Calling all Donors and Supporters
We need your help!
In these challenging times, children and families are isolated, struggling to cope and understand, and are forced to wrestle with other mental health issues. As a Youth HQ supporter, you play a key role in ensuring the well-being of the children and families we serve. Through you we are able to cultivate authentic, caring relationships, opportunities, and connections to create a sense of belonging among and between children, adults, and community. It is times like this that reveal our true heroes – you.
Kids need Connections – Every child deserves the chance to exceed beyond the circumstances that surround them. Through our dedicated staff team, amazing volunteers, and committed donors and supporters we have been able to adapt during these difficult times and continue to meet the needs of the children and families we serve. Like many charities, fundraising has been a daunting challenge for us. Many of our annual events have been cancelled, altered and donations are down this year.
In an effort to address our funding challenge we are asking you to consider supporting us in our efforts through this “crowdfunding initiative”.
On Giving Tuesday, December 1st we are launching the Kids need Connections Crowd Funding Giving Campaign.
Once on the page, you will have three options to support this ground-breaking initiative:
- The most obvious is to contribute (thus the CONTIBUTE button staring back at you when the page opens up!).
- While we are always happy to receive any donations folks are able to make, the biggest secret to the success of a Crowd Funding campaign is to create the crowd. This is something that every one of us is able to do at absolutely no cost. I’m asking you to share….share….share….and then share more! We need to get this message out to all our networks if it’s going to be successful. Share on social media, share by email, text the link to people who don’t use either (is there actually anyone who doesn’t use social media or email???)….whatever it takes to get this shared far and wide. And when you share, make sure you compel those you’ve shared with to do the same.
- The final option is to do both….contribute to the campaign and then share it out to your various networks!
You literally hold the keys to the success of this initiative in your hands! Please do everything you can to support our efforts in this campaign. Thanks for your continued support and thank you in advance for doing anything you can do to help our cause in this challenging time. And for making a difference … for kids’ sake.
QKIDS NEED CONNECTIONS
Boys and Girls Clubs ensure children and youth are connected to others and the world around them. We aim to cultivate authentic, caring relationships, opportunities, and connections to create a sense of belonging among and between children, adults, and community.
There are more than 1,500 children and youth in Red Deer looking for connections; a mentor or someone to look up to; a safe place to go and make friends; somewhere to feel valued and a sense of belonging.
10-year-old Jamie said “I haven’t seen my friends for months and can’t remember what some of them look like”.
11-year-old Michelle said “I thought I would never see my friends and the Club again, and then the Club came to me”.
Boys and Girls Clubs are adapting to these circumstances to help ensure Kids are Connected. We need your help. Our funds are not adequate to meet the present need.
Please Share and/or donate!
Blackfalds Bulldogs Jr A Hockey Club announces finalized agreement to join the BC Hockey League effective immediately
News release from the Blackfalds Bulldogs
The Blackfalds Bulldogs have announced a finalized franchise agreement with the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) and are official members of the league, effective immediately.
Prior to this agreement, the Blackfalds Bulldogs had agreed to terms on a framework of what joining the BCHL would look like.
Along with the Blackfalds Bulldogs, the Brooks Bandits, Okotoks Oilers, Sherwood Park Crusaders and Spruce Grove Saints will also join the BCHL starting this season.
“The Blackfalds Bulldogs are thrilled to express our excitement to be joining the BCHL. The BCHL’s dedication and efforts in expediting this process in light of the AJHL decisions have not gone unnoticed and we are sincerely grateful for the commitment they have shown to ensure all our players have the opportunity to complete this season with competitive hockey. This swift transition in light of the AJHL’s decisions is a testament to the BCHL’s professionalism and passion for the sport. We eagerly anticipate the journey ahead and look forward to contributing our Bulldog Best to the vibrant hockey community that the BCHL represents,” said Doug Quinn, Owner of the Blackfalds Bulldogs Jr A Hockey Club.
“We are pleased to officially welcome these five franchises into the fold as members of our league,” said Graham Fraser, Chairman of the BCHL Board of Governors. “All five are strong organizations from great communities and we look forward to the immediate boost they will give our league.”
Due to the Alberta Junior Hockey League cancelling league games for the 2023-24 regular season, the five teams will engage in competition with each other as BCHL teams for the remainder of the season and will eventually crown an Alberta champion. Following the conclusion of the BCHL Playoffs, there will be an opportunity for the champion from Alberta to meet the champion from B.C. in a year-end competition.
“With the unfortunate situation the Alberta teams have faced in recent weeks with having games cancelled in their previous league, it was imperative to us to get these players back on the ice in meaningful competition,” said BCHL Commissioner Steven Cocker. “This five-team schedule and postseason will give these athletes the chance to get in a full set of games for the remainder of the year, which is the most important thing to us.”
The schedule for the Alberta teams starts tomorrow and can be viewed here.
Details for the post-season competition will be announced at a later date.
For a list of Frequently Asked Questions about this decision, visit our FAQ page here.
About the BCHL:
Sending more players on to Division I college hockey every season than any other hockey league in Canada, the BCHL has established itself as a national leader in the development of young student athletes. Considering approximately a third of today’s NHL is made up of NCAA alumni, the BCHL has become a breeding ground for some the sport’s most elite and successful players. In 2022-23 alone, there were a league-record 190 players in the league with NCAA Division I scholarships. The BCHL is also a leader in player safety, with a full-time Department of Player Safety, the toughest rules on fighting in North American junior hockey, as well as a league-wide independent Safe Sport Officer and an individual Athlete Advocate assigned to all 17 teams.
