Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - October 2017
The STWM is the one fundraiser that DSDO does every year. In fact, this is our 5th year in a row!
We had 14 people sign up to participate with us and raise money. Our goal is to be able to put money into the emergency medical fund, pay the wages of our librarians, and to maintain the students who are on our food programme. This year, we blew the top off our fundraising goal with $17,950 raised online, and an additional $3,245 raised offline. What's that? $21,195!!! Wahoooo!
Marty, Michele, and Carol - 5th time participating.
Marty = superhero for bouncing back from surgery when it seemed like there was no way he would be able to participate, and ran the full marathon! (Nice that his wife, Jenny, ran again, and that their son, Cam, joined for his first time at the STWM.)
Alan - walked the half with two knees that his doc said NO WAY should have done such a journey! Trooper!
Joe, Katie, Alicia, Nancy, Alan, Cathy, Michael, Wally, Maureen - joined us for the first time--we hope they'll be back.
Nancy - made the drive from Ohio and arrived sometime after 1 a.m. Sunday morning, slept precious little, and still ran the half!
Linda - she wins the furthest travel distance, because HOW do any of us beat Ghana?
Thanks also to Maureen and Katie for signing up with us, and AJ for joining us on the 5 k.
Carol, Sonya, and Michele got dressed up for the event and went as a hen and eggs...very, very good eggs. We had fun yolking around with all the eggscellent puns and had a great time posing our way into every photo possible! And, just in case you were wondering what came first, the chicken or the egg...it was determined at the STWM when Carol, in a smarty-feather move, picked up the waddle with about 2 m to go when she heard the emcee asking that very question, and she yelled, 'Me! The chicken, the chicken!'
We thank absolutely everyone who sponsored our participants! What a team effort!
Here's how the fundraising went down:
General online page
Team Etobicoke Taekwondo and Deh Camp
Offline general donations
April 2017 Fundraiser
On April 29, 2017, Sherry Bagnato, Natalia Kostiw, Alan Lawrence, Linda Edwards, Craig Moore, Tom Edwards, and Ziya Shah hosted a fundraiser at the Tranzac Club in Toronto to help us get our students educated beyond the junior high school level. They raised just over $4800!!!
We were thrilled that Larry Graves, the Juno-nominated, multi-percussionist, drummer, and composer performed Ghanaian music with his group, Orkestra Gotigo. It was great to see so many people come out to join us! The night included drummers, dancers, musicians, authentic Ghanaian food, hair braiding, the sales of Ghanaian goods made by talented craftsmen, and plenty of smiles.
We are so very grateful for the time, effort, and determination that was put into making sure the evening was a success.
Thanks to everyone who supported this event--we appreciate you!
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - October 2016
This was our fourth year in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and we blew the top off our goal! We had 13 participants signed up, and of that, nine were actively raising funds. Online $15,240 added to $2,945 direct made a grand total of $18,185! Wow!
Always doing her best to get her friends to sponsor until the magical $6000 is reached, Carol may have stooped to new lows by going dressed as ‘Captain Crapper’. The butt end of many jokes and comments, it didn’t matter one bit--the whole motive was ‘to get our name noticed’ ... and it worked!
Absolutely all of the funds raised go to maintaining our food programme (125 students right now) and to pay the wages of our three DSDO-hired educators. Without this event, we wouldn’t be able to proceed with either vital initiative.
Marty (of Busch Systems) and Jenny took on the marathon; Giovanna, Danielle, Valerie and Rebecca were signed up for the half. The rest participated in the 5 k event. We were pleased that a couple of our most recent outreach volunteer teachers, Ziya and Craig, joined us. Carol and Linda enjoyed their time with Michele (4th year) and Sonya (2nd year). Krista, was unable to attend, but she had trained and raised funds for us.
We are very grateful to all of our participants and each and every person who sponsored someone! STWM 2016 was a huge success!
Our top fundraisers were:
Carol Sheardown: $6250
Marty Pepper: $2500
Ziya Shah: $2395
Linda Kordze: $1100
Giovanna Panzera: $750
Craig Moore: $740
Sonya McFarlane: $645
Michele Ernst: $445
Krista Scaldwell: $100
Barrie Dragon Boat Festival - August 2016
The Barrie Dragon Boat Festival was held on August 27, 2016 and for the fourth year running, the
Busch Buccaneers have chosen to support us in their fundraising efforts! They are a force to be reckoned with on the water and came home with the Moore Packaging Corporate Challenge Cup.
