KOOL Oak Bay Half Marathon, Sunday, May 28

The KOOL Oak Bay Half Marathon is back, and we need your help to make it a success!

Support the “$21 for 21km”

Al Ferraby is once again holding his “$21 for 21k” campaign, raising funds in support of CFAX Santas Anonymous. Over the past four years, the $21 for 21km has raised more than $85,000 to help us fund local summer camps, help with special therapies, and assist families in crisis.

Listen to Mornings with Al Ferraby on CFAX 1070 from 5-9am, and donate to the $21 for 21km on CanadaHelps. Al will announce the total on May 26th.

If you’re running the half marathon, why not help Al toward his goal by joining our “race team” and collecting pledges toward Santas Anonymous? You can get a pledge sheet by calling our office at 250-920-4644.

Volunteer as a road marshal

In addition to donations to the $21 for 21km, we’re looking for people to help out by serving as road marshalls at the marathon, cheering on Al and all of the other runners. Check out the Road Marshal Job Description and contact us at info@cfaxsantas.com if you’d like to help.

 

Register for the Dobber Classic

Registration is now open for the 24th Annual Dobber Classic Golf Tournament, brought to you by Jim Pattison Lexus Victoria.

The tournament takes place on Friday, June 2, 2017, at Cedar Hill Golf Course, and the entry fee is $90 per person, including a delicious buffet dinner! This is a “fun” tournament complete with great prizes and a silent auction, with 100% of proceeds will donated to CFAX Santas Anonymous Society.

Contact Jeevan Dillon at 250-721-4048 or jdillon@telus.net to register your team.

Volunteers of the Year: Roy and Mary Baldwin


CFAX Santas Anonymous Society is proud to recognize Roy and Mary Baldwin as our volunteers of the year for 2017.

In their time with Santas Anonymous, Roy and Mary have contributed in almost every way volunteers can. You’ll find them in the malls helping families to pick Santa Bear wishes off of the tree, in the workshop helping to coordinate our operations, and at the warehouse greeting families as they arrive to pick up their Christmas hampers. Whenever you see Santas Anonymous volunteers somewhere in our community, there’s a good chance you’ll find the Baldwins close by!

Most importantly, you’ll find them spreading joy and happiness, with tireless energy and boundless enthusiasm.

Roy and Mary were presented with their award in February, and we are proud to share this news in celebration of National Volunteer Week.

We became involved in CFAX Santas Anonymous over 25 years ago through our friends, Lawrie and Jacki Smith. The growth of the society reflects the need of many in the community, unfortunately, and it would be better if there was no need for what we do! Of course, without that need we would not have met so many of the great people that are willing to give their time and energy to the cause.

I’m not sure that I have a favorite memory as there are so many good ones, but Mary would say how much she loves seeing people who have been helped by Santas Anonymous come to the malls to donate. She loves hearing their stories, helping them choose Santa Bear wishes from the tree, and seeing them teach their children that giving back is important.

Hopefully, we can continue to enlist new volunteers to ensure that this very important work continues until the day comes when there is no longer a need.

 

Roy and Mary Baldwin

Letters from Santas: April 2017

Do you know what keeps Santas Anonymous busy throughout the year? Follow our “Letters from Santas” series to learn more about the people at the heart of Santas Anonymous, and why we love what we do.

It’s National Volunteer Week!

This month’s Letter from Santas is coming out a bit later than usual to coincide with National Volunteer Week from April 23-29. But it’s worth the wait, because instead of just one guest writer, we have two.

We started by posing a simple question to Christine Hewitt, our executive director: “what keeps our long-time volunteers coming back?”

Here’s what she told us:

Why do Santas Anonymous volunteers keep coming back? Family is the key!

Many Santas Anonymous volunteers donate their time because of the sense of family we get from within our organization—a feeling that has kept some of our longest-serving volunteers coming back to serve our Christmas Hamper program for over 30 years. We get it from the close friendship between volunteers in our workshop, where we spend weeks and weeks preparing hampers. We get it from talking with people at our Tree of Wishes displays, and helping them decide how they’ll donate. And we get it from the smiles of the parents and children who come to our warehouse to pick up their hampers.

Our volunteers love that we treat everyone—including our recipients, donors, and sponsors—like we’re all one big family. Once you experience it, it’s hard not to come back for more!

Now that you’ve heard from our executive director, let’s look at it from the other side of the coin. Susan Czypyha, who volunteers in our workshop as a wrapper, wrote in to tell us how she got her start with Santas Anonymous:

My husband and I moved to Victoria from London, Ontario, in September 2015. I joined Newcomers of Greater Victoria in October that same year, and immediately got involved with the fundraising committee. Newcomers was raising funds for Santas Anonymous, and I was one of two people who took our donation to the Miracle on Broad Street radio-thon in December. While talking to staff at Miracle, I discovered that Santas Anonymous was looking for volunteers to wrap gifts in the workshop and quickly signed up.

We are here to be closer to our kids…one in Victoria and one in Vancouver…and their families. We don’t tend to buy the number of gifts we used to buy, as we now see more value in the time we spend together (and we just don’t need so much anymore). I signed up for wrapping because I enjoy it, have time to spare, and see it as a great way to meet new people and feel like part of the community.

The generosity of the people of Victoria is amazing, and I am sure there are lots of smiling faces on Christmas morning amongst the families we help. There is a lot of work done at the workshop, but at the same time there is a feeling of camaraderie and good will. I hope to be part of it again next year.

We say it often, and we’ll say it many more times in the future: without our volunteers, CFAX Santas Anonymous Society wouldn’t be nearly the success we are today. We’re grateful to everyone who’s part of our family, and everyone who has donated their time and effort to a cause they care about.

Thanks to Christine and Susan for sharing their thoughts and helping us to celebrate National Volunteer Week!

 

Learn more about National Volunteer Week at volunteer.ca.

 

Letters from Santas: March 2017

Do you know what keeps Santas Anonymous busy throughout the year? Follow our “Letters from Santas” series to learn more about the people at the heart of Santas Anonymous, and why we love what we do.

The year in review

Spring is just around the corner, and after a surprisingly harsh winter in Victoria it’s not a moment too soon! We’re looking forward to a busy summer at Santas Anonymous, and you’ll hear lots more about our activities over the coming months. But before we do that, let’s celebrate a full year of Letters from Santas! Continue reading »