Coldest Night of the Year looking for your help to raise $100,000.00!
Support The Mustard Seed and Red Deer Food Bank in CNOY 2024
The Coldest Night of the Year is a winterrific family-friendly walk in support of local charities serving people experiencing hurt, hunger, and homelessness. Join us on February 24, 2024 – team up, fundraise, walk, and take a moment to look closer… because it’s cold out there.
The goal in Central Alberta is to raise $100,000.00 for the Red Deer Food Bank and the Mustard Seed Red Deer.
About Red Deer Food Bank
Many think that the food donated to the food bank only goes into food hampers. It is true the Red Deer Food Bank, with your help, assisted over 19,000 people in 2019. Approximately 40% of them were children.
With that being said, the food bank also provides food to other agencies right here in Red Deer. Agencies such as the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, The Mustard Seed, Potter’s Hands, Women’s Outreach, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and kids camps.
The Red Deer Food Bank also supplies food to other food banks in Central Alberta such as: Blackfalds, Coronation, Caroline, Delburne, Ermineskin, Maskwacis, Innisfail, Lacombe, Mirror, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Rimbey, Sylvan Lake, Stettler, Three Hills and Trochu.
The Red Deer Food Bank covers an area of 20,000 square kilometres in Central Alberta.
The bread, produce and pastries that our driver/gleaner picks up each day from grocery stores are available daily. People in need can access the product Monday through Friday in our Client Service Area.
The access to these products helps supplement our clients’ grocery expenses. Coming in for bread and potatoes can save them extra funds for fresh milk and other food items they may need for their family.
Without the generosity of our community the Red Deer Food Bank Society would not exist. Many factors play a part but it is the generosity of people that is the heart of our organization.
About The Mustard Seed Red Deer
The Mustard Seed and the Red Deer Food Bank are partnering for our 40th birthdays this year for CNOY 2024 – walk with us as we raise funds to fight hunger and homelessness in our communities!
The Mustard Seed is a Christian non-profit organization that has been caring for individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty since 1984. Operating in six cities across Alberta and British Columbia, The Mustard Seed is a supportive haven where people can have their physical, mental, and spiritual needs met and grow toward greater health and independence.
At The Mustard Seed, we recognize that the root causes of poverty and homelessness are complex and diverse, so we continue to grow and evolve with the needs of those we serve.
Coldest Night of the Year is an incredibly valuable way for the community of Red Deer to partner with us to experience a small part of what our guests endure. We would love to have you, your family, and your friends walk alongside The Mustard Seed and the Red Deer Food Bank at this incredibly important event.
Event Day Details
Save the date – CNOY Day is February 24, 2024!
It all starts here: GOOGLE MAP
6002 54 Ave, Red Deer, AB T4N 4M8
Red Deer Community Impact Centre
- 4:00 pm: Meet Check-in + Welcome
- 5:00 pm: Move Send-off
- 6:00 pm: Munch Light meal served
- 7:00 pm: Mosey Goodbye + see you in 2025!
Not able to join us in person at the Main Event? We hope you’ll register, fundraise and walk offsite with friends and family.
- Route Distances: Check out the maps below to see where we will be walking.
- Rest stop: Keep an eye out for opportunities to rest and refresh with yummy snacks along the route.
- Signage: Routes will be well-signed with our bold blue CNOY signs.
- Route Support: Route marshals, rest stop hosts, and support vehicle drivers provide support along the route.
- Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
- No Pets: We love our little furballs like you do, but pets are not permitted at the Coldest Night of the Year except for approved and trained service animals. Read more about our pet policy >
- All walkers participating at the Main Event on Saturday, February 24, 2024 must check-in upon arrival.
- Toques! Fundraising walkers who raise $150+ (or $75+ for those under 18) will receive a CNOY toque as a thank you on event day, while supplies last.
- Offsite fundraising walkers can contact their local event director to arrange toque pickup the week of the event.
Have questions? Visit the FAQ section!
- Credit Card: The Best Option! Simple, secure, automatically tax receipted for gifts of $20+. Visit the Donate page, share your personal page link, or have your donor call the CNOY Head Office.
- Cheques: The Old Faithful – made out to Coldest Night of the Year with your name on the Memo line. Mail them to CNOY Head Office along with your completed pledge form.
- Cash: You have 2 options:
- 1. Login to FundHub, click “Enter $$ and Cheques,” create pledges for your cash donations, pay them off with your personal credit card, and keep the cash. OR…
- 2. Write a cheque (made out to “Coldest Night of the Year”) for the total amount of cash you’ve collected. Mail it to the CNOY Head Office with your completed pledge sheet.
All participants must register online and accept the electronic waiver.
- Adults accept the waiver automatically when they register online.
- Youth/Children under 18 need a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.
- An online form will be emailed to all parents/guardians before CNOY Day.
- You may also bring a filled-out printed waiver.
- Waivers will also be available at check-in on CNOY Day.
What to Bring
A few common sense suggestions:
- A cell phone for emergencies (recommended but not required)
- Good waterproof shoes/boots for walking
- Warm coat and mitts/gloves
- Extra snacks if you have allergies or food sensitivities
- Your own water bottle
- A passion for the charity you’re walking and fundraising for!
Red Deer Maps
Check out this year’s CNOY route maps below:
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