Here comes ChickenFest!

It's that time of year again - Rotary ChickenFest!

If you've attended before, then you know what a fantastic event the Rotary Club of Winnipeg West puts on. If you haven't, keep reading to find out all the details, and how you can get involved.

What's ChickenFest all about? Well, it's about supporting a worthwhile charity (just like Hal Anderson, the honourary chair does!) and enjoying a fabulous chicken meal (provided by Chicken Delight).

Here's how you can get involved:

1. Between Thursday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 27th, treat your staff to a lunch or dinner for only $15.00 per chicken meal (see the Fax Order Sheet here). Rotary volunteers will be available to deliver the hot meals to your business or home.

2. Come out to the ChickenFest supper on Tuesday, May 1st at CanadInns Polo Park from 4pm - 9pm. Tickets are $15.00 and available from the CRF office. Attend to support the charity, and enjoy a great chicken meal, but stay for the entertainment and the silent auction. Both dine-in and take-out options are available.

Over the past 60 years, the Rotary Club of Winnipeg West has donated more than $1 Million to local and international charities and groups. For more information on the Club, click here.

For the past 3 years, Rotary ChickenFest has supported the Children's Rehabilitation Foundation. This year, the funds raised will go to the Specialized Services for Children and Youth (SSCY) capital campaign to support the creation of the new SSCY building. For more information on the SSCY campaign, click here.

For more information on ChickenFest, contact Nicole LaTourelle, Capital Campaign Director for SSCY, click here.




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Watch us on CTV Morning Live!

Kris Laudien, co-anchor for CTV Morning Live came by our office last week to film a "Share the Warmth" feature about the work being done at the Rehabilitation Centre for Children. The featured aired this morning.

The 2-minute video features 17-year-old Andrew Fenwick, a client of the Rehab Centre, whose appendix burst when he was 10 years old, and left him only able to move his eyes. It also features one of the Rehab Centre's physiotherapists - Jane Daniels - who speaks about Andrew's progress over the years.

I won't give away the ending - you have to see the whole story for yourself.

Watch it here on the CTV Morning Live website. Scroll down the featured videos listed today, and click on Share the Warmth feature. And leave a comment about what you thought of it.






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WestJet raffle winner announced!

The winner of the Ride For Rehab/Barrett Jackson Bash WestJet raffle is ....

Ticket #0148. Congratulations to Paul!

Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets and supported the Foundation. We sold all the tickets and raised $5000 for CRF!

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New CRF Fundraiser - The Knife Club!

A new fundraiser for CRF is taking place. Here's your chance to be part of it!

The Knife Club at Hermano's.

Purchase one of 50 handmade "Gaucho" style knives made in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay for your exclusive use while dining at Hermanos. At the same time, you'll be helping CRF!

For a $250 donation, you will receive a knife that will be permanently designated as your own at Hermanos Restaurant. A plaque will be placed to recognize Knife Club members and will be permanently on display at Hermanos.

As a knife club member you will have your authentic handmade gaucho knife provided to you for use when dining at Hermanos.

100% tax receipt issued - 100% of the proceeds donated to the Children's Rehabilitation Foundation.

Space is limited to the first 40 customers. Sign up today by calling Erin Kangas at 477-4587 or

A wine and appetizer reception will be held for Knife Club members on April 26th from 5pm - 9pm, where members will be presented with their knives. Family, friends and guests can attend for $25.00 each.

Special thanks to Hermano's Restaurant for creating this great event!




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Vote for us! Help CRF win $5,000!

The Children's Rehabilitation Foundation was very fortunate to be a recipient of a $10,000 grant through the Dufresne $1 Million Charity Challenge. Now we have the chance to win up to an additional $5,000 - with your help!

This week, Dufresne launched the Dufresne $1 Million Charity Challenge BONUS - an interactive social media contest. Here’s how it works:

“Like” the Dufresne Furniture & Appliances’ Facebook page at For each like, Dufresne will donate $1 (up to $5,000) to charity.

Then, on their Facebook page, vote for Children's Rehabilitation Foundation as your charity. The charity with the most votes wins the extra grant money!

Please ask your friends, neighbours, family and coworkers to vote for us. With your help, we can win this challenge. And with the extra grant money, we can help even more children living with disabilities and special needs.

You only have 'till April 1 to vote! So please, vote for us now! That link again is




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Online Auction Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2nd Online Auction. As the auction neared closing time yesterday at 3:30 pm, the online bidding became rapid and very active. It was so much fun to watch. We hope everyone got the item they were hoping to secure!

The results are in, and we're thrilled to report that we made $7355! A definite success!

Winners have been notified by email, and can start picking up their prizes today.

Again, thanks to all the bidders, and to everyone who helped promote the event.

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