VISAGE Joins YYC Tech Gives, Rallies Other Calgary Tech Co’s to Join Food Bank challenge
Editor’s Note: While VISAGE rebranded to VERDAZO in April 2016, we haven’t changed the VISAGE name in our previous blog posts. We’re proud of our decade of work as VISAGE and that lives on within these blogs. Enjoy.
On December 4th, Brad and I will be at the Calgary Food Bank alongside members of Arcurve, Entero and other tech co’s for a “building a hamper” challenge. The VISAGE team will pit our capable and nimble selves up against 10 other teams from local tech companies for a surprise challenge … something like preparing hampers or bagging potatoes. The event is profiled by CBC Radio 1 hosted by Angela Knight.
If you are a regular at our blog site you’ll be hungry for some analysis or at least a few stats. Here goes. Calgary 2011: over 146,000 people used foodbank, 42% of whom were children. Hunger can be a short but scary crisis: 81% of clients visited three or fewer times. It’s not just the unemployed – 35% of households needing help had at least one person employed, with incomes too low to support them.
Last year YYC Tech Gives raised about $65,000 for the Calgary Food Bank. This year the aim is $100,000. If your tech team hasn’t already given to YYC Tech Gives – get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org to take part. Or rally your team to make a donation of food or cash. Check out the YYCTechGives Facebook page (link to http://www.facebook.com/pages/YYC-Tech-Gives/176860869072313) for ways to take care of the hungry in Calgary.