Community Events

We live in such a remarkable city and our team is pleased to be able to contribute to our community in various ways. As well as donating money directly, we offer both our time and resources to a variety of fabulous causes.

Our team not only conducts our own annual fund raising events, but we also partake in others, including the Ride to Conquer Cancer every summer.

Vienping Children’s Orphanage – December 2012

Marty and his family travel regularly to Thailand and each time they ensure they visit the Viengping Children’s Orphanage in Chiang Mai, which Team Pospischil is proud to support.

In Marty’s own words… “Each trip to Thailand involves us visiting and spending time with the wonderful children at the Viengping Children’s Home.  Over the years, we have sponsored a new water filtration system, school desks, kitchen appliances, and of course reading and writing supplies and food.  Each donation we make to the orphanage is gratefully accepted and goes directly to the children.  Regardless of the situation of each child, they are brimming with happiness and eager to take on the world.  This has been an eye-opener for our young daughter and a reminder for us as to how fortunate we all are back here in Canada to have such a great standard of living and support networks for challenged individuals.  That is not the case in most of the world.  It is so satisfying to have such an impact on so many great kids with what feels like such a small gesture from our standards.  As clients of ours, you make our community support programs possible.  So, from the orphan children of Chiang Mai:  a big Thank You!”Vienping_Childrens_Orphanage

2012 Team Pospischil Sponsors a New X-mas Event in Vancouver

Vancouver Special Children’s Christmas Party – Dec. 2012

 

This holiday season we were thrilled to sponsor, as well as participate in, a very special Christmas celebration for nearly 2,000 excited children.

The goal of this party is to provide an unforgettable day to children who are affected by life threatening illness, physical or intellectual challenges, domestic violence, or underprivileged circumstances.  After much success for many years throughout Australia and New Zealand, this event was brought for the first time to Vancouver.
The day was an extraordinary one.  Some children were literally trembling with excitement as they came through the doors at Canada Place.

For four fun-filled hours, children soaked everything up, not knowing where to begin!  They indulged in face painting and crafts, and those were able to raced down Pirate slides and bounded through bouncy castles.  Some chose to sit briefly to eat and listen to some live entertainment or watch magicians, while others sought out some quality time with Mickey Mouse or Snow White who were handing out hugs and treats.

And if that weren’t enough, then Santa arrived! After spending time with Santa and his elves, children collected gifts from the magical toy cave which was filled with literally thousands of toys, quite a sight to behold.

We were privileged to be a part of this incredible day that made a difference to so many very special children.  What a truly heart warming experience.
On behalf of our team:  Happy Holidays, everyone!

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2012 Pumpkin Drive – Trafalgar School Fundraiser

Trafalgar Pumpkin Drive – Oct. 2012

This year the team and I raised a record $1,580 for Trafalgar Elementary School in our annual Pumpkin Drive! Once the bins of pumpkins were delivered, Trafalgar students were excited to populate the patch during their lunch hour with over 250 pumpkins, along with bales of hay, cornhusks, and lots of Halloween decorations. Several hundred parents, kids and clients visited our drive this year and even the weather showed up for us as the day progressed. Children enjoyed picking out their favourite pumpkins to take home, indulging in popcorn and chocolate milk, playing in the pumpkin patch with the Great Pumpkin and scary patch monsters, and some kids even paused long enough for some face painting!

Thank you to all those who came out and supported this fun and successful event!!

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2012 Gran Fondo – from Vancouver to Whistler

Team Marty Pospischil Tackles the Gran Fondo Whistler – September 2012

On September 8th, Team Pospischil partook in the Gran Fondo Whistler, a 122 km bike ride up the Sea to Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler.

Here’s the team, primed and excited to launch, at the start line in downtown Vancouver:

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Team MartyOur team rode with over 6,000 cyclists, including two-time Olympic triathlon medalist Simon Whitfield.  The visually stunning ride spanned 1,700 metres of elevation and including some gruelling climbs. Everyone was pretty happy to relax and quaff some Whistler Brewing Co. beer alongside some pulled pork and turkey sandwiches afterward!

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This ride is one of many ways Team Pospischil stays fit between their annual two-day bike ride from Vancouver to Seattle as they raise funds each year in the Ride to Conquer Cancer.  Just last week the team had a 70km training ride up to the top of Cypress Mountain which is a 1,350 metre climb.  They continue to enjoy team outings, being physically fit, and challenging themselves with training rides in preparation for the Ride to Conquer Cancer 2013!

2012 Ride To Conquer Cancer – Completed!

The Vancouver to Seattle Ride to Conquer Cancer – June 2012

As clients of ours you are all supporters of this event by giving us the business you have over the years. A portion of the profits we earn from your business goes directly to supporting our team, this event, and into funding for groundbreaking research at the BC Cancer Agency. Accordingly, I thought it would be nice to share this great experience with you.

Over the weekend of June 16th & 17th, Adam, Malcolm, Michelle, Rudy and I rode along side 3,011 other good Samaritans to raise money for BC Cancer research and treatment options. Our team over the past 4 years has raised over $265,000 for this great cause. This year a record $11.2 million dollars was raised in this event making the ultimate goal for a cure for cancer closer than ever.

The ride runs from Cloverdale to Seattle, with a halfway overnight ‘tent city’ camp at Mount Vernon. Each day we cycled approximately 125km for a total distance of 250km.

Team MartyWe arrived at the start on Saturday morning 6am, and just like last year, it was pouring rain L. Fortunately they kept the ceremonies short so we could get started quickly. One wet stop at the border and we were ready to roll through Blaine, Birch Bay, and Bellingham. With the majority of the Chuckanut hill climb behind us our first lunch stop was welcomed by many smiles. And boy does the food taste good when you have just rode 90km.

