|Friday, November 29, 2013|
#GivingTuesday is coming to Canada and we’re proud to be an Official Partner! Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s a day celebrated around the world where charities, companies & individuals will come together in the spirit of giving back. We’re joining over 800 organizations in Canada to recognize this day, in the hopes of making the world a little better for everyone.
Do you share our vision? Here’s how you can get involved:
You can join the growing global movement to rally around Right To Play on social media.
1) Change your Facebook Cover photo (download here)
2) Tweet: I believe #PlayIsNotALuxury, it's the right of every child. Spread the word with @RightToPlayCAN on #GivingTuesday.
3) Share the following image (download here)
4) Donate today
Consider “playing it forward” this Giving Tuesday and donate what you would normally spend on tickets, merchandise or snacks at a sports game.
|Friday, October 11, 2013|
During the first week of October, our PLAY team gathered for the first Community Mentor Training of the year at Kinark Outdoor Centre in Minden, Ontario. The week-long workshop was attended by Community Mentors from First Nations communities across Ontario and Manitoba, as well as Right To Play staff and interns. Other attendees included PLAY Program Elders and representatives from valued partner organizations such as the Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (SOADI), Social and Enterprise Development Innovations (SEDI), the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC), the Iroquois Lacrosse Program, the University of Ottawa and Ontario AIDS Bereavement Project of Ontario.
Over the course of the training, new Community Mentors not only learned about the program, but also had an opportunity to put into practice the skills they learned to plan and lead Youth Leadership, After School and Diabetes Prevention Programs. Returning Community Mentors also had the opportunity to enhance their skills, build on previous successes and learn how to take their programs to the next level. Highlights from the week included a healthy eating So You Think You Can Snack challenge, where Community Mentors planned and prepared meals in the style of a PLAY program Intergenerational Tournament. Returning Community Mentors took part in a Share Fair, where they were able to showcase photos, videos and stories from the last year of their programs. With so many communities on board, new programs being launched and an incredible group of Community Mentors and supporters, it’s shaping up to be another exciting year for PLAY!
|Thursday, October 03, 2013|
On September 29th, friends and family of Ryan Malfara, and his Always Yonge team members, Tanya Casole-Gouveia and Lynn Moffatt, gathered at 1 Yonge Street to celebrate the completion of their Always Yonge Challenge – cycling the world’s longest street (Yonge Street) from start to finish in 12 days. 1896 kilomteres and 12 days after an exciting send off from Rainy River, they did just that! Ryan created the Always Yonge Challenge not only raise awareness and funds for Right To Play, but to show children that they can achieve anything that they put their minds to.
Despite the mixture of exhaustion and hunger that Ryan and his team felt when they arrived at 1 Yonge Street, they each took the time to reflect and share insight into their 12-day cycling journey. While Ryan, Tanya, and Lynn each agreed it was an incredible experience they also admitted to facing a number of challenges. The unprediticably cold and stormy weather, the strenuously long days on the saddle, and the unanticipated knee and ankle injuries that Ryan incurred forced the group to stay focused and inspired day-in and day-out. As Tanya noted,“Your body will do whatever your mind tells it to,” and that is exactly what got them through the 12 days. Without the dedication and support of his teammates, Ryan admitted he would not have been able to complete his challenge as he’d planned. As Ryan added, “Kids experience different challenges everyday and the abilty to play, interact with others and form teams is what gets them through those challenges. Without my team, I woudn’t have gotten through it.” Since Right To Play promotes team work and cooperation, it was inspiring to know that Ryan and his team members worked so well together to make it!
Click the links below to learn more about this amazing feat and those involved:
CTV News Story
|Wednesday, October 02, 2013|
We’re proud to announce the launch of our National Inspirational Speaker Series (NISS). Throughout the month of October, Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors and representatives will be traveling across Canada visiting 330 schools in 10 provinces. Thanks to the generous support of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), Right To Play will be reaching 150, 000 students during NISS- doubling the entire reach of the School’s program in just one month.
During these free educational and inspirational presentations, our representatives will be educating Canadian students and teaching staff about the Sport for Development and Peace movement. Our Athlete Ambassadors will share their incredible stories about the impact of sport in their lives, and inspire youth to stay active and pursue their own dreams.
One of the first stops on the NISS tour was Monarch Park Collegiate in Toronto. Head Physical Education teacher Bryan McAlpine said, “We had such a great day! Everyone was raving about the presentation. We have a very motivated group after today's presentation and we look forward to our next endeavor [with Right To Play].”
During their NISS presentation, Monarch Park Collegiate received a visit from Olympic Gold Medalist, Adam van Koeverden; Bryan raved, “Adam was truly amazing today. Aside from his inspiring stories [about] his work, he was also so great with the kids and he spoke so amazingly.”
Bryan and his students are now starting a Right To Play Club at Monarch Park Collegiate, and he is looking forward to hosting Right To Play’s first signature school’s event, Today We Play, on May 8th, 2014.
To track NISS as we travel coast-to-coast this month, follow us on Twitter @RightToPlayCAN and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/RightToPlayCAN.
|Wednesday, October 02, 2013|
The sunshine and fresh fall air made for a beautiful day to have the La Bicicletta Gran Fondo in support of Right To Play. Cyclists took to their bikes on Sunday, September 29th at the Endras BMW dealership in Ajax to begin one of two routes – the Gran Fondo or the Medio Fondo. The much anticipated Jet Fuel Coffee – Nocro Cycling team, Canada’s first UCI pro team, set the pace for each group and encouraged cyclists of all levels to cycle hard and to have a good time while doing so!
The morning ride was followed by a delicious meal provided by Pustaeri’s, specality drinks, and of course, a chance to mix and mingle with the members of the Jet Fuel Coffee team. In addition to the list of afternoon festivities was a raffle and live auction which raised over $13,500 for Right To Play. The list of items included a 2013 Bianchi Oltre XR2 framset, 2014 Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2 framset, and a 2014 BMC Team Machine SLR01 framset, all of which are on every cyclist’s wish list. The Gran Fondo’s line up of events instilled the essense of why sport and play is important at any age and our organization was glad to have been part of it.
We would like to thank Heath Cockburn and his team at La Bicicletta, The Jet Fuel Coffee-Nocro cyclists, Right To Play Champions Executive Board member, Gordon Bogden, BMW Endras, and all other sponsors and attendees. With their support, Right To Play is able to continue educating and empowering children facing aversity around the world every week through regular sport and play activities.
Click here to view photos from the event!
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