ROCKET POWER | Join Fellow Sports Fans in the Typhoon Relief Effort

by Erica, Fundraising Specialist, RocketSportsMedia.com

MONTREAL, QC. — It’s time for us all to team up for a common goal.

When a natural disaster strikes, especially on the other side of the world, it can be hard for us to imagine the extent of the damage. We hear of people losing their lives or their homes, and of aid efforts rushing in to do whatever is possible. We hope that there’s enough food and medical attention for the victims. One thing that I know I haven’t always thought about is what happens as a country tries to rebuild after such a disaster.

(Reuters/Erik De Castro)
(Reuters/Erik De Castro)

It’s happened (unfortunately) many times in the past, and it’s happened again in the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan (called Yolanda in the Philippines.) Ten thousand people are believed dead; hundreds of thousands more have lost their homes. The areas most affected by the typhoon are home to about 15 million people. It’s quite possible that we in North America haven’t even seen the full effects of the devastation on the news (see video below from Tacloban City.) We might be lacking some details, but we know one thing for sure: there are people who need our help.

As such, Rocket Sports Media, through its Rocket Power charitable program, is asking for your help by introducing the All Habs Typhoon Relief Effort.  All Habs Hockey Magazine is an RSM publication that brings together hockey fans of the Montreal Canadiens.  This tight-knit community is unwavering in its support of the Habs.  This passionate fan base has expressed a desire to pull together in tough times to demonstrate their caring spirit.
But this effort goes beyond team affiliation.  Rocket Power is a mechanism that we have carefully developed over the past four years to unite sports fans to make a difference in the lives of those in need.
We want to bring your attention to this desperate situation and come together to raise funds for Humanitarian Coalition – comprised of Oxfam Canada, Oxfam QuebecCARE Canada, Plan Canada, and Save the Children. Many of these organizations have had long-standing outposts in the Philippines and were prepared to provide aid as soon as disaster struck.
For our friends south of the border, we suggest that you contribute to the American Red Cross to help their global response effort.

We have set a modest goal — we hope that you will join your fellow hockey friends to help us reach it.  Please contribute what you can or challenge fellow fans:

(Reuters/Erik De Castro)
(Reuters/Erik De Castro)
  • Pledge a dollar amount for every Habs goal or win
  • Pledge a dollar amount for every loss by your least favourite team
  • Choose a player and donate his jersey number or pledge for every point or penalty minute he gets
  • Get your hockey pool involved and have people donate after they lose
We want to hear your donation story! Share it with us in the comments section.
As an added bonus, the Canadian government has announced that they’ll match every donation made to registered Canadian charities for typhoon relief. Your donation will go twice as far, and may be tax-deductible if you’re a Canadian resident, so what are you waiting for?
Get creative! Help us reach our goal. You’ll feel really good about it, and you’ll be helping people who desperately need it. Visit the Rocket Power donation portal – your money goes directly to the Humanitarian Coalition – and make a donation by December 1st, 2013.

Rocket Power is an initiative pioneered by Rocket Sports Media designed to mobilize hockey fans to support charitable organizations and to get involved in their communities.

ROCKET POWER | Rocket Sports Supports Autism Speaks

Rocket Power is an initiative pioneered by Rocket Sports Media designed to mobilize hockey fans to support charitable organizations and to get involved in their communities. We proud to help raise awareness with a series of continuing features  intended to spotlight members of the hockey community who are making a difference.

By Erica, Fundraising Coordinator, Rocket Power

excerpted from All Habs Hockey Magazine :

MONTREAL, QC. — Wendy Ferris Groulx has been instrumental in involving the Montreal Canadiens with fundraisers for autism spectrum disorders. She and her husband, Canadiens goaltending coach Pierre Groulx, are parents to twin boys. One of the twins, Leo, was diagnosed with autism just over a year ago. Here, she discusses her, and the Canadiens’, involvement with Autism Speaks, to raise both funds and public awareness for the disorder.

walknow-300x104How did you get involved with Autism Speaks?

This happened through the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation. Our of our twin boys, Leo, was diagnosed with autism a little more than a year ago, a couple of months before his 3rd birthday. During the lockout, my husband spoke with Geneviève Paquette, the executive director of the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation and suggested that the Foundation do something to promote autism awareness, if possible. She then brought this all together, with Pierre and I creating Team Canadiens-Pierre Groulx for Walk Now for Autism Speaks, and both Autism Speaks and the social-services group CRDI-Montérégie coming together to promote autism awareness at the April 1 game at the Bell Centre.

Read the entire article titled “Rocket Power: Canadiens Speaking up for Autism Speaks” at AllHabs.net

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Are you a hockey fan trying to make a difference or raise money for a good cause? We’d love to hear from you. Email erica(at)allhabs.net and we’ll be in touch!

ROCKET POWER | RSM Supports Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation Initiative

Rocket Power is an initiative pioneered by Rocket Sports Media designed to mobilize hockey fans to support charitable organizations and to get involved in their communities. We proud to help raise awareness with a series of continuing features  intended to spotlight members of the hockey community who are making a difference.

By Erica, Fundraising Coordinator, Rocket Power

excerpted from Hockey Pub :

MONTREAL, QC. — Melissa Milonow, a 23-year-old Habs fan living in Ottawa, is an athlete who’s not afraid of a challenge. After all, she was drafted to the CWHL a few years ago. She recently sought out local fundraising events that would allow her to do two things she loves: helping others and staying in shape. Next week, she’ll be doing both at a fundraising event in Ottawa.

Melissa Tell us a bit about this event.

The event I am participating in is called Bust a Move (For Breast Health) and it is a one-day fitness and fundraising event to celebrate and fight for breast health. “Bust a Move” was founded in Halifax in 2010 and has since raised over two million dollars for breast health programs.

The Ottawa edition of Bust A Move is being organized by the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. It takes place on March 2 at the Ottawa Athletic Club and involves five hours of fitness sessions – yes, I will be working out for the entire five hours! Hour 1 involves dancing and stepping to rock style music; hour 2 involves dance routines with a Zumba flavour; hour 3 is a flow yoga class; hour 4 is a kickboxing and martial arts workout and finally hour 5 is Urban Dance.

Read the entire article titled “Rocket Power: Melissa Busts a Move for Breast Health” at HockeyPub.com

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Are you a hockey fan trying to make a difference or raise money for a good cause? We’d love to hear from you. Email erica(at)allhabs.net and we’ll be in touch!