riff) broke in to two teams–Lawyers vs. Bankers–to see who could raise the most money for two charities (and of course who could win the race). The beneficiaries of the fundraising were the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario and Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC). Many noticed their feat, and you can read an article about it from the Financial Post.

By the time Targa Newfoundland wrapped up, the group had raised over $30,000 and half of those proceeds were donated to YACC. This is just awesome! These guys are the perfect example of raising money for a good cause and having a blast doing it. To these four, hats off to you and  HUGE thanks!

On Sunday September 24, we had another awesome YACC supporter out there racing for us. Meghan Drover, who has been a past volunteer as well as a member of our Young Adult Advisory Board, took it upon herself to run a half-marathon in support of YACC and has raised over $1,400 so far. Way to go Meghan!

We also had a class at Heritage Collegiate hold a fundraiser which raised over $100 for YACC!

These are just a few current ones I have mentioned but we get awesome support from lots of third parties that hold everything from golf tournaments to film premiers to support our cause. This shows the great thing about third party events: they can be wherever and whenever you want them to be and can be as big or small as your ambition takes you.

In an organization like YACC, every dollar counts and third party events are a great way turn $1 in to many dollars. As someone who just graduated from university, I am certainly not rolling in dough, but I see a third party event as a way anyone can make a difference. Not everyone has the ability to donate but that doesn’t mean you don’t know people who could. Pretty much anything can be done to raise money for a charity, from a poker game with a couple of buddies to a spa night with the girls.

The final point I want to make about events like this is probably the most important: Events like this are a great way to widen the Young Adult Cancer Canada network and spread awareness that we exist and the different ways we can help young adults dealing with cancer. The more people that know about us, the better, and third party events are a great way to reach people we may not have reached on our own (after all, while we are hardworking and very determined, we don’t know everyone).

So there it is folks, my first blog (hopefully of many). I want to say one more big thank you to all of our awesome YACC supporters who  have (or will hold) third party events for our cause and wish to encourage everyone else to get creative, get ambitious, and maybe just host one of your own!

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