We believe in the importance of giving back.
President, Debbie Breuls’ long-term goal is to become a philanthropist and knows that this will continue to be her inspiration with the Bredet Team’s ongoing efforts in what we do year over year.
I believe that giving is one of the most selfless things that I do. The return that I get personally from volunteering, whether in smiles, laughter or even tears occasionally, far exceeds any time or financial contribution donated.
Annual Children’s Wish Car Rally
President Debbie Breuls is the organizer of the Annual Children’s Wish Car Rally and this event has now completed its 27th Year, raising a total of $60,423.98 in 2017!
A rally is an overnight event that starts on a Saturday morning. Participants gather at a starting point and by following clues they will find their way to the final destination hotel. They don’t know where they are going, so that is part of the fun for everyone.
During the evening, we have dinner and dance as well as raising money with the silent auction, raffles, corporate sponsorship, pledges and our ticket sales. On Sunday, you get a delicious hot buffet breakfast, we announce how we did the night before and then you head home and think about where you’ll be going the next year and who else you can bring!
Terry Fox Run in Oakville
Since 2010 Bredet employees have participated in the Annual Terry Fox run in Oakville, ON and made financial donations.
In 1980, Terry Fox demonstrated such a strong, positive will, in the wake of being diagnosed with cancer, by deciding to run across Canada on a prosthetic leg to raise funds for cancer research. Terry knew he faced an immense challenge, however, after running the equivalent of nearly a marathon a day for 143 days, he was forced to stop when the cancer recurred in his lungs.
Participants in Oakville, ON chose to either run, walk, bicycle, board, in-line skate, push a stroller or walk the dog along a five-kilometre or 10K route, as well as took part in a 2K family walk/run. All funds raised, were donated to The Terry Fox Foundation.
The 5th Annual Hamilton Walk for Down Syndrome
This year the walk took place on Sunday, October 1st, 2017 located at Bayfront Part, 200 HarbourFront Drive in Hamilton
The Bredet Team has participated in the last four Annual Hamilton Walks by having our employees volunteer where needed at the walk and also being a sponsor. “The Walk” is a major fundraiser which helps to fund programs that assist their young members with development, their older members with independent living, and their parents with the resources required to raise a child with a disability. The Walk also helps to raise awareness about Down Syndrome within Hamilton and the surrounding area.
The Invictus Games Toronto 2017
This year the Invictus Games was hosted in Toronto, giving us the honour to volunteer at this inspiring event.
The Invictus Games brings together Men and Women who have serviced our country in their ‘Invictus’ spirit showing they are not defined by their injuries. “They have been tested and challenged, but they have not been overcome. They have proven they cannot be defeated”.
Our partner Sage had a major part in supporting these true heroes. Invictus Games was such a humbling experience seeing the support these military athletes received,
We Are Invictus!
Classroom 4 Hope
Classroom 4 Hope is an educational non-profit organization, partnering with local NGO’s and communities to build child-friendly schools and distribute scholarships. Classroom 4 Hope’s purpose is providing access to quality education for children in developing countries. Donate online here: https://classroomofhope.org/
Millions of pounds of plastic and trash enter the ocean every year, creating a serious threat to many species of sea turtles that call it home. Ocean plastic and marine debris are particularly dangerous for sea turtles because they can be mistaken for food and ingested or the turtles can become entangled in them, causing harm or even death. To help stop this from happening 4Ocean removes one pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines for each bracelet purchased. Head over to https://4ocean.com and help start cleaning up the oceans today!
SOS Children’s Village of Jamaica Foundation
SOS Children’s Village is a private, non-profit, non-political and non-denominational welfare organization. The goal of SOS Children’s Villages is to offer orphaned and abandoned children, regardless of race, nationality or creed, a permanent home and to prepare them for an independent life.
Spring/ Summer Clothing Drive
Bredet Services wants to help communities less fortunate, and did so by launched a spring/summer clothing drive.
This drive benefited Community Care and other relevant groups in the Kawarthas where there is a real need year round.
Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers
President Debbie Breuls was recognized for her efforts, with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers which was presented to her in 2018 by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada.
The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields.