|All the parents brought items to sell together and|
form the sale they raised $450.
Every year in Ottawa, Ontario (Canada), in a neighbourhood known as The Glebe, there is a huge garage sale that is attended by people from across the city. It’s known locally as the Great Glebe Garage Sale. Nik Nanos, the head coach of a small soccer team, the Ottawa Royals Hellenic Boys U10 team, lives in the Glebe and suggested his team to organize a team fundraising event and party around the sale. At the beginning, it was thought to use the funds for things the team needed, like jerseys and backpacks. But the team was fortunate enough to have these items sponsored by a few parents of the team. Since they didn’t need much else, they decided to donate most of the money raised to a charity project. But which?
Ciaran Ryan, an Ottawa Royals Hellenics player,
helps set up the sale in the morning.
Patti Ryan is the mother of one of the players. Together with her husband, her son and daughter she went on a Dharavi Tour with Reality Tours and Travel in 2010. This spring she received our first Newsletter and read about the Girls Football Program and she suggested this project to the team to raise funds for. "Since both of our kids have seen Dharavi and both play competitive soccer, it seemed like a great fit." Patti mailed us after the event.
Three Royals players in their jackets
Group photo at the sale, under one of the posters
(Bottom row left to right: Ciaran Ryan, Paul Nanos,
Patrick McNeill-McKinnell, Grady Squres; top row,
left to right: Christos Tsimiklis,
Mark Nanos, Grant Stoppa)
There are 13 players in the Ottawa Royals Hellenic Boys U10 team, and they had asked all of their families to donate whatever items they could to the sale. They also sold drinks and treats for a small additional profit. Furthermore they made two large posters to publicize the cause – one poster contained the team name and logos, and the other explained the Yuwa Girls Football Program and featured some of the postcard photos of Dharavi that they purchased two years ago. At the end of the day they raised $450 for our cause - THANK YOU A LOT OTTAWA ROYAL HELLENIC BOYS!
|The whole Ottawa Royals Hellenic Boys U10 Team.|
|Emily in preparation for her challenge in June|