Ravi Shanghavi is Donating $1,700 to Charity. Week 13 – Martin Luther Kindergarten

This weeks donation was a few months in the making.  Every year my friend Robert Alliman’s work has a raffle for the United Way.  And every year that raffle usually results in people winning generous amounts of computer goodies.   So I calculated this would be the perfect way to expand the donation coffers and meet a request presented to me by another friend Henrik Schwerdtfeger.

Henrik wished to purchase a laptop to donate to the german kindergarten he takes his daughter to.   So I pieced the two together and told Henrik no problem.  I would sort his request in the fall.

Now the original plan was to calculate the tickets sold and the prizes available.  Take a reasonable sum from my donation coffers, purchase raffle tickets.  Win laptops/desktops.  Give one to Henrik’s kindergarten, and sell the rest for profit.  The profit in turn would allow me to donate for a longer period of time.

Of course, the plan went a little sideways when the turnout for this years laptop raffle was double+ last years.  I did make out with two laptops.  One will be resold, at a break even pricepoint.  Whilst the other has been donated to Martin Luther Kindergarten of Ottawa.   Given the cost was over the normal $51 I donate weekly, Henrik and I chipped in $50 each to cover the costs of the raffle tickets purchased for each laptop.  Just to keep things fair and consistent.   Each laptop basically cost $150 in raffle tickets.

For background on the Martin Luther Kindergarten of Ottawa, I unfortunately don’t have much.  Other than it is operated with the help of the Martin Luther German Church  which I believe is a part of the Evanglical Lutheran Church in Canada.    And to add it takes great care of Henriks daughter Emma, which is the important part for me!

-Ravi Shanghavi, is the CheapIndianGuy

Donations, and donations on behalf of.

1) Ituneskiller – $50 – Ottawa Food Bank
2) Nuria aka nuri787 – $51 – Canadian Cancer Society pledged to Julia Saltarelli-McCrea
3) Erika Saunders – $51 – Recyclore
4) DoctorPhil – $51 – Down Syndrome Association – National Capital Region
5) DJ Sinsear – $51 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa
6) Margaret Sambol – $51 – Children at Risk Ottawa
7) Julia – $51 – NAAR – National Alliance for Autism Research
8 ) Norm O’Hara – $51 – Seva Foundation
9 ) Ravi Shanghavi – $51 – Hindu Temple of Ottawa Carleton
10) Darcy P. – $51 – Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
11) Kishor Shanghavi – $51 – Save the Children: Cyclone Nargis
12) Henrik Schwerdtfeger – $51/Laptop – Martin Luther Kindergarten of Ottawa

Ravi Shanghavi is Donating $1,700 to Charity. Week 12 – Save the Children of Cyclone Nargis

Burma, now Myanmar is almost a fabled land for me.  My family has many stories of their time there, my father especially has told of the beautiful country and its people.  A place I will surely visit.

It is his wish for week 12 that I donate to the children of Myanmar who were affected by Cyclone Nargis.   Cyclone Nargis killed some 150,000 people in Myanmar in early May 2008.  Displacing tens of thousands more.   The foundation providing aid to this region is Save the Children.

It is the graph below that drew my interest to Save the Children.

In fiscal year 2008, 92 percent of all expenditures went to program services. In fiscal year 2008, 92 percent of all expenditures went to program services. That percentage is an average for all of Save the Children's programs worldwide; the percentage spent on in any particular program may vary. Program Services 92%, Management & General: 4%, Fundraising: 4%.

-Ravi Shanghavi, is the CheapIndianGuy

Donations, and donations on behalf of.

1) Ituneskiller – $50 – Ottawa Food Bank
2) Nuria aka nuri787 – $51 – Canadian Cancer Society pledged to Julia Saltarelli-McCrea
3) Erika Saunders – $51 – Recyclore
4) DoctorPhil – $51 – Down Syndrome Association – National Capital Region
5) DJ Sinsear – $51 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa
6) Margaret Sambol – $51 – Children at Risk Ottawa
7) Julia – $51 – NAAR – National Alliance for Autism Research
8 ) Norm O’Hara – $51 – Seva Foundation
9 ) Ravi Shanghavi – $51 – Hindu Temple of Ottawa Carleton
10) Darcy P. – $51 – Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
11) Kishor Shanghavi – $51 – Save the Children: Cyclone Nargis

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Ravi Shanghavi is Donating $1,700 to Charity. Week 11 – Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Running behind on posting, but not on the cause! Week 11’s donation was made on behalf of Darcy P. to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

For those not local to the Ottawa region, CHEO was founded in 1974 mostly by way of donations.  It was established to provide care for children aged 0-18years and is a “academic pediatric hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa, with a mandate for care, research and teaching.”

-Ravi Shanghavi, is the CheapIndianGuy

Donations, and donations on behalf of.

