Blood: Water Mission

The weather is starting to get pretty warm in places, and with it we all are drinking a bit more water than usual in order to stay hydrated as we go about our daily tasks.  Have you thought lately about how much harder it must be for people that go everyday without ready access to clean drinking water?

“There was a big push in the 80’s to do a bunch of water projects in Africa. And if you go back now, it’s like cemeteries of broken wells that only lasted for three to four years.” - Matt Ward, Blood: Water Mission

For the price of a bottle of water in the US, Blood: Water Mission can give a person in African clean water for a year.  Doesn’t that just blow your mind?  It sure stunned me!  You can read more here: https://philanthroper.com/deals/blood-water-mission.

Charity Event Roundup

Fanshawe Dragon Boat Festival

Fanshawe Dragon Boat Festival

It seems that come warm weather, the opportunities to raise some money for your favourite charities just keep increasing!  In the past week, our team has been involved in many great events, and not all of them golf tournaments!

Last week Saturday Robin Martin of our London Ontario team participated in the Fanshawe Dragon Boat Festival in support of the Rowbust Breast Cancer Survivors of London. Robin was rowing with a squad from the orthopedics department of LHSC. Their team “Bad to the Bone” ended up winning the consolation final in their division. Robin shares:

The weather was beautiful and we had a lot of fun. Rowing in a dragonboat is not as easy as it may look. Sprinting for 500 m and trying to get everyone to stay in sync is not easy when the majority of those in the boat are doing this for the first time, myself included. But I would definitely participate again. There were 47 teams in total and each team was guaranteed at least three races.

Heart & Stroke Big Bike Event

Heart & Stroke Big Bike Event

Our team has also been helping out with the Heart & Stroke Big Bike event in London all week, even in the hot weather!  Lastly, our team in Lethbridge Alberta participated in the Canadian Tire Care for the Kids Golf Tournament yesterday.  So many fun ways to raise money worthy causes!

World Day Against Child Labour

Two young boys working in a carpentry workshop in Casablanca. (UN Photo/Jean Pierre Laffont)

In 2002, the International Labour Organization launched the “World Day Against Child Labour” to bring our attention to the practice of child labour that still occurs in many parts of the world.

The latest figures estimate that over 215 Million children are still trapped in oppressive slave labour, with 115 Million of these being forced to work in hazardous conditions.  The ILO has set a goal of eliminating child labour by 2016, and current trends seem to indicate promising progress on this front.  Nevertheless, this is a very ambitious goal, one that can’t be reached without all of our help.  If you feel you can take a moment to help today, a worthy cause can be found in World Relief.

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

Two young residents from the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Acqba Jaber camp for Palestinian refugees in the West Bank. (UN Photo/Stephenie Hollyman)

Today is the International Day designated to remember the children that are victims of aggression.  While this day was started in response to the innocent children caught in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian forces, it has grown to remember all children world-wide that are victims of physical, emotional and mental abuse.

Today stands as a good reminder that much still needs to be done on this front.  While we are all very busy, perhaps we can take a moment out of our day to help out?  A worthy way to help out can be found through World Relief if you want to donate some money to the cause of Vulnerable Children.

International Day of Families

A family of the Madi tribe returns home from a refugee camp in Uganda. (UN Photo/Tim McKulka )

A family of the Madi tribe returns home from a refugee camp in Uganda. (UN Photo/Tim McKulka)

Today is the International Day of Families, which was started by an United Nations resolution in 1993.

Nerds On Site is founded on the 3-F’s principle, which forms the 3 pillars of our company: Faith, Family, Fiscals.  Today is a great day for us to all spend a bit extra with our families, both immediate and extended, and to think of those many families less fortunate than our own.

If you feel the ability to help out a family in need today, can we suggest donating a few dollars to World Relief?  Let’s all work to make the world a better place for our children!

Successful Event in Ottawa

Our team in Ottawa have been working with the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard for a number of years. The GEFC helps feed 500 families in the Gloucester area of Ottawa (approximately 1800 adults and children). The relationship was started by POD Leader Tony Mili providing free IT support and has seen us participate with the GEFC in the Santa Claus parade for the last 5 years. During the setup at last years parade our team got into a discussion about holding a ‘Fill the Beetle…Feed the People’ event on their behalf. At their request we waited until now but today saw the Ottawa Pod hold their first Ottawa ’Fill the Beetle…Feed the People’ in a long time. The day was a great success and we certainly managed to fill the Beetle! On top of all the food donations we also collected approximately $180 in cash donations. A big thanks goes to eNerds Len Cobb, Fred Farid, Stephen Kidd, Robert Goliss and Tony Mil for helping make this day a success!

A Trio of International Days!

Today is interesting in that the world observes three International Days at once!  Today is World Poetry Day, which is a UNESCO day; International Day of Nowruz; and World Down Syndrome Day.

Down Syndrome affects about 1 in every 800 babies born in the United States and is a condition that affects the way a child develops, both mentally and physically.  You can learn a lot more about Down Syndrome here: http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/genetic/down_syndrome.html.  Please consider helping out with research to cure Down Syndrome.  https://www.dsrf.org/support_us/donations

Living on $2/Day

The number of households living on less than $2/day per person surged by 130% between 1996 and 2011 in the United States.  We are so used to talking about poverty in third-world countries that we often forget poverty is a massive issue right here in North America as well!  Read more about this with CNN Money: http://bit.ly/xZOD6r.