Canada's Champions of Change

OUR 2010 WINNERS: BOB AND BOBBY

You voted and here are your 2010 Champions! Meet Bob Davisson and Bobby Hayes and see their stories!

RELIVE THE STORIES ON DEMAND

Watch the Champions of Change Finale and all our Champions stories here.

Happy holidays everyone!

Posted by: Mark Kelley

markkelley.jpgTo start off, I want to thank everyone for voting. It's great to put something out there and have people respond. We know these 10 volunteers make a unique contribution and we're glad they resonate with you. Remember you can vote up to 10 times and polls are open until January 10, 2011. Winners are announced January 16, 2011.

So you've donated canned goods and dropped a Toonie into a Christmas Kettle. What's next? Well our Champions team did some brainstorming and came up with a few last minute ways you can have an impact over the holidays.

Every year countless toys are wrapped and stowed under the tree. Why not help children around the world play too? Right to Play is celebrating their tenth anniversary this year, and they are always looking for people to volunteer and fundraise. Find out more here.

Here in Canada, most food banks receive no government funding and rely exclusively on donations. According to the most recent Hunger Count, food bank use is on the rise. Many have informative websites that make it easy to place a donation or find out how you can help. Visit Food Banks Canada for more information. 
 
Shop at Oxfam's
Unwrapped catalogue and look for donation gift that reflects the personality of your family member or friend--from a flock of chickens to a bicycle to community radio. Many gifts are under $20.

Spread the Net is a one way to buy an inexpensive gift for that person who has everything. For $10 you can buy a bed net for one child at risk of contracting malaria. Best deal in town.

Dreaming of a green Christmas? After the presents are unwrapped, remember tree recycling. Many communities have Christmas tree recycling programs that reduce the number which end up in landfills. Call your municipality and see when the pickup is scheduled for your neighbourhood.

Lastly, check out our Volunteer Centre for links to volunteer coordinators in your area. 

Do you have more Champions-inspired holiday ideas? Email us at champions@cbc.ca

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