(L-R, Back Row – Children At Risk, Heartwood House, Helping With Furniture, Shepherds of Good Hope, Youth Services Bureau, L-R, Front Row – Founder Warren Creates, Honorary Chair Chief Charles Bordeleau, CEO John Brooman, Chair Craig Stewart)
The Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation and Chief Bordeleau presented local charities Youth Services Bureau, Heartwood House, Children at Risk, Helping with Furniture and Shepherds of Good Hope with a cheque for $225,000 on December 3, 2015 at the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival office.
The Foundation, paddlers, volunteers and friends raised funds throughout the year in support of the Foundation’s mission to support local charities. Funds are primarily raised through a Pledge Challenge taking place in and around the festival where paddlers raise funds by asking for donations and holding small events including bake sales, themed event nights and carwashes. Director of Fundraising & Teams, Shelley Freake, says “We are so proud of our teams who dedicate so much time and energy to fundraise for our deserving charities. Their commitment to our charitable giving continues to amaze us”.
Foundation CEO, John Brooman says “We are pleased to present these charities with funds raised through the support of our generous community. This support will provide funding for youth programming, a facility supporting numerous grass root charities, a summer day camp for autistic children, furnishing homes for those in need and helping men transition from the streets to the workplace.”
About the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation
The Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation was established in 2003 and to-date through its annual fundraising it has raised $3.7 million, benefiting 40 local charities.