It’s a packed weekend! A 24-Hour Wiffleball marathon for a great cause + Indigenous education with CFN

As temperatures soar and we reach the middle of summer, it’s tempting to spend all your weekends at the beach – however, if you’re sticking closer to home, like we are, there’s no shortage of events to take part in. This coming weekend, July 29 and 30, see two big events for CIES – the ASCEND Charity’s 24-hour Wiffleball Marathon, and the Centre for Newcomers-led Indigenous Education for Newcomers program launch. Read on for more about how you can support both great events:

The ASCEND 24-hour Wiffleball Marathon – July 29, 12:45 pm – July 30, 1:00 pm – west of Cochrane, AB 

ASCEND (the Alex Schaap Charity to Educate and Nurture Development) is hosting their annual 24-hour Wiffleball marathon at a park west of Cochrane, Alberta on Saturday, July 29th and Sunday, July 30th. Proceeds from the event will support ASCEND’s charitable initiatives throughout 2017 and 2018, including its week-long Women’s English Language and Computer Literacy program, which CIES is excited to help facilitate. We previously wrote about this exciting summer workshop here; participants will receive one week of quality English language instruction, learn new computer skills, and receive resume-building assistance, and will take their learning laptops home with them at the end of the week to keep, loaded with language-learning software so they can continue their lessons at home. Childcare will also be provided free of charge, thanks to generous help from the City of Calgary, and a carnival will be held on the final day, with food and fun for the whole family.

Sportsnet, CTV’s sports channel, will be present the whole time, filming live on location Sunday morning. Retired MLB players will also take part, with Chris Reitsma, Adam Stern, Jeff Francis and Mike Johnson all joining teams. Opening ceremonies will take place at 12:45 on Saturday and the event will conclude at 1 pm Sunday afternoon. Food and cold drinks will be available to purchase on site (cash only), in addition to ASCEND tshirts and raffle tickets for a whiskey package, a wine package, and a Baseball Canada package. All are welcome at this event, so feel free to bring your whole family.

ASCEND has a $50,000 fundraising goal for this event, and while they’re well on their way to reaching their target, all donations are gratefully accepted. If you’d like to contribute to the 24-hour Wiffleball Marathon, you can donate online here.

Indigenous Education for Newcomers Celebration Launch – July 29, 2017, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – the Genesis Centre, Calgary, AB 

CIES is proud to join with Centre for Newcomers and our other community partners to co-host the Indigenous Education for Newcomers Celebration launch on July 29 at the Genesis Centre. The celebration is open to everyone and will feature an elder blessing, a round dance, live scenes from the Making of Treaty 7, a youth reconciliation activity, and more. It officially marks the launch of the program of the same name, which seeks to educate newcomers and Canadians on the historic and continuing discrimination imposed on Canada’s Indigenous peoples. This program is but one part of the larger effort to reach a space of reconciliation and healing.

Stop by at any time throughout the day to visit with CIES and to learn more about this important program.

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