Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 9:15 AM

GivingTuesday - a Global Day of Giving

GivingTuesday logo with date November 28, 2017

Most people have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday; days when retail businesses offer deep discounts and huge sales in time for Christmas shopping.

The past couple of years, a new day has emerged that has less of a consumer focus.

GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering when charities and non-profits encourage companies and individuals to support their communities. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday to encourage acts of kindness.

The R.E.A.L. Program provides recreation and leisure opportunities to children and youth in financial need. It matches them, up to the age of 18, with one organized recreational activity of their choice.

Participation in sports, music, art, dance and other activities are essential for healthy child development. Proving these opportunities can be expensive and is cost-prohibitive for many families. R.E.A.L. helps cover these costs but is fully dependent on community support to do so, and 100 per cent of all donations to R.E.A.L. go directly to providing placements.

There are many ways individuals and corporations can support R.E.A.L. and some of them are listed below. To learn more about R.E.A.L. and how you can help give the gift of play to a child in St. John’s, contact R.E.A.L. staff at 576-2574 or real@stjohns.ca.
 
Individuals donate online
If you have a RECconnect account to register for our recreation programs and courses, you can also donate to R.E.A.L. through it.
 
Corporations and Community group donations
Contact our staff by calling 576-2574 to learn how your business or community group can donate. Recently the Kiwanis Club of St. John’s made their fifteenth annual donation, click here for details.

 
Community group fundraisers
On Oct.22, 2017 the Avalon Northeast Athletics group hosted a trivia night at Boston Pizza Stavanger Drive and raised $2084 for R.E.A.L.
 
This coming weekend Sandbox Gaming are undertaking an 80-hour marathon of playing board and video games, and some of the sponsor donations are earmarked for R.E.A.L. In 2016 Sandbox Gaming gave $6,639.52 to the R.E.A.L. Program.

 

City of St. John's fundraisers
The Recreation division offers Paint Nights for the public, with the proceeds from registration going to R.E.A.L. The next Paint Night for R.E.A.L. is this Thursday, Nov.30 and there are spaces available! Register online or call 576-8499 and for just $30 you create your own holiday-themed masterpiece and help provide a child with the gift of play.