Surviving In A COVID Red Zone: Montreal’s Wheel Club

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my fondness for bars. During this time of COVID-19 bars in Montreal are closed. Not open with limited seating and social-distancing. But closed completely. In a business that can be brutally competitive at the best of times, this forced loss of revenue will have dire consequencesContinue reading “Surviving In A COVID Red Zone: Montreal’s Wheel Club”

‘CBC Your News’ Rejects Terry Fox Fundraiser’s Story for ‘Unknown Reasons’

Writers get rejections all the time – or so I’m told, I of course have never tasted the bitter sting …sorry, got carried away there. But this one has me flummoxed. Recently I blogged about a man who has been raising money for various causes by running. His name is Carl Andersen and he isContinue reading “‘CBC Your News’ Rejects Terry Fox Fundraiser’s Story for ‘Unknown Reasons’”

Terry Fox Run: Montreal Fundraiser Carl Andersen Set To Pass 100,000 Running Miles

If all goes according to plan, on September 14th long-time Montreal ultra-runner Carl Andersen will, like thousands of others across Canada, run 10 kilometres in the annual Terry Fox fundraising event. What makes Carl stand out among these runners isn’t just that he’s 78 years old, but that at about the six kilometre point inContinue reading “Terry Fox Run: Montreal Fundraiser Carl Andersen Set To Pass 100,000 Running Miles”

Beware charities bearing gifts. Guilt as a fundraising tool; don’t give in!

Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes – or as we say in English: “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts”. It’s from Virgil’s Aeneid and refers to the old soldiers-in-the-big-wooden-horse trick. But it’s also a good idea to keep in mind when it comes to fundraising techniques. With Canadian Thanksgiving and Halloween over, the gears of consumerism rampContinue reading “Beware charities bearing gifts. Guilt as a fundraising tool; don’t give in!”

Beware of Chuggers, those aggressive street corner fundraisers

I imagine many of you have been approached by Chuggers at one time or another. Chugger is the term used to describe those street corner fundraisers who essentially accost prospective donors. The term is a combination of the words “charity” and “mugger” and it is a very apt description. What these people do, allegedly onContinue reading “Beware of Chuggers, those aggressive street corner fundraisers”