1) Ituneskiller – $50 – Ottawa Food Bank
2) Nuria aka nuri787 – $51 – Canadian Cancer Society pledged to Julia Saltarelli-McCrea
3) Erika Saunders – $51 – Recyclore
4) DoctorPhil – $51 – Down Syndrome Association – National Capital Region
5) DJ Sinsear – $51 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa
6) Margaret Sambol – $51 – Children at Risk Ottawa
7) Julia – $51 – NAAR – National Alliance for Autism Research
8 ) Norm O’Hara – $51 – Seva Foundation
9 ) Ravi Shanghavi – $51 – Hindu Temple of Ottawa Carleton
10) Darcy P. – $51 – Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Ravi Shanghavi donates to CHEO

Ravi Shanghavi is Donating $1,700 to Charity. Week 10 – Hindu Temple of Ottawa Carleton

Happy Diwali folks!!! Sal Mubarak today too!! (Happy New Year) For those who wish you may read up via wikipedia about Diwali here.    Making my annual trip to the temple for Diwali I decided to make a donation there.   I can still remember when it was first built, and the first Diwali standing in the basement as they’d just poured the foundation.  Time sure flies.   So for week 10 I made a $51 donation to the Hindu Temple of Ottawa Carleton.

-Ravi Shanghavi, is the CheapIndianGuy

Donations, and donations on behalf of.

1) Ituneskiller – $50 – Ottawa Food Bank
2) Nuria aka nuri787 – $51 – Canadian Cancer Society pledged to Julia Saltarelli-McCrea
3) Erika Saunders – $51 – Recyclore
4) DoctorPhil – $51 – Down Syndrome Association – National Capital Region
5) DJ Sinsear – $51 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa
6) Margaret Sambol – $51 – Children at Risk Ottawa
7) Julia – $51 – NAAR – National Alliance for Autism Research
8 ) Norm O’Hara – $51 – Seva Foundation
9 ) Ravi Shanghavi – $51 – Hindu Temple of Ottawa Carleton

Ravi Shanghavi is Donating $1,700 to Charity. Week 9 – Seva Foundation

On the suggestion of a kind reader, I’ve made a donation to the Seva Foundation.  I’ve copied below an excerpt from their site, I was immediately touched by this cause and feel most would also be.  Thank you for your suggestion!

“Seva Foundation started as a small group with a big idea, and the idea was this: To be fully human, we must translate our compassion and concern into useful service.

That simple statement conveys something about the nature of compassion that is expressed in most spiritual traditions around the world — that compassion is not just about helping those less fortunate than ourselves, it’s about the realization that we are all connected as one human family.

That sense of compassionate service motivates all of Seva’s work, as we build programs that support people around the world in their efforts to build healthy communities.

Seva’s programs, spanning many cultures and countries, share certain fundamental principles:

Serving the Underserved
Building Healthy Communities
Promoting Sustainability
Working Through Partnerships”

-Ravi Shanghavi, is the CheapIndianGuy

Donations, and donations on behalf of.

1) Ituneskiller – $50 – Ottawa Food Bank

2) Nuria aka nuri787 – $51 – Canadian Cancer Society pledged to Julia Saltarelli-McCrea

3) Erika Saunders – $51 – Recyclore

4) DoctorPhil – $51 – Down Syndrome Association – National Capital Region

5) DJ Sinsear – $51 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa

6) Margaret Sambol – $51 – Children at Risk Ottawa

7) Julia – $51 – NAAR – National Alliance for Autism Research
8 ) Norm O’Hara – $51 – Seva Foundation

Ravi Shanghavi donates to Seva Foundation
Ravi Shanghavi donates to Seva Foundation

Ravi Shanghavi is Donating $1,700 to Charity. Week 8 – NAAR

NAAR – National Alliance for Autism Research is where my week 8 donation went to on behalf of Juli.  The original request was to sponsor Dante’s Dream Team.  Though due to difficulties with their website, I was unable to make the donation to sponsor them.  The organization they are raising funds for though is NAAR.  Which I was able to donate to via www.CanadaHelps.org .  My donation portal of choice.  I’m a wee tardy on this update but I’ll be sure to make a mid week donation this week to bring my campaign up to date.   Best wishes to all, and many thanks for the continued support.  With good fortune I will be able to continue this indefinately.

-Ravi Shanghavi, is the CheapIndianGuy

Donations, and donations on behalf of.

1) Ituneskiller – $50 – Ottawa Food Bank

2) Nuria aka nuri787 – $51 – Canadian Cancer Society pledged to Julia Saltarelli-McCrea

3) Erika Saunders – $51 – Recyclore

4) DoctorPhil – $51 – Down Syndrome Association – National Capital Region

5) DJ Sinsear – $51 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa

6) Margaret Sambol – $51 – Children at Risk Ottawa

7) Julia – $51 – NAAR – National Alliance for Autism Research

Donating $1,700 to Charity. Week 7 – Children at Risk Ottawa

For week 7 I’ve made a donation on behalf of Margaret Sambol to Children at Risk of Ottawa.  This organization is dedicated to the assistance of children and families of those who are autistic.  For those who aren’t familiar with Autism or ASDs you can learn more here.

