Granting is something every non profit knows intimately. It can be a lengthy, time consuming process, so when you receive a grant, its like you have won a golden ticket!
We recently received a grant from the Brain Injury Alliance along with the Province of BC for Critical Funding. This was a grant specifically aimed at Brain injury Societies, of which there are not many, so a huge shout out to both the Brain Injury Alliance as well as the Province of BC, without Granting and fundraising non profits like ourselves would not exist!
Press Release (Oct.6, 2014)
What happens when the Campbell River Head lnjury Society receives a grant to produce a
film, enlists the Carihi Secondary Media class and tells them to make it about head injury?
Together, they make "Headway".
"When Jennifer Parker and Shelley Howard approached us back in May I thought they would
want a short documentary or promotional video. I didn't expect Shelley to ask us to make the
film focus on comedy" says Carihi Media teacher Joe Shields. Over May and June, Shields
and his student Amy McCabe, Jordyn Lagos, and Cavin Stewardson wrote "Headway"
Headway is a movie about six eccentrics in a head injury support group. We have a workholic,
a construction worker, a not so old guy, a closeted singer, a cat lover and a therapist that
loves life just a little too much. The film shows how these eccentrics grow closer as they deal
with the consequences of their injuries and it does so in a light-hearted way. The film will run
around 25 minutes and the cast has roles for both youth and adults.
"Headway" is an amazing learning experience for my students, says joe. lt's not often that
students get the chance to bring a project through all stages of development and work with a
budget. Through making headway they will learn about the impact head injury can have on
families; further, once they have experienced headway they know how to find financing,
complete writing, find locations, find casts and directors and be aware of how to deal with the
challenges of real world independent filmmaking
We will be holding auditions at the River City Playhouse on Friday Oct.24th from G:30-8:30pm
and on Saturday Oct.26 from 2-4pm.
Last week we had the pleasure of meeting with local photographer, James of James K Photography. He took some stunning images of staff and our gardens, please look and enjoy!
We at the CR Head Injury recently attended a conference on Brain Injury which was hosted by numerous professionals in the field. One of the sessions was by Dr Topolovec-Vranic and it was regarding her recent research into the correlation between brain injury and homelessness.
With shocking numbers such as almost 50% of homeless men participating in the research reporting a significant Brain Injury, 87% of these were prior to becoming homeless.
Here is a link to the enlightening article:
This week we received a second letter and cheque from a local youth who had done some fundraising and was donating a portion of it to a local charity.
We were so touched to be the recipients of such a generous soul, Thank you student for making your community a better place to live in!
Things have certainly been busy around here at the CR Head Injury! We have officially finished the Handyman Challenge, with Shaw " Don't Poke the Shawmen" winning the Gold Hammer, " Royal Shed Heads" winning the Silver and "Ouch I hit my thumb" Taking home the very special Rusty hammer, second year going!
Thank you so much to all our volunteers that come down and build these amazing structures, without you we wouldn't be able to hold this fantastic fundraiser!
We are well on our way with selling of the raffle tickets as well, keep your eye out for us in July and August, we will be all over town with them! $10.00 gets you a ticket with your choice of Shed, Greenhouse or Playhouse to win.
We who work at the Head Injury got a bit of an education this past month. We attended the Pushor Mitchell Okanagan Conference on Brain Injury in Kelowna. With a fantastic line of speakers, we filled our brains with as much information on brain injury as we could. We also attended a conference there with Dr Dr. Jane Topolvec-Vranic on the correlation between Brain Injury and Homelessness. Very insightful!
Check out our July schedule, we have another busy month!
Hot off the press and ready to sell!
This year we are hosting a raffle for our Sheds. We have the tickets oriented and ready to go!
The cost is $10.00 a ticket and on each ticket you get your choice of one of the following, a Playhouse, a green House or a Shed, pictures below.
The ticket draw date is September 8th, so you have the whole summer to amass a collection of them and raise your chances of winning!
There is also other structures on our property, which will be for sale, so drop in and have a look around!
First and formost, a HUGE thank you to all our builders, volunteers, vendors, and businesses around Campbell River who donated their time, products and made this event so successful!
We held the build at our building this year and it went fantastically! We built 3 structures over the weekend;
A beautiful 2 story playhouse, complete with twirly slide, secret antrance, sand box and a small storage space underneath for mom and dad!
Thank you: " Don't poke the Shawmen" Shaw.
A stunning Green House/Shed combo, for all your gardening needs!
Thank you: " Royal Shed Heads", Royal Le Page and Royal Bank.
Lovely sloped roof shed. Nice and bright with a large window!
Thank you: "Ouch My Finger"
The sheds are an ongoing project, and all are to be finished by June 28th. We will post photos on their progress!
There was also one last team that was unable to make the Handyman kick off weekend, but will be here this coming weekend, and over the next month building us a very exciting project!
Keep checking in with the blog to find out what that is!!!
Here are a few images from all the fun had this weekend. Again, thank you so much to everyone who came out and helped out or supported us, with out you we wouldn't be able to do it!
Come down and check out our market and goings on! Sheds are going up fast!
A few pics to show ya' what's going on today!!! Don't forget, silent auction and a lot of our vendors have free draws to enter!!!