Team MartyThe ride coordinators place pit stops every 25km along the route. In this photo Adam is sporting one of the famous waffles smothered in peanut butter that we all devoured along the route. Pit stops were stock full of fruit, Gatorade, bagels, jam, energy bars, water, etc. (not to mention a bike mechanic tent, and of course a first aid tent). All the riders were well supported and good planning is what makes this event such a success.

Welcome to ‘Tent City’ at Mount Vernon, the halfway point along the ride where we spent the night.

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This is no ordinary camp ground as it comes loaded with cheering fans, a massage tent, cold beer on tap, wine, hot shower trucks, a general store, live music and great food (which did not run out this year!). And of course it would not have been complete without more rain (and lots of it). So much so that the camp flooded throughout. We found some extra tent poles and we designed, and built, a super-fly system that kept the pouring rain out of our tents overnight. Keeping dry, eating and rehydrating are the main focus at camp. And of course to have some fun as well!

Team MartyThe Ride constructed a ‘Drying Tent’ which quickly filled up with everyone’s soaked riding gear and clothing. Unfortunately nothing dried as the tent was not ventilated. Camp was an experience this year. But as Michelle gestures here “there is nothing we can do about the rain so lets make the best of it” – Good attitude Michelle!

Team MartyThe team and I found a helpless and shivering baby pigeon on the bridge to Mount Vernon just outside of camp. So like “Super Pets” we built a little shelter with food for our friend and saved him! (at least we hope we did?). Hah! I swear I heard a thank you ‘chirp’ as we rode by the ravine (we place him in) on the morning of day two.
Team MartyOn day two, after a great lunch at the half way point, the sun managed to come out just a couple hours before our ride into the finish line. We welcomed the warmth, and the cheers as we rode into the finish together as a team!

Team MartyTeam Marty3011 cyclists, 250km, and elevation gain of 1205m resulting in an amazing achievement of raising $11.2 million. This year, as always, was a rewarding experience for the team and of course all of those that participated. We celebrated with fresh fruit and yogurt and had some laughs, good bonding with friends and bro, and we are thankful for being able to give back to those who will benefit from the monies we raised. An adventure well worth the effort pushing us one step closer to our ultimate goal . . .

Finding a Cure for Cancer!

Thank you for all your generous donations for this cause and your support over the years just by being clients of ours!

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2012 Summer Fair & BBQ

Client Appreciation Summer Fair – June 2012

Our team celebrated the imminent arrival of summer with a Client Appreciation Summer Fair at Brock House that was well attended and full of great activities.

Alongside the tasty BBQ there was live entertainment, carnival games, loads of prizes, a bouncy castle, face painting, and much more. Thanks to all of our valuable clients who came out to this event and enjoyed the sun, food and fun with us!

Generous donations were provided towards our upcoming Ride to Conquer Cancer that “Team Pospischil” will be embarking on Saturday, June 16th. This challenging 2-day ride of over 250kms extends from Vancouver to Seattle and raises money for the BC Cancer Foundation.

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To view tons of great photos from our Summer Fair, head to:http://www.facebook.com/TeamPospischil?sk=wall

2012 Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Wine Tasting Evening & Cancer Fundraiser – May 2012

On May 23rd, we held a Wine Tasting Event in appreciation of individuals who made significant donations to our upcoming Ride to Conquer Cancer.

This fun and successful event was well attended and over $2,300 was raised for the BC Cancer Foundation.

Delicious BC wines were paired with savoury Malaysian food which resulted in some interesting wine education along with very pleased palates!

Special guests this evening included our sponsored athlete, Kevin Jagger, as well as Olympic Gold Medalist, Christine Nesbitt.

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To see more photos, check us out on Facebook at:
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2012 Good Neighbour Award

Marty Pospischil Receives Kits House Good Neighbour Award – May 2012

This year Marty was awarded the Kits Niehgbourhood House Good Neighbour award, for both his monetary and publicity contributions to Kits House over the years!

The Good Neighbour Awards Celebration is an annual event hosted by the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of British Columbia (ANHBC). ANHBC owes its 117 year history to its many volunteers, community supporters, and neighbours. The Awards offer an opportunity for staff, and volunteers to come together to celebrate and honour those who have made significant and long lasting contributions to our Neighbourhood Houses and communities in which they work and live.

It was a fun evening with many laughs and good times!

Team Marty Pospischil looks forward to supporting Kitsilano house for many years to come. As always a portion of every sale in Kitsilano goes towards supporting Kits House.

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2012 Update on Kevin Jagger – Our Sponsored Athlete!

Kevin & The Canada Cup – Feb. 2012

Kevin Jagger, our sponsored athlete, is gearing up for the Canada Cup next week in Saskatoon! Kevin just finished a grueling workout on ice and is sporting our team shirt in thanks for our support.

It is with great pride that we as a team and our over 1000 clients support Kevin Jagger in reaching his ultimate goal – to compete with great success in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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2011 Pumpkin Drive – Trafalgar School Fundraiser

Trafalgar Pumpkin Drive – Oct. 2011

This year the team and I raised $1492 for Trafalgar Elementary School in our annual Pumpkin Drive! Once the 6 bins of pumpkins were delivered Trafalgar students, over their lunch hour, helped populate the patch with over 250 pumpkins, 10 haystacks, and lots of corn husks. Several hundred parents and kids and clients visited our drive this year and enjoyed the brisk sunshine, “The Great Pumpkin”, popcorn & chocolate milk, face-painting, and scary patch monsters!

Thanks to all those that came out and supported this great event!

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