Some of the organizations goals are as follows.

  • Children at Risk seeks to increase public awareness of Autism and the impact this disability has on the child and on his or her family.
  • Children at Risk advocates on behalf of Autistic children and their families at the local, provincial and national levels.
  • Children at Risk fosters linkages with other local agencies or organizations in the community.

Donations, and donations on behalf of.

1) Ituneskiller – $50 – Ottawa Food Bank

2) Nuria aka nuri787 – $51 – Canadian Cancer Society pledged to Julia Saltarelli-McCrea

3) Erika Saunders – $51 – Recyclore

4) DoctorPhil – $51 – Down Syndrome Association – National Capital Region

5) DJ Sinsear – $51 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa

6) Margaret Sambol – $51 – Children at Risk Ottawa

Very many thanks to all those who have written in and provided support.

– Ravi Shanghavi, the CheapIndianGuy

Donating $1,700 to Charity. Week 6 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa

Local DJ Sinsear dropped me a line on my Youtube video to offer up his suggestion.  He picked the ever worthy cause of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa.

A quote from their website

“Mentoring is about the power of friendship. The volunteers and young people in our programs experience the magic of everyday moments when they are shared with a friend. Everyone needs someone to laugh with, share a dream with, and just hang out… with friends it’s the little things that mean the most.”

I really couldn’t have said it better myself.  This is such a great cause, helping kids in a special way,  It’s just about being there.

I wanted to take a second to say thanks to everyone who’s touched base and offered a suggestion.  I have made note and will work my way through the list.  I’m trying to work on a first in, first out basis.  Though for any events or causes that are pledges for certain dates I’ll do my best to accommodate!

Donations, and donations on behalf of.

1) Ituneskiller – $50 – Ottawa Food Bank

2) Nuria aka nuri787 – $51 – Canadian Cancer Society pledged to Julia Saltarelli-McCrea

3) Erika Saunders – $51 – Recyclore

4) DoctorPhil – $51 – Down Syndrome Association – National Capital Region

5) DJ Sinsear – $51 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa

Thanks for all your help and input folks!! Keep the suggestions and worthy causes coming!

– Ravi Shanghavi, the CheapIndianGuy

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Donating $1,700 to Charity. Week 5

Time sure flies.  We’re at week 5 already and I’m happy that we’ve many more to go.  This week I’ve donated at the request of DoctorPhil of YouTube renown.  His wish was to donate to a cause related to Down Syndrome.

Upon doing some brief research on the CHEO website I came across a local organization called Down Syndrome Association – National Capital Region. They’re an Ottawa based organization that you helps you “learn about issues, activities and resources relevant to those with Down Syndrome in the Ottawa and surrounding areas.”  Their site has a forum where you can touch base with others, ask questions, and respond to others.  They also have a number of links and resources available for those who wish to obtain  additional information.

Donations, and donations on behalf of.

1) Ituneskiller – $50 – Ottawa Food Bank

2) Nuria aka nuri787 – $51 – Canadian Cancer Society pledged to Julia Saltarelli-McCrea

3) Erika Saunders – $51 – Recyclore

4) DoctorPhil – $51 – Down Syndrome Association – National Capital Region

Thanks for all your help and input folks!! Keep the suggestions and worthy causes coming!

– Ravi Shanghavi, the CheapIndianGuy

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Donating $1,700 to Charity. Week 4

Heya folks, So we’re at week 4 of my quest to donate the $1,700 in change I rolled.

To give you an idea of the quantities.

7,650 pennies
1,250 dimes
864 quarters
760 nickels
300 toonies (two dollar coins)
96 loonies (one dollar coins)
and then there was a misc amount of dollar bills I’d traded in for change over time.

It seemed incredibly daunting at first. The massive piles of mixed coinage. But slowly, one handful at a time I got through it. I believe that it means more this way having rolled it by hand then it would have, had I got to the local market and paid 10cents on a dollar to have it sorted/exchanged for bills.

Recently Erika Saunders had contacted me with a suggestion to donate to a local non-profit organization called Recyclore. They’re a volunteer run organization providing the community with used bicycles and access to a do-it-yourself repair shop.  They even have an on-site mechanic to guide you in your repairs.

Items they’re taking in to recycle are as follows.

* Bicycles in any condition – none are turned away, even if it’s just scrap metal
* Bicycle parts and accessories – trailers, bags, tools, seats, reflectors, etc.
* Bicycle clothing – wash them first please

Donations, and donations on behalf of.

1) Ituneskiller – $50 – Ottawa Food Bank

2) Nuria aka nuri787 – $51 – Canadian Cancer Society pledged to Julia Saltarelli-McCrea

3) Erika Saunders – $51 – Recyclore

Thanks for all your help and input folks!! Keep the suggestions and worthy causes coming!

– Ravi Shanghavi, the CheapIndianGuy

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