Letters from Santas: July 2016

Everyone talks about our Christmas Hamper program, but do you know what keeps Santas Anonymous busy through the rest of the year? Follow our “Letters from Santas” series to find out what we’re doing, who we’re helping out, and what’s going on behind the scenes.

Every month, we’ll talk about our current work and invite a guest writer to share their perspective. You’ll learn a bit more about the people at the heart of Santas Anonymous, and why we love what we do.


July’s guest writer

SBThis month’s Letter from Santas is written by Robyn Byrne, who has filled a very special volunteer with Santas Anonymous since 2012. She’s our official bear wrangler! Robyn coordinates all of Santa Bear’s appearances throughout our community, and she’s always on the lookout for new opportunities.

If you’ve got an upcoming event, email us to find out if Santa Bear is available.
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Victoria’s Largest Little Airshow, Aug 13-14

13522736_10154401211367022_5016343380175596585_oFrom August 13-14, 2016, join Santa Bear and volunteers from Santas Anonymous at Michell R/C Airpark for Victoria’s Largest Little Airshow.

Hosted by the Victoria Radio Control Modelers Society, the airshow is open on both days from 10am to 4:30pm.

Admission is by donation, and all proceeds support Santas Anonymous.

Letters from Santas: June 2016

Everyone talks about our Christmas Hamper program, but do you know what keeps CFAX Santas Anonymous busy through the rest of the year? Follow our “Letters from Santas” series to find out what we’re doing, who we’re helping out, and what’s going on behind the scenes.

Every month, we’ll talk about our current work and invite a guest writer to share their perspective. You’ll learn a bit more about the people at the heart of Santas Anonymous, and why we love what we do.


June’s guest writer

Russ_headshot_1This month’s Letter from Santas is written by Russ Wong, a volunteer with Santas Anonymous since 2013. As our communications coordinator, Russ works closely with our executive director and a dedicated group of volunteers who contribute to our website, social media, and special events throughout the year.

And every December, you’ll find him greeting families when they pick up their Christmas hampers at our warehouse, and making sure everyone receives a warm welcome.
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Our thanks to the Dobber Classic

June 3, 2016

Dobber Classic 2016

CFAX Santas Anonymous is grateful to Jim Pattison Lexus Victoria and the organizing committee of the 23rd annual Dobber Classic golf tournament! June 3 was a beautiful day to be outdoors, and everyone had a fantastic time at Cedar Hill Golf Course.

Thank you to everyone who come out to support Santas Anonymous, have fun, and make the 2016 Dobber Classic another great success!

 

Update on 2016 Special Grants

Due to existing commitments and ongoing support for flagship projects, CFAX Santas Anonymous Society will not hold a public grant cycle in 2016. The next announcement for special grant applications will take place in late spring of 2017.

Letters from Santas: May 2016

Everyone talks about our Christmas Hamper program, but do you know what keeps CFAX Santas Anonymous busy through the rest of the year? Follow our “Letters from Santas” series to find out what we’re doing, who we’re helping out, and what’s going on behind the scenes.

Every month, we’ll talk about our current work and invite a guest writer to share their perspective. You’ll learn a bit more about the people at the heart of Santas Anonymous, and why we love what we do.

Our guest writer for May 2016 is Eric Spurling, a local community leader, businessman, and member of our board of directors.


May’s guest writer

Eric Spurling sharpened 2x3 300 dpi sRGB for internetAt Santas Anonymous, our focus is typically on getting your donations to children and families in need as efficiently as we can. But as our programs have grown to support more people in the Greater Victoria, so has our footprint…and our bottom line.

For May’s Letter from Santa, we’ve invited Eric Spurling to talk about opportunities for you to celebrate LEAVE A LEGACY™ Month by supporting the CFAX Santas Anonymous Society.

Eric is the founder of Victoria-based Proline Management Ltd., and has served on the Santas Anonymous board of directors since 2011. He puts his expertise in real estate and business management to use as a member of our finance committee and as chair of our HR committee and legacy committee. Continue reading »

Oak Bay Half Marathon

May 29, 2016

OBH-Logo-whitebgCFAX Santas Anonymous Society is the charity of choice for the Oak Bay Half Marathon, taking place on Sunday, May 29. Contact us for fundraising tips and join our team of runners to help local children year round.

Visit oakbayhalf.com to register for the 10k run, half marathon & relay, or the kids 1k fun run.

Volunteer as a road marshal

We’re recruiting volunteers to serve as road marshals at this year’s race.

Ask a friend, sign up with your coworkers, or gather the family and join us for a fun and rewarding volunteer experience. Check out the road marshal job description, and contact us at volunteer@cfaxsantas.com or 250-920-4644 to sign up.

Al Ferraby’s $21 for 21km

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Support CFAX 1070 morning host (and Santas Anonymous board member) Al Ferraby as he once again runs the half marathon on behalf of our Society. Al’s goal is to raise $100 for every km of the race!

On Friday, May 27, listen to Al’s show on CFAX 1070 and call in from 6-9am to pledge your support.

You can also donate online at Al’s $21 for 21km fundraising page on CanadaHelps.com, any time between now and July 29, 2016.

Kids 1k Fun Run Challenge

We’re looking for children under the age of 14 to participate in the Kids 1k Fun Run Challenge as members of our Kidz Helping Kids team. Contact us at volunteer@cfaxsantas.com or 250-920-4644 to get involved.

Just like Al Ferraby, we’re asking Kidz Helping Kids team members to collect donations on behalf of Santas Anonymous, but there’s no minimum amount required.

Learn how to quickly and easily set up a fundraising page at CanadaHelps.com, with “CFAX Santas Anonymous Society” as your selected charity. You’ll be able to send your page to others online, share it on social media, and see how much you’ve raised for Santas Anonymous. And since everything goes through CanadaHelps.com, you don’t have to worry about collecting the money in person.