Thankful for inspiring colleagues and clients

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to slow down and reflect.  As the seasons quickly change, it can be easy to get caught on autopilot, and forget about the good that is going on around us. Two individuals we have the pleasure of knowing and working with, Doris Chin, and Joe Murphy, Q.C. are helping to give back this Thanksgiving season.

Skunkworks own, Doris Chin, a cancer survivor, took to the streets with the “iDDy biDDY tiDDy” team, for the CIBC Run for the Cure. Raising over $1600, Doris and the team of 12 are featured above. Congratulations to the team on completing the run for the 4th year in a row, and bringing awareness to an important cause for so many people and funding to continue the research necessary to find a cure.

On October 4th, Child Haven International celebrated its 25th Annual Fundraising Dinner with great success. The event was sold out (again!), thanks to efforts by volunteers and supporters like Joe Murphy, Q.C. of Murphy Battista LLP. Joe helped fill the benefit with three tables of people and made the rounds to make sure the silent auction items were well advertised.

Child Haven International assists over 1,000 women and children in four countries in need of food, education, healthcare, shelter, emotional, and moral support. CHI also seeks to improve the lives of women through direct employment, education, medical aid, and training opportunities. Additionally, they do it all based on a Ghandian philosophy that, among other things supports gender and class equality as well as mutual respect for cultures and religions. It’s truly a “no strings” attached outfit.

Our Client Services Director, Marni MacLeod, was lucky enough to secure a ticket and was treated to superb Indian food prepared by volunteers with food and drink supplied by yet more volunteers. In addition to the food, attendees were treated to live marimba music supplied by the Kumbana Marimba band. Moreover, she discovered that Joe was being honoured as one of the original group of 15 people who helped to make this annual dinner a reality and who have continued to support it year after year.

CHI founders Fred and Betty Cappuccino were on hand to thank everyone who has consistently worked to make the Vancouver event the most successful fundraising dinner on their national tour. Fred shared an update on what CHI has been doing and how people can continue to help and Betty made sure he didn’t forget about the funds needed to complete a third floor for their highly successful tailoring training program! This is one incredible couple. Listening to them talk about their work with passion, humility and unfailing good humour was a pleasure. They are the definition of humanitarians and we applaud and support the great work Child Haven International is doing.

Interested in supporting Children Haven International or getting involved in Run for the Cure? Please take a look at the links attached.

CIBC Run for the Cure

Child Haven International 

A big thanks to Doris, Joe and everyone who made these wonderful events possible and thank you for sharing your commitment with us. You remind us that working for the benefit of others is truly its own reward. Happy Thanksgiving. We wish you all a warm and happy long weekend.


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