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Kiva

Kiva is a non-profit organization that connects donors to entrepreneurs in developing countries, empowering individuals to lift themselves out of poverty. At UFG, cash donations are collected throughout the year, and then made available to Kiva’s entrepreneurs. Once the loans are re-paid, UFG re-loans these funds over and over, so we have a growing sum that continuously helps a wide variety of people. Our lender page details who our donations have assisted, which countries the beneficiaries reside in and what the money was requested for.

UFG has supported Kiva since 2008. As of January 2014, we have lent $66,650 to 624 different individuals or groups, with 401 loans already paid back. Below is a summary of the money we have raised from January to November of each year:

• 2013: $1,904.34

• 2012: $3,578.52

• 2011: $2,526.64

• 2010: $2,803.68

• 2009: $3,800.05

• 2008: $2,782.54

 


Movember

The Mo — slang for moustache — and November come together each year for Movember. Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple: start November 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for prostate cancer. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.

Here are our annual results:

Movember 2013

The total funds raised: $1,093.30.

And the Winners Are…

• The Burt Reynolds Lifetime Moustache Achievement Award: Peter Lolley.

• Top Fundraiser: Rob Oliviera

• Most Gentlemanly: Pierre Bourgeot

• Most Likely to be Mistaken for My Grandmother’s Moustache: Steve Wrinch

• Best Porn-stache: Brendan Cohoe

 

Movember 2012

The total funds raised: $3,324.

And the Winners Are…

• The Burt Reynolds Lifetime Moustache Achievement Award: Scott Neilsen

• Top Fundraiser: Jordan Blanchet

• Best Handlebars/Split: Peter Lolley

• Most Likely to Have Food Stuck in It: Mike Biddlecombe

• Moustache That Covers the Most Facial Real Estate: Shane Elliott

• Most Gentlemanly: Neil Ambler

• Most Personality: Luke Zimmerman

• Most Likely to be Mistaken for My Grandmother’s Moustache: Chad Kopfensteiner

• Best Porn-stache: Warren Johnson

• Best Molest-ache: Steven Wrinch

 

Movember 2011

Total funds raised: $6,753.

And the Winners Are:

• The Burt Reynolds Lifetime Moustache Achievement Award: Jordan Blanchett

• Top Fundraiser: Kelly Tainton ($1,078)

Old Growthers

• Best Handlebars/split: Gary Bearchell

• Most Likely to Have Food Stuck in It: Shane Elliot

• Moustache That Covers the Most Facial Real Estate: Warren Johnson

Fresh Starters

• Most Gentlemanly: Neil Ambler

• Most Personality: Chad Kopfensteiner

• Most Likely to be Mistaken for My Grandmother’s Moustache: Michelle Chua

• Best Porn-stache: Stephen Johnson

• Best Molest-ache: Steven Wrinch

 

Movember 2010

Total funds raised: $6,964.

And the Winners Are:

• The Burt Reynolds Lifetime Moustache Achievement Award: Gary Bearchell

• Top Fundraiser: Cameron MacKinnon

• Most Likely to Have Food Stuck in It: Warren Johnson

• Moustache that Covers the Most Facial Real Estate: Nigel Morgan

• Most Gentlemanly: Chad Kopfensteiner

• Most Likely to Be Mistaken for My Grandmother’s Moustache: Mike Olson

• Best Handlebars/Split: Gordon Moran and Jordan Blanchett

• Best Porno-stache: Chris Savory

• Best “Dad-like” Moustache aka “Creepy”: Mike Ewart

 

 


Child’s Play

Child’s Play is a community-based charity out of Seattle, Washington, and began operating in 2003. This charity has raised over $5 million in 2012 alone, in donations of toys, games, books and cash for sick kids in hospitals across North America!

UFG has been supporting Child’s Play every December since 2010, with the studio matching the sum contributed by the staff. The money is used to purchase gifts for BC Children’s Hospital, for Victoria General Hospital and is also directly donated to Child’s Play. Here’s how we’ve been doing:

• 2013: $2,761.96 (For our support, Child’s Play listed us as a “Silver Sponsor” on their home page.)

• 2012: $3,452.94 (For our support, Child’s Play listed us as a “Silver Sponsor” on their home page.)

• 2011: $2,747.52. (For our support, Child’s Play listed us as a “Silver Sponsor” on their home page.)