UGM's Orange Day 2010

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Union Gospel Mission is presenting their 2nd annual Orange Day happening April 2nd, 2010. Orange Day is actually a multi-day campaign to raise funds for the UGM’s Easter dinner, served to over 3,000 men, women and children in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Photo credit: Christine on Flickr

The concept is simple, think about the activities you normally do that cost money and instead of doing them, put that money away for one day and donate it to the Union Gospel Mission. This could be your $3.75 latte, a $2.50 bus commute, $12 for a movie or $50 for a dinner out with a friend. Instead, go for a walk, drink a glass or water, or stay home and have a movie night.

It’s called Orange Day because $0.32 is the price of an orange, which makes a nutritious and valuable addition to the UGM’s Easter meals. If you save $32.90 in one day by being frugal and enjoying free activities, the UGM can use that donation to prepare 10 full Easter dinners.

To get everyone in the spirit, the UGM has organized two events that don’t cost a thing:

Orange Day Campaign Kickoff: Gastown Photowalk

  • To kick off the week, you’re invited to a Gastown Photowalk. UGM’s own Leah Gregg will guide you as you get to know this part of the city with new eyes and through your camera lens.
  • When: Saturday, March 27, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
    Where: Meet at the Gassy Jack statue at the intersection of Carrall, Powell, and Water Streets.

    Orange Day Tweetup

  • Join Vancouver bloggers and UGM staff and volunteers as we chill together and get the word out online about the Orange Day campaign. Then, weather permitting, we’ll walk over to Crab Park to have some fun Orange Day activities and create bright, fresh “analog tweets” to spread the love and encourage homeless in our city and guests at the UGM meal.
  • When: Monday, March 29, 6:00pm (Chill Winston meetup); 7:00pm (Orange fun at Crab Park)
    Where: Meet at Chill Winston, at the intersection of Carrall, Powell, and Water Streets.

    You can follow the UGM on Twitter @UGM tag #OrangeDay, add orange-flavoured photos to their Flickr Group, or add them on Facebook for updates and info.

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    1. KevanThursday, March 25th, 2010 — 2:52pm PDT

      Oh snap! This is wicked Rebecca. Can’t wait to see what the community comes up with for Orange Day!

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