Tag Archives: Altruism

Sep 29: Light the Night Walk for Blood Cancers

5 Aug

The Centre for Inquiry is participating in the Light the Night Walk for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. We are part of a collaboration in which pro-science and secular groups like CFI are uniting to raise $1,000,000 to fight cancer. The purpose is to help make a difference in the lives of those affected by blood cancers.  We’d love for you to join the fun, walk with us and help raise funds for life-saving cancer research. It’s free to participate and you will raise funds online. Everyone who raises $100 or more will get a T-shirt.

Click here or use the link below to sign up, and join our team, Centre for Inquiry Saskatoon – FBB:

http://my.e2rm.com/TeamPage.aspx?TSID=365108&langPref=en-CA

If you can’t join us at the walk, you can sponsor one of our team members to help us reach our goal.  Thank you for choosing to make a difference!

More Information:

Each fall, in communities all across the US and Canada, thousands of participants raise funds for vital, lifesaving research and patient services and, on these special nights, they carry illuminated balloons to show the support of a caring community.

Light the Night walkers raise funds and walk as individuals or on a team with friends, family and co-workers.

This year, for the first time ever, freethought, atheist, skeptic, and secular humanist groups are coming together as one unified team to pool our efforts and become the first team in LLS history to raise $1,000,000 in its first year.

Our team is Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB) and we need you to help this worthwhile cause by joining the walk or donating.

How will we ever raise $1,000,000?!?!?!

A million dollars is a LOT of money, but we have a not-so-secret weapon: the Stiefel Freethought Foundation has pledged to match every dollar we raise up to $500,000! As an extra incentive, the top fundraising teams will have the opportunity to direct up to $5,000 in SFF grants, with half going to a local qualifying freethought nonprofit and the rest to qualifying FBB Allies of their choice, such as CFI. (More information about the incentive program can be found here.)

This is a great opportunity to rally behind something big that reflects our shared values: the healing power of scientific research, education, and compassionate patient care. Please sign up and join all of us in the fight against cancer.

May 5: International Day of Reason

1 May

Canadian Blood Services

325 20TH STREET EAST Saskatoon, SK

May 5, 5:30 PM

“Donating blood has a tangible effect – it can save lives. This is in contrast to prayer, which has no effect beyond placebo.”

The International Day of Reason is used to inject reason and rational thought into actions and behaviours. It was started as a National Day of Reason in response to the US National Day of Prayer. Rather than praying (which has been shown to have no effect in all properly designed studies i.e. double blind placebo studies), we will do something that has a measurably positive effect: saving lives. To do our part, we will be having a group blood donation through Canadian Blood Services. We will meet at the downtown blood clinic starting at 5:30pm (and appointments continuing for about an hour). For those who can’t make it at that time, please book an appointment that will work for your schedule any time that day or within a week of it and let us know to count it in this blood drive. We encourage everyone eligible to donate every 56 days.

The Saskatoon Freethinkers is a Partner for Life (partner ID number: SASK010719), which means we’ve committed to donating a minimum number of units of blood. Most of the donations will occur separately, but we’re doing this one as a group donation, which will hopefully prompt some of our members to become regular donors. You will only be counted as a member of our group if you register online or at the clinic with our partner ID (SASK010719). If you are already a member with another partner you can have just this one donation count toward our group by providing the number at the clinic. To preregister as part of our freethinkers partner group online, go to the Partners for Life section of the website.

Need another reason to donate? 

To watch a Canadian Blood Services video ad, click here. Approximately every minute of every day, someone in Canada needs blood. The good news is that one blood donation – in just one hour – can save up to three lives.

New donors can sign up at the clinic before their first donation. The website is very informative and you can also call 1-888-236-6283 (24 hours) to speak with a nurse if you have any questions you would like answered before May 6th. If you have not donated before or for a while, you should read the information about eligibility on the website. Some of the rules have changed, so please don’t assume you are ineligible. For example, visits to the Mayan Riviera in Mexico do not automatically reduce eligibility. At the clinic, you will be asked to privately answer a number of personal and health related questions to ensure your blood is safe (risk-based) – all of this remains confidential. For those who are certain that you cannot donate blood, you can ask a friend or family member to donate in your name.

Be sure to eat regular meals that day and at least a snack before you donate. After you donate, there will be pizza at the clinic (for all donors) and then those interested can find a place for coffee. Important: alcohol and intense physical activity are not advisable on the day of your donation. We need accurate numbers, so please RSVP as soon as possible and let us know if something changes.

Please join us in saving lives!

National Day of Reason: Donating Blood

29 Apr

May 6, 6PM, Canadian Blood Services

325 20TH STREET EAST
Saskatoon, SK S7H 0A1

The National Day of Reason is used to inject reason and rational thought into actions and behaviors. It was started as a response to the National Day of Prayer in the US. Rather than praying (which has been shown to have no effect in all properly designed studies i.e. double blind placebo studies), we will do something that has a measurably positive effect: saving lives.

To do our part we will be having a group blood donation through Canadian Blood Services. We will meet at the downtown blood clinic at around 6pm. For those who can’t make it at that time please book an appointment that will work for your schedule any time that day or even that week – please let us know about it.

The Saskatoon Freethinkers became a Partner for Life this year, which means we’ve committed to donating a minimum number of units of blood (partner ID number: SASK010719). Most of the donations will occur separately, but we’re doing this one as a group donation, which will hopefully prompt some of our members to become regular donors. You will only be counted as a member of our group if you register with partners for life, which you can do online or at the clinic. If you are already a member with another partner you can have just this one donation count toward our group by providing the number at the clinic. To preregister as part of our freethinkers partner group online, go to the Partners for Life section of the website.

New donors can sign up at the clinic before their first donation. The website is very informative and you can also call 1 888 2DONATE if you have any questions you would like answered before May 6th. If you have not donated before or for a while, you should read the information about eligibility on the website. Note that you will be asked a number of personal and health related questions to ensure your blood is safe – all of this remains confidential. For those who are certain that you can not donate blood you can ask a friend or family member to donate in your name. Be sure to eat regular meals that day and at least a snack before you donate.

Please join us in saving lives!

Canadian Blood Services

325 20TH STREET EAST
Saskatoon, SK S7H 0A1

Saskatoon Freethinkers’ Kiva loans

27 Apr

After April’s Meetup on Atheism and Altruism, our group raised $300 to be directed to microloans through Kiva.org.  Wow!!  As of tonight, our group is the proud sponsor of 5 different entrepreneurs, in the countries of Togo, Philippines, Lebanon, Palestine, and Sierra Leone.

The Kiva lender page for our group is located here.  If you would like to read the entrepreneurs’ profiles, I’ve set up a forum thread on the Meetup site, where I’ll be posting any updates I receive.

Our donations are being counted toward the Kiva lending team of the Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, Freethinkers, Secular Humanists and the Non-Religious, a team that right now has the most members on Kiva (9,000+), AND has raised the most money ($1.9 million).

If you would like to donate additional funds to our Kiva account, please email me or speak to me at one of our gatherings. This outreach project will be an ongoing one for our group, so feel free to keep up the altruism! Also, if there is a specific entrepreneur you’d like us to support, post his/her profile on the forum thread, or let me know.

Rebekah
Community Services Coordinator