Make a change for the better

So here’s a chance to do something good AND win an iPad. I’d say deals don’t get much better than that.

The Downtown BIZ’s Change for the Better program assists homeless people by providing them with supports such as job counselling, resume writing, hot meals, clean clothes etc. It plays off that whole “if you give a man a fish, he eats for a day, if you teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime” idea.

Since 1992, more than $100,000 has been raised for Change for the Better. In fact, many of the Downtown BIZ’s own Clean Team members were beneficiaries of the program. Now, instead of living on the streets, these men and women are making a meaningful contribution to society and improving their lives.

The program goes a long way to boosting self confidence and easing people with social problems back into the task of holding down a full time job.

Since the holidays are coming and people’s hearts tend to be a little more open at this time of year I thought I’d appeal to your generosity—and you get the double benefit of changing a life and winning a great prize.

Until December 31, 2010, if you make a donation to Change for the Better, you are automatically entered to win an Apple iPad! There are a couple of ways to enter—visit the Change for the Better booth in Portage Place mall every Thursday from 1pm-3pm or donate online through Paypal. (You’ll have to visit this link and click on the “Donate” button on the right hand side of the page.)


As always:

  • Take the Pledge to Shop Downtown for the Holidays. Last week we gave away tickets to the Moscow Ballet. This week, we’ve got tickets for Mira Black at the WAG, as well as MTC’s production of White Christmas up for grabs. Tell your friends.
  • If you haven’t already nominated someone for Peggy’s Secret Santa, don’t forget. I know someone in your life deserves a special treat this holiday season, so play a good little elf and nominate them.
  • And finally, be sure to enter the Downtown Makeover contest!

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