Thank you to everyone who participated and donated at the 100 Men Who Give a Damn spring event, graciously hosted by our friends at Red Bull Canada. Beyond the funds raised from regular tickets, two local guys who give a damn elevated everyone by making a $10,000 match donation each! The proceeds from each match were split between the three charities.
Thank you Martin Jones and Darius Eghdami for your generous donations. Collectively, we raised $28,000 at this event, bringing total funds raised for local charities to over $150,000 to date.
Congratulations to Heads Up Guys for winning the vote of the night. That said, we were stoked to continue our five-event streak of runner-up charities receiving support too. Both the Lower Mainland Humane Society and Mackie's Place took away sizeable donations.
Thank you to all three charities for sharing their stories. Scroll down to find out more about each of the presenting charities and how you can get involved or follow up with them.
Representatives: John Ogrodniczuk (Founder) and Joshua Beharry (Project Manager)
Donation Received: $15,000 • Learn More: headsupguys.org
HeadsUpGuys is a unique online resource that was developed to support men in their fight against depression by providing tips, tools, information about professional services, and stories of success. It is the only resource of its kind in Canada, and one of the very few such resources in the world that is specifically dedicated to men with depression. As part of their efforts, HeadsUpGuys has compiled the Internet’s largest repository of videos of men sharing their stories of recovery and offering helpful tips for recovery. These videos can be found on their website and also on the HeadsUpGuys Youtube channel.
Lower Mainland Humane Society
Representatives: Johnathan MacFarlane (Director), Yuana Hexamer (President and Founder), Lindsay Zomers (Director) Sacha Spindler (Director)
Donation Received: $6,500 • Learn More: facebook.com/LowerMainlandHumaneSociety
The Lower Mainland Humane Society is an animal rescue shelter. They take all animals in the Lower Mainland dumped and abandoned that have health issues and behavioural problems. They don’t euthanize any of them and provide a sanctuary for many of them that can’t find forever homes.
Representatives: Irene Tsepnopoulos-Elhaimer (Executive Director)
Donation Received: $6,500 • Learn More: mackiesplace.com
Mackie’s Place is a drop-in centre for at risk youth right in the heart of inner city Surrey. Their mission is to engage, equip and encourage young people while creating a platform where the community can be part of supporting transforming young people’s lives. They offer young people a safe place to come, to eat, and feel loved, to be supported and inspired to dream about new possibilities for their futures. Youth living in vulnerable circumstances have an opportunity to be part of a healthy community of people. At Mackie’s Place hope is restored, and life-long mentoring relationships are developed.