Hats off to the Hope Centre in Welland

The Coldest Night of the Year walk for the Welland Hope Centre has been a great way to rally benefactors in the City of Welland and beyond. The pledge levels are far below the goal of $30,000. Thanks to all the people that did donate, keeping some of the programs and aid operating in Welland is better than nothing.

Hats off to the #CNOY Walkers

With over 85 walkers from a dozen communities in Welland it will be a fun evening among the volunteers and benefactors that walk.

4:00pm - Registration opens
5:00pm - Opening ceremonies
5:15pm - 10km WALK begins
5:30pm - 5km WALK begins
6:00pm - Registration closes
6:00pm - 8:00pm - Celebration meal served
8:00pm - Route closes

Corporate Sponsors

Thanks to the corporate sponsors of the walk and my campaign.
Media - Welland Tribune, 2DayFM Niagara, Niagara This Week, and myPelham
Digital and Marketing - Hitela Web Services, ARIDARIA E-commerce
Financial - TD Canada Trust, Canadian Tire Financial Services, PenFinancial Credit Union
Education - Niagara College, St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School
Other - Four Seasons Bakery, Hair Hunters, Health Wise, Seaway Mall, Niagara Storage on Site, and the Black Lantern Experience

Coldest Night of the Year - Donor Update

Coldest Night of the Year - Welland Edition

Thanks to the generosity so far I've managed to pass quite a few milestones. Donations continue to come in and I hope that a couple more One Percent (1%) donations can come in before the final day. The event will be held on February 22nd, 2014 and starts at the Welland Arena. Be there.

Thank you - Donors and Supporters

I've made it clear that sharing helps to get the link in front of the faces of people that have the time and money to make a difference in the city. Take an opportunity to celebrate the current donors and remember to donate soon to add your name or your organization to the list of donors.

$100 Donors (2% of Goal)
Hitela Web Services (Grimsby / Niagara Falls)
Jim Botari (Pelham)

$50 Donors (1% Of Goal)
Cathy Berkhout-Bosse (Pelham / myPelham)
Troy Soper (Port Colborne / All Things Geek)

$25 Donors (Half Percenters)
Chantelle Bishop (Pelham)
DeAnna Rose (Welland)
EJ (Niagara Falls)
Kristen (Niagara Falls)

$20 Donors
Michael Petrachenko (Welland)
James Takeo (Welland / BLX)
Judy Trent (Chippawa)
Marc Mckerracher (West Lincoln)
Steve Allen (St. Catharines / Noise of the Month)

$10 Donors
Rhonda Grimaldi (Welland)

$5 Donors
Amanda Angel (Welland)
Sherry Zapata (Niagara Falls)

There would be a lot more cold people without donors like you. Stay warm.

Donate at http://www.kurtismccartney.com/cnoy or http://www.kurtismccartney.com/donate-faster

Welland's Coldest Night Fundraiser

Coldest Night of the Year

In early 2014 I joined the Coldest Night of the Year walk in Welland in support of The Hope Centre. This helps a great local organization that supports families dealing with poverty.

Personal Challenge

Since I like to add value when asking people to give generously I've set a personal challenge, and I expect some others to do the same. When I reach $5000 then I will cut my hair and donate it. This challenge has until February 22nd - and I've been encouraging potential donors to let the community know this is serious by contributing now online. I will add push goals after $5000, which will only be announced after passing $5000.

The Hope Centre - Helping Everyone

Party hard for Welland's needy and get them the opportunities they deserve. It doesn't matter if someone is unemployed, disabled, elderly, or just having a tough time The Hope Centre has staff that can direct people to the right kind of assistance they deserve. Without your donations there could be less of that help to go around. Don't wait for large cumbersome national organizations to come around - start helping close to home by donating through this charitable event.

Please Donate or Share

Donate directly to my campaign - Donate - http://www.kurtismccartney.com/cnoy
Follow The Hope Centre on Twitter - https://twitter.com/TheHopeCentre
Support the Welland Cause - Get involved - http://coldestnightoftheyear.org/location/welland

Blood Clinic - November 27 2013

Upcoming Blood Clinic - November 27 2013

Its time to donate. The mobile blood clinic is coming to Welland for a drive, or it is driving to Welland for a clinic. Either way you look at it there is a need for blood donors that never seems to end, if you haven't donated.

Welland Blood Clinic - Odd Months at the Ukrainian Hall

Since the Welland clinic typically overlaps family holidays in the Winter and Spring there are more visitors, including myself, at the odd month clinics in the city of Welland. The facility is usually double booked cooking cabbage rolls and operating a blood clinic. It usually makes for a pretty great day for everyone involved.

Welland Blood Donor Clinic at the Ukranian Hall
Operating from Noon until 6pm
40 McCabe Street, Welland, Ontario

Canadian Blood Services - 1-888-2-DONATE

The Canadian Blood Services operates with a set of social media assets that push their message across every major platform. By following, liking, and subscribing to them you could save more lives by helping to reach additional volunteers through your friends and followers. Many marketing agencies can measure the value of likes with dollar values, Canada Blood Services operates to save lives and each like could be the one to save a life.

Black Friday in Niagara and Beyond

Black Friday in Niagara and Beyond

Black Friday madness is about to take hold again, in response I've put together some highlights that could help ordinary people to get what they deserve this Winter.

Black Friday Cross Border Shopping

For Canadian shoppers the deals at retailers in the United States have remained superior due to favourable International trade regulations across the border. The dollar value difference can be as much as one fifth of the Canadian price, if such a product is sold at all in Canada. Factor import taxes and currency values against the price and there is no way for most Canadian retailers to compete without taking major losses.

Black Friday Shipping Deals

Black Friday online deals are getting to be pretty popular and carry over into the appropriately named "Cyber Monday". All of these deals are available to Canadians that can receive packages at an address in the United States.

For anyone that doesn't have a relative or friend to receive US packages there are a slew of storage facilities that have expanded from just renting simple storage to include parcel storage services for registered clients. The best of the best send you an email immediately after receiving a package under your name.

Black Friday at Hotels and Restaurants

The last and most important factor is that cross border shopping comes with cross-border duties and additional taxes. Fortunately by staying for multiple nights in the United States and bringing along additional guests the waived duty limit increases. The rules surrounding this have changed in the last decade and I'd recommend looking up the current regulations on the CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) website, just to be safe.

Good luck on your shopping adventure.

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