It has been quiet on the Love4Gambia blog for the last couple of weeks! But that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been working away to cook up a few events and to spread the word about Love4Gambia! Lots of activities to come …
Silent Auction and African Soirée
First of all, I am pleased to announce the Love4Gambia Silent Auction and African Soirée on Saturday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m.. The evening will be hosted at the Tooth Gallery, the office of dentist Dr. Jill M. Taylor, which does not only offer state of the art dentistry, but also regularly features the work of local, emerging artists. Each artist is welcomed with a reception at the Gallery, which lends itself to entertaining and showcasing art. Please come join me at this unique gallery that will challenge your view of dentistry.
Not only will you enjoy the cool venue, but there are also amazing items on the auction block: would you like to see your Ottawa Senators in the play-offs (I have faith!)? Bid on a pair of tickets courtesy of Bruno Paravan, Manager, Residential Mortgages with TD Canada Trust. Need a day at the spa? Treat yourself to a $250 voucher from Le Spa and The Hair Loft courtesy of Bruno Racine, the genius behind Ottawa Fashion Week. Then come home and curl up on the couch with a stylish quilt hand-made by Ottawa artist Cheryl Dollard. Also available are two framed photos by photographer Terry SanCartier, whose latest show “What we leave behind” was a smashing success. You can also score a painting by Geoffrey McGuire, a Stubbe Chocolates gift card, a $150 gift certificate from Bushtukah, passes to performances at the National Arts Centre and the Great Canadian Theatre Company, a Starbucks gift basket, cool running tops from Dirty Runner Productions, massage therapy from Balance and Motion, and much more! There’s something for every taste and budget, so please come on out and join the bidding! A huge thank you to all our generous supporters who have donated the items! Tickets are $20 and include two drinks and hors d’oeuvres. You can pick up a ticket by contacting me at email@example.com or by dropping by Sports 4 on Bank Street.
Love4Gambia Presentation at Sports 4
And speaking of Sports 4, check out their newly renovated store at 149 Bank Street, between Slater and Laurier! Drop by on Wednesday, April 4th at 7:00 p.m. when I’ll be there to talk about my upcoming run across the Gambia, what motivates me to run 424 km in extreme conditions during my summer vacation and about my preparation. Great door prizes will be available! Hope to see you there!
Bushtukah’s S.W.E.E.T. Night
Ladies, please also drop by Bushtukah on Sunday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. for the annual S.W.E.E.T women’s event. Listen to motivating guest speakers, such as triathlete Jenny Hopkins, and mingle with experts. I’ll have a table at the event and look forward to meeting many members of our Team Love4Gambia there!
Orleans Running Room Presentation
On Thursday, March 29, I’ll be speaking to members of the Orleans Running Room Marathon Clinic about Love4Gambia and will join the group for a run. Look forward to meeting this gang of first time marathoners and to sharing running stories with them!
Thanks to Marc, we have also been distributing donation banks to a number of retailers in Ottawa/Gatineau! If you spot one of these, please drop in a few dollars!
Recruiting for Team Love4Gambia
In addition, I am still recruiting runners to participate in Ottawa Race Weekend and the Chocolate Race to run as members of Team Love4Gambia. With the exception of the marathon, Ottawa Race Weekend has now sold out and anyone who has not snagged a spot can check out the event’s web site to read about the transfer policy (transfers are permitted, i.e. you can buy a bib from a runner who is no longer able to participate – see terms and conditions at Run Ottawa’s web site).
Thanks to the support of Luke MacDonald at Aerobics First, I have received a sponsorship from Mizuno Canada, as announced on the Love4Gambia Facebook page last week. Mizuno is generously providing me with apparel and my favourite running shoe, the Minzuno Ronin, so I can run across the Gambia in comfort and style!
That’s just some of what I’ve been working on over the last few weeks. And of course, there’s the training! Even though the runs are getting longer each weekend, running is getting so much easier now that spring is here! Stay tuned for an update on training soon!
As always, thanks so much for your support!