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - October 2015
We were 'Raising Awareness' in our third year participating in this wonderful event and with 11 mighty fundraising participants, we raised a whopping
$15,872!!! The funds are used for maintaining our food programme and for paying the wages of the four librarian/educators we've hired this year.
Carol was dressed as a toilet, and the jokes were flowing--ANYTHING to get some attention for DSDO. (One of these years, we're going to win the costume prize.) Just like last year, it was great for the three directors to get to do this event together.
With threats of snow, it was a cold morning, but 8 people did the 5 km and 3 took on the full marathon! A big shout out to Marty, Jenny and Carl of Busch Systems for their fundraising and commitment to training for the full marathon. This is the third year that the 3 of them have joined us at the STWM.
We thank Pat, Sonya, Lucy and Ken for joining us for their first time this year and for their determination to help us meet our goal. A big thank you again to Michele, who, in her third year with us, celebrated her birthday by walking 5k beside a toilet!
We're grateful to all of our friends and family for helping us beat our 2015 goal!!!
Our top fundraisers were:
Marty & Jenny Pepper
Barrie Dragon Boat Festival - August 2015
On August 22, 2015, Busch Systems and friends took part in the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival and totally rocked the waters!
They placed second out of all the teams entered and picked up a couple of prizes.
We'd like to thank Busch Systems,
Elaine and coach Ian for raising
$2875 that is being used for our latest water projects.
We have purchased equipment to have on hand for when repairs are needed at our boreholes, water tower and reverse osmosis unit.
We are very grateful to Busch Systems for their support for three years in a row!
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - October 2014
It was chilly but sunny. In our second year participating, we had 17 enthusiastic supporters registered to run,
and together we raised a fantastic $11,367 to go toward our food programme!
Just like last year, Carol and Andrew got dressed up, this time as water fairies, to draw attention to DSDO. It was
extra special to have Linda participating with us--we had fun doing the 5 k with
Michele and Nikki.
A huge thanks to one of our original teacher volunteers,
Giovanna, who gave her Summer of 2010 to teach at Dekpor and
help set up the library. She raised $705 and ran the half. Thank you, Giovanna!
A big congratulations to Carl Wright who despite all odds, ran his very first marathon with an injured ankle!
Read his blog;
the full story is inspiring.
Busch Systems, lead by wonderful team captain
Marty Pepper, had 12 runners and together they raised
love having the support of Busch Systems!
Our top fundraisers were:
Barrie Dragon Boat Festival - August 2014
On August 23rd, 2014, Busch Systems and
BDO, two wonderful Barrie companies, competed in the Barrie Dragon
Boat Festival and raised funds for DSDO.
A grand total of $5714.10 was raised to go toward our borehole project.
We are so grateful that while having fun ON the water, these companies are helping PROVIDE water!
Thanks especially to the crew captains, Shannon Taylor and Deanna Lancaster.
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - October 2013
We decided to try something new! In our first year participating in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, we had
18 people join our team and raise money to help fund our food programme and pay for our sponsored teachers.
We managed to raise a whopping $15,671!!!
Barrie Dragon Boat Festival - August 2013
August 2013 saw Busch Systems, BDO and
Barriston Law, three wonderful Barrie companies, taking part in the Barrie
Dragon Boat Festival and raising funds for DSDO.
They took part in a friendly competition both on the water for final times and in the fundraising.
A grand total of $9325.50 was raised to go toward our water initiatives which include our two filtered water stations,
the Busch/BDO/Barriston Water Reservoir, and some left over to go towards a borehole for the village!
May 2010 Fundraiser
In May of 2010, our first group of eight teacher volunteers to Dekpor organized a fundraiser in Toronto.
Linda's Ghanaian drumming group provided entertainment, and there were draws, a silent auction with wonderful items,
and the opportunity to buy books for the Dekpor library.
A big thanks to everyone who made the evening such a success!