Doing hard time for a good cause


Sometimes, being on the wrong side of the law can feel so good, like that time I crossed the street when the hand was flashing orange. The exhiliration!

This year I am volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society for their annual Jail-N-Bail campaign!

Jail-N-Bail involves mock arrests of willing and fun-loving participants who are taken to a mock jail at the event site. You can choose to turn yourself in or help put a felon behind bars. After a playful trial, the jailbird is found guilty and bail is set. The jailbird can choose to go to jail or they can volunteer for house arrest to raise as much bail money as possible by contacting family, friends, co-workers and businesses for tax-deductible donations.

The money raised through Jail-N-Bail helps the Society continue its fight for life by funding the most promising cancer research, support programs and services for people living with cancer, comprehensive cancer information, prevention initiatives, and advocacy for healthy public policy.

Here's where my call to readers comes in: we're still on the lookout for jailbirds! Feeling a wee bit of guilt yourself or know someone who you'd like to snitch on? Consider doing some hard time for a good cause!

Canadian Cancer Society Jail-N-Bail | Facebook Page

Quiet No More

It seems like every day owns some cause or another, and today happens to be Purple Day. It's all about epilepsy. Technically, all of March is epilepsy awareness month, and according Epilepsy Canada, "Over 300,000 Canadians battle the seizures of epilepsy every day. Each year another 15,000 are diagnosed with this neurological condition."

Purple Day is an event designed to raise awareness of epilepsy. Beginning in 2008, people are encouraged to wear a purple-coloured item of clothing on March 26. Purple and lavender are often associated with epilepsy…

Being someone affected by the condition, I am proud to add myself to the notable ranks of Julius Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, Vladimir Lenin, Muhammad and Danny Glover, amongst others. However, it still sucks big time, and carries both personal and social repercussions. Also from Epilepsy Canada:

Would you be surprised to that there are twice as many Canadians living with epilepsy as with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis– combined?  Due to the stigma that surrounds epilepsy, many with the disorder have been reluctant to speak out about it. As a result it has been dubbed "The Silent Disorder".  March is Epilepsy Month, a good time to break the silence.

I understand that people tend to focus their attention on Cancer, Heart & Stroke or Diabetes, but I wouldn't mind seeing a little love go towards supporting Epilepsy research as well, so please consider donating.



Yet another chick took my money


Some old guy stopped by my office today, doing an Easter fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters Lethbridge, using these cute chicks as bait.

For a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lethbridge you can put an Easter smile on the face of a freind, family member or co-worker.

Their cheeps were so cute! I love when birds sing about me 🙂

Catwalk gives to cat ranch; donates even more from sales

Catwalk Salon Spa is being awesome again, this time showing their support for the Last Chance Cat Ranch, and the tragedy that befell it.

Jo-Anne writes:

Due to the horrible tragedy at Last Chance Cat Ranch, Catwalk Salon Spa has donated $500.00 to the the non-profit organization. We will also be donating $1.00 from every retail sale in the month of March to the group, so if there's anything you need now's the time to get it to help this local group.

You can also donate to their Paypal account [email protected] or at Family Pet Hospital.

With our major love of our cats and all animals, this really hit home and our hearts go out to all the suffering and lost kitties.

Catwalk Salon Spa can be reached at 403-327-4555, and is located at 618 3rd Avenue South.




Last Chance Cat Ranch needs your help

As reported by Lethbridge News, the Last Chance Cat Ranch burnt down yesterday:

Lethbridge Animal Services posted a message on the City of Lethbridge Facebook page stating between the 17 cats they took in and the ones that other people brought in, Family Pet said their total was up to 28. The search will continue today to see how many more can be found.

According to information on the City of Lethbridge website, the initial estimated value of damage is approximately $150,000.

People wanting to make donations to help the 27 burn-victim cats at Family Pet Hospital can do so by phoning 403.320.5200.

For other ways you can help, check out the Last Chance Cat Ranch Facebook page.

UPDATE: Here's a CFCN news report:


So I won a hockey stick…thanks Movember!

You think I'd be done and over this already, but I just wanted to throw out there that thanks to Bert & Mac's Source for Sports & Movember Canada, I won myself an autographed Paul Stastny Sher-Wood Hockey Mo'Stick! I don't even like hockey!

If this is your thing, you can still get yourself one and Sher-Wood will donate 15% of sales to Movember.


Here's Paul Stastny:


Movember Moustache Mitten contest wrap-up

Now that Movember has passed, I want to give big thanks to everyone who helped with my fundraising efforts! Personally, I raised $625 dollars! Cumulatively the LCSA team raised $2909 big ones. And we were treated to a complimentary hot shave by Tommy Guns (gentlemen, seriously treat yourselves to this).

So may I present Peter Joosten, owner of Euro Physical Therapy, as the winner of my Movember Moustache Mitten contest, sponsored by Edit : Stylish & Sustainable Accessories:

Also, @TRajcic27 won the pair of tickets for my Gala Parté contest. Congrats to you both!


Movember events around the city

Here's a round-up of the Movember events (that I've come across) happening in the city. Also, don't forget that there's still a few days left to enter my Movember Moustache Mitten contest, as well as a chance to win a pair of Gala Parté tickets.

LCSA's Cowboy Cabaret fundraiser this Friday
The Lethbridge College Students' Association is holding a Cowboy Cabaret fundraiser for Movember this Friday at 7PM at the Barn. For $2, you get 3 great country acts (The Coal Creek Boys, Armond Duck Chief, and Alyssa McQuaid) and pulled pork sandwiches slow roasted by Engineering students. Anyone who wears a moustache, real or fake, also gets drink discounts. There will be a silent auction, as well as door prizes.

ULeth Art Society Movember Live Art & Silent Auction this Thursday
This Thursday at 7PM at Essies Nightclub, the University of Lethbridge Art Society is holding the event free with a non-perishable food bank item, otherwise a minimum of $2 donation will be accepted. Wine and cheese, student friendly drink specials, live entertainment (Lustre Cream, DJ Soulflower, and Grandola), local handcrafted goods and artwork, and live painters. There will be a silent auction, as well as door prizes.

'Stache Bash this Friday
The Lethbridge Journal and Bo' Diddly's Pub & Grill in association with Think Tank Events & DJ Booda Promotions present 'Stache Bash, with costume contests, silent auction, door prizes, as well as live entertainment (Boogie Patrol and Papa King Trio). Event begins Friday at 8PM at Bo' Diddly's.