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Watch-it Shred-it Day

Shred your unwanted documents, help the Kiwanis Club support needy families at Christmas

JAMES CARELESS

Everyone has a few boxes of unwanted important documents buried in storage – and has no idea what to do with them.

These could be important yet obsolete papers such as old bank statements, tax bills, old agendas and diaries, and other personal items that – to guard against identity theft – shouldn’t be put into the black box recycling bin. So these papers remain in the basement, closet or storage unit indefinitely, taking up space and gathering dust.

Fortunately, you can safely and responsibly dispose of these unwanted documents, while helping deserving Ottawa-area families receive a week’s worth of groceries – including a turkey – at Christmas. The place to do this is at the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa’s eighth annual Watch-it, Shred-it Day fundraiser at Ottawa’s Hampton Park Plaza on Saturday, Oct. 15. Hampton Park Plaza is located at the corner of Carling and Kirkwood Avenues, with the Watch-it, Shred-it event running from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot.

Watch-it, Shred-it Day is where you can bring your unwanted documents to be safely shredded into unreadable scraps once and for all.

“In partnership with the mobile document destruction company Shred-it, which is providing  ve document shred-ding trucks staffed by Shred-it employee volunteers, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa will destroy these unwanted documents as you watch,” said Neil McDonald, co- chair of the club’s Shred-it Day committee. “That’s right: You can have them chopped up for a good cause.”

“Better yet, we accept documents with staples, paper clips, and even small bull- dog clips,” said Ian Peddie, the Shred-it Day committee’s other co-chair. “Shred- it’s powerful shredding trucks can even chop up wire spiral binders and bound books. And if you feel the need, you can watch while your unwanted documents are chewed up; just to feel assured that they are gone for good.”

The cost to shred your unwanted documents is just $8 per banker’s box (or equivalent) load of documents, with a limit of  five boxes per vehicle. One hundred per cent of the funds raised will be used to prepare the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa’s Christmas food baskets.

Previous Watch-it, Shred-it Days have collected anywhere from $7,000 to $10,000 per year for the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa’s Christmas food basket program.

“Watch-it, Shred-it Day is the perfect mix of safe document disposal and help- ing your neighbours,” said McDonald. “And you’ll free up space in your storage area,” added Peddie.
For more information call 613-233-1900.

Push For Change on Parliament Hill

After sleeping out with sKreamers and a walk in from Orleans with the Kiwanis Club of Orleans, The Push for Change with Joe Roberts and Marie MacDonald were on Parliament Hill as they push a shopping cart across Canada to draw attention to the problem of youth homelessness.

Bed Race at a Sens Game

On Sunday, January 24th, between the 2nd and 3rd period of the game between the Ottawa Senators and the NY Rangers, the Club ran a single bed race to show off much fun the event can be. Our thanks to the Sens for hosting us, and to the Accora Village (our title sponsor), Algonquin College (a gold sponsor and bed maker), the Chateau Laurier (13 year participant) and the International Union of Elevator Constructors (last year's fastest bed and best fund raiser) for racing.

Tons of fun to be had at the Accora Village Bed Race for Kiwanis on February 6th, with room still left for teams.

Christmas Lunch for Seniors

For over 40 years the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa has been serving lunch to seniors for Christmas. This year's luncheon took place at the Good Companions Centre, and was attended by over 100 seniors, and lunch was served by Kiwanians and their families. Santa Claus was in attendance, and the entertainment was provided by Dominic D'Arcy and his Rising Stars.

Kiwanis Christmas Food Hampers

With funding from our Watch-it, Shred-it Day, the Club prepared and delivered over 600 food hampers to over 185 families.

The project is made possible with the help of: Algoma Orchards, CapitalDrone.com, Costco Canada, Dole Food Canada, Erb Group of Companies, Hendry Warren LLP, Omega Advanced Technologies Inc., Ottawa Carleton District School Board, Ottawa-Carleton Mortgage Inc., Shred-it, The Boys Give Back, The Ray Otten Group.

The Club is still accepting donations on line to help next year with more hampers.

Kiwanis Luncheon - Allen Ure - Kiwanis EC&C District Governor

This was the official visit of Kiwanis EC&C District Governor Allen Ure as we were joined by Kiwanians from the area.

Joe Roberts of Push for a Change who will be pushing a shopping cart across Canada next summer to draw attention to the issue of youth homelessness. His topic tied in with our recent partnership with the Youth Service Bureau.

Watch-it, Shred-it Day

The 2015 version of the event went well with support from Shred-it as hundreds of boxes of personal records were shredded at Hampton Park Plaza.

Proceeds of about $3,500 will benefit the Kiwanis Christmas Food Basket Program for families. Contributions can be made directly to the Christmas Basket program online, and this year we hope to do more than the 210 families that we did in 2015.

Kiwanis Luncheon - Turnover Day

Turnover Day! We said "Thank You" to outgoing President Gary Flockton and the Board of Directors, and to Welcome our new President Wayne French and the Board of Directors.

Front row: President Wayne French Second row: Immediate Past President Gary Flockton, President Elect Steve Tanner Back Row: Secretary/Treasurer Mark O'Neill, Director Kathleen Holst, Director Steve Moore Missing: Director Rachel Kooyman

Front row: President Wayne French
Second row: Immediate Past President Gary Flockton, President Elect Steve Tanner
Back Row: Secretary/Treasurer Mark O'Neill, Director Kathleen Holst, Director Steve Moore
Missing: Director Rachel Kooyman

Photos from the year can be found in our year end book, or from this web site.