It’s a new year, and a brand new THINKfast kit has arrived!
If you participated in a THINKfast before, you should have received your 2012 THINKfast kit by mail. If not, register your group online, by clicking on the THINKfast tab above, and request a copy, along with your
This year’s kit includes great new activities, peaceful reflections and questions to get your group thinking and talking about small-scale farming and climate change.
Let’s work together to promote ecological justice and raise funds to support Development and Peace partners in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
Last year, THINKfasters raised $193,095! That’s amazing!
A big congratulations to our top regional fundraisers:
British Columbia/Yukon: St. Thomas Aquinas High School, North Vancouver $7,471
Church of the Ascension, Parksville $2,222
St. Mark’s College, University of Vancouver $2,690
Vanier Catholic Secondary School, Whitehorse $755
Alberta/Northwest Territories: J.M. Picard Ecole/School, Edmonton $2,865
St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School, Red Deer $1,911
St. Stephen’s Parish, Central Alberta $3,053
Saskatchewan: E.D. Feehan Catholic High School, Saskatoon $1,724
St. Peter’s Parish, Regina $325
Manitoba: St. Boniface Diocesan High School, Winnipeg $4,052
St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Winnipeg $1,859
Ontario: Bishop Reading Catholic High School, Milton $8,707
St. John the Divine Parish, London $3,374
Quebec: St. Raymond’s Parish, Candiac $170
New Brunswick: St. Theresa’s Parish, Fredericton $1,000
Nova Scotia: St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish, Lakeside $4,025
Prince Edward Island: St. Paul’s Parish, Summerside $170
THANK YOU for all your hard work and for your commitment to helping a just world take root.
Remember, if you have any questions or would like more information about our online fundraising software, the kit or THINKfast in general, please contact Shelley Burgoyne at firstname.lastname@example.org, Raphael Arens at email@example.com or Pat Hayward at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peace and many blessings on your THINKfast this year.
On January 12, 2011, the world will be marking the one-year anniversary of the tragic earthquake in Haiti. This is an important time to take stock of the current situation in Haiti, to assess what has been done to support the Haitian population in recovering from this terrible disaster, and to reflect on the enormous challenges remaining to be met.
We are using this occasion to say thanks, once again, to all who so generously responded to our appeal on behalf of the people of Haiti, with donations of more than $20.5 million, and to acknowledge the tireless and determined work of our partners with whom we are participating in rebuilding this shaken country.
Development and Peace is launching a new special dedicated page on our Website, reporting on the first year of reconstruction activities and projects. We encourage you to visit our page and to share this link as widely as possible: http://support.devp.org/site/PageNavigator/Haiti
Two major Canadian daily newspapers – The Globe and Mail and La Presse – will be featuring a series of profiles of our work in Haiti, from Jan 11-13, featuring a different theme and perspective on the inspiring work of our Haitian partners in leading the recovery efforts. Check it out: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/partners/sif/dp/
Thank you to everyone who has helped in this campaign and for your continued generous support to our reconstruction program in Haiti. I am certain that you will share in the justified pride and inspiration that we all feel in learning of the work of our partners, as we join together in expressing our solidarity with our Haitian sisters and brothers.
Happy New Year! With the amazing fundraising and advocacy we accomplished in 2010… I can’t wait to see what else we can do together!
Just before Christmas our 2011 THINKfast kits filled Canada Post mailboxes east and west. Thanks to Natalie, our Youth Programs Intern from the fall, and the whole THINKfast team here in Toronto we are thrilled to be sharing with you our newest THINKfast in print and online!
A new coiled book format
Revamped directions and planning tools
New or transformed resources on our campaign WATER FOR ALL!
Alternative activities uploaded online
Extra resources on your DVD
THINKfast online fundraising right here on the blog
This past year we showed the world the meaning of generous – Canadians raised 20 MILLION for emergency relief and reconstruction in Haiti and 7 MILLION for the same in Pakistan. 1 MILLION of this came from schools and school boards: elementary, high schools, colleges and universities.
AMAZING. And then, thanks to your THINKfast efforts, we raised over $200,000 in much needed funds for justice and peace in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.
British Columbia/Yukon: St Thomas Aquinas High School, North Vancouver $10,851.30 AND St Andrew Catholic High School with Victoria-area parishes $2,424,29
Alberta/North West Territories: J.M. Picard Ecole, Edmonton $2,365.35 AND Holy Trinity Parish, Spruce Grove $1,770.00
Saskatchewan: Sacred Heart CHS, Yorkton $1,920.00 AND St Peter’s Parish, Regina $325.00
Manitoba: St Boniface Diocesan High School, Winnipeg $3,072.00 and St Patrick’s Church, Winnipeg $1,361.25
Ontario: Bishop Reding CHS, Milton $10,784.69 AND St John the Divine Parish, London $2,718.55
Quebec: Villa Maria High School, Montreal$1,215.00 AND St. Agnes Parish, Halifax $500.00
New Brunswick: St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, Halifax $1,807.35
PEI: St. Pius X & Holy Redeemer Parishes, Charlottetown $782.00
TOP MONEY RAISED!
HIGH SCHOOL: St Thomas Aquinas High School, Vancouver, BC $10,851.30 AND Bishop Reding CHS, Milton, ON $10,784.69
PARISH: St John the Divine Parish, London ON: $2,718.55
UNIVERSITY: Carleton University, Ottawa ON $1,096.84
Immaculate Conception Parish, Prince George, BC $610 (240% increase)
Cardinal Newman CHS, Toronto, ON $750 (220% increase)
St Patrick CHS, Thunder Bay, ON $710 (220% increase)
TOP # of CARDS SIGNED!
St Mary’s CHS, Kitchener: 2, 217 signatures
St Peter’s CSS, Peterborough: 1, 455 signatures
Thank you EVERYONE! Congratulations to our “winners”.
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Holy Cross High School in Saskatoon hosted its 10th Annual Lunch Box Auction in support of Development and Peace on May 13th.
Classes prepared lunches which were then auctioned off and purchased by students. Each lunch had a themeincluding a Medieval Feast for 12, an Avatar party for 10, a Tailgating party for 8 and even a Pork Roast for 30. In all there were 23 meals. The goal in bidding on a lunch is to pay the highest price for a meal, not to get the best deal!
One of the most coveted meals is the Staff Room Lunch. Each year the Grade 12 class competes with the staff to purchase a lunch which is then served in the school staff room. This year the students won it again. For the privilege of eating in the hallowed staff room the students paid over $17,000! The generosity of our student body is overwhelming.
The total amount raised was $31,037.35. The auction is a great project for developing a spirit of solidarity among our students and with others in the Global South.
Just Youth Group – Holy Cross High School
- Michelle Dinter-Lipinski
Ever wondered how the Box Lunch Auction got so big and did so well? A small committee starts it off every year until the entire school is involved. Here’s their how-to video!