The Bearspaw Lions Club is, as are all Lions clubs, an organization dedicated to raising money for charitable purposes. Check this thread to find out details of how we help others.

Bearspaw Springtime Charity Ball

Bearspaw Springtime Charity Ball

This event turned out to be one of the best fundraisers we have ever done, thanks to the Bearspaw and area residents!

Click here for the coverage by Global News.

Also, go to our Facebook page Bearspaw Springtime Charity Ball to see the photographs.

Please click here for additional details of this fundraising event for Nicholas Kitzul.

Calgary Food Bank Day at Bearspaw Lions Farmers Market!

September 23, 2012 is Food Bank day at our market! Come down and donate food you’ve purchased or cash to the Food Bank. Last year this was a great event that provided fresh food for the Food Bank’s needy customers. Cash that was donated was used to purchase fresh food at our market the next Sunday so both our vendors and Food Bank customers were winners.

Crowfoot YMCA has reached their Goal ($60,000) for Strong Kids Campaign

We are pleased to hear from the Crowfoot YWCA that they have reached, with our help, their goal for their yearly Strong Kids Campaign.  Here’s an excerpt from their website at: YMCA

YMCA Strong Kids Campaign raises much needed financial support for children, teens and families who are unable to afford the full cost of participation in a YMCA program or activity. We all wonder how our individual gift could ever have an impact? YMCA Strong Kids Campaign helps one person at a time, one family at a time and one program at a time. That might mean providing funds to:

  • Help a youth gain the confidence and skills to avoid addiction, violence, and isolation
  • Help a child attend day camp for the first time and meet new friends
  • Give a teen a safe place to go
  • Help a young immigrant learn English
  • Enable a struggling family to use a child care facility
  • Enable a child to make healthy choices by participating in a recreation or fitness activity

In 2011, our goal is to raise $1.2 million to help enrich the lives of more than 13,500 children and youth in Calgary. All money raised goes directly to children and youth so they can connect and belong, make healthy choices and reach their potential.

Bearspaw Lions Get Big Bite

The Bearspaw Lions Club and ultimately the “Lions Youth Camp” will benefit from a generous donation from Dusty Woznow, known by most for his previous establishment “Dusty’s Saloon”. Some $6,000 raised from Dusty’s recent auction sale has been donated to the Bearspaw Lions club to be used for a much needed septic system upgrade to the Lions Youth Camp near Cremona.

The camp hosts various groups such as Scouts, Guides, family reunions, bible groups, etc. The youth camp has also received a generous donation from “Wolseley Mechanical Group” to help supply all low flush toilets for the camp. A big Lions heart felt THANK YOU to Dusty and Wolseley for their commitment to this fine facility supporting youth programs.

Submitted by Lion Albert Rakowski

For information on the Lions Youth Camp go to www.lionsyc.ca or send an e-mail to info@lionsyc.ca

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Lions Fundraiser for Pakistan Flood Relief

In July and August, torrential monsoon rains caused massive flooding in Pakistan. Over 1,600 adults and children died and 20 million people lost their homes and everything. The Bearspaw Lions Club and South Asia Lions Club are holding a fundraiser to raise money for these flood victims of Pakistan. Please consider coming to this event or making a donation. Note that 100% of donations will go to the cause. None of the money donated will go to administration.

When: Saturday Oct 30th
Where: Bearspaw Lifestyle Centre, 253220 Bearspaw Road about 4 km west of Calgary City limits just south of 1A Highway at Bearspaw Road
Time: Doors open at 6pm, dinner at about 7pm
MC: Past Lions International President Judge Brian Stevenson
Format: Buffet of South Asian food provided by local restaurant, short speeches on the flood in Pakistan and what the Lions are doing, ethnic entertainment, 50/50, silent and live auctions, bar.
Price: $75 per ticket of which $20 is for the meal and $55 is a donation.

Donations not requiring receipt will go to Lions Clubs International Foundation. LCIF will give money to Lions clubs in area to buy and distribute food, water, and supplies. For those requesting a receipt, the donation will go to Canadian Red Cross who will issue the receipt.

If you need more information, please e-mail Roger Pilkington at r.pilkington@shaw.ca or call Roger at 403 239 0370

Lions and Haiti

Lions International and local clubs are directly involved in the relief effort in Haiti.  More than $1.5 million have been raised by clubs around the world, so far.  There is a huge effort being made by Lions on the ground as well.  For more information on this Lions’ effort open this article by clicking on the title and click here.

Our club has donated $5,000 to Lions International specifically for Haitian relief and another $5,000 to purchase shelterboxes, again, specifically for Haiti.  If you don’t know what shelterboxes are click here.  Our club has purchased shelterboxes in the past and they have gone to help people in other parts of the world.  Here’s a link to a letter that our President Roger received recently.

Individuals can donate directly to the shelterbox program if they choose.  Your contribution can be any amount you are comfortable with, it will go to help purchase more of these life saving shelters.  This will be very important in the upcoming rainy season in Haiti.

For more information on the local Lions clubs and what they are doing click here to go to our District web site.

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Giddy-Up For Wishes 2008

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Martha

Giddy Up for Wishes is about dreams – the dreams of Martha Birkett and the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses.  The Bearspaw Lions were instrumental in assisting Martha on this undertaking and helped to coordinate Lions clubs to provide lodging and support along her way.

Martha left Ottawa on horseback on March 30, 2008 and rode 3500 km along the Trans Canada Highway to Calgary, Alberta. She arrived in time for the Calgary Stampede and was in the Stampede parade. Her goal was to raise money and awareness for the Children’s Wish Foundation.   Martha presented a cheque for over $200,000 to the Childrens Wish Foundation in early 2009.  For more details (read her blog – it’s fascinating) go to her website www.giddyupforwishes.com.

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Truck & Trailer

Truck & Trailer