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Milton resident raises $3,000 through Unbreakable 1000 Challenge

It didn’t take Milton resident Chad Harper long to raise $1,000. He did it in a flash – – two days to be exact. Then in a week he’s tripled his pledges to $3,000 for Team Unbreakable programs.

The father of two teenagers took the Unbreakable 1000 Challenge in June and agreed to run 1000k to raise $1,000 for CameronHelps’ programs. With his objective met so quickly and rising, he’s setting his sights on a bigger goal. “Well, I surpassed the $1,000 goal in two days so I have since increased it to $10,000. Might as well make it a challenge – even if it takes me four years!” Chad says.

That goal shouldn’t be too difficult for the athletic and fit former Milton firefighter. He has a black belt in Judo and Karate and has run marathons, as well as racing in mountain bike and cross country ski events (including a 90 km ski race in Sweden in February). “I’m in the gym three days per week for strength training so I would say I’m well rounded athletically,” he says.

Chad has coached children for many years and sees the importance in helping them improve their self-esteem and confidence. He is a coach for the Karate club, the Fighting Griffin, of Milton.

He is participating this year in the Team Unbreakable Father’s Day run with his son this year and heard about the Unbreakable 1000 through the web. “The cause will support someone close to me. The news of the recent youth suicides in the Woodstock community underscores the importance to doing more to help our young people,” he adds.

He says a lot of his sponsorship support is coming from his work colleagues and business associates. Chad is a Vice President of Confederation Freezers in Brampton.

Register now for 8th Annual Unbreakable Father’s Day 5k

CameronHelps is gearing up for its 8th Annual Unbreakable Father’s Day 5k Run/Walk happening Sunday, June 19, 2016 in Port Credit, Ontario.

The Unbreakable Father’s Day 5k Run/Walk has grown significantly over the past eight years and this year organizers are expecting to sell out with 750 participants from across Ontario, many from the Team Unbreakable youth run programs held at Peel and Halton Region High Schools.

The run starts and finishes at the Port Credit Lighthouse (105 Lakeshore Rd. West) and follows a picturesque route along the Mississauga waterfront trail. Participants are encouraged to register early online at www.unbreakable5k.ca  If there are any spots left for the 750 participant-capacity event, ‘day-of’ registration will start at 7:30 a.m. with the run beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Those who register will receive a shiny huge finisher’s medal, a sweat-wicking event shirt, and pancake breakfast for an early bird price of only $40. The breakfast, sponsored by the Erin Mills Kinsmen, starts at 9:30 a.m. following the run Breakfast tickets for spectators are available for purchase at the door or online for only $10. 

CameronHelps’ website gets a new makeover

The CameronHelps’ website at www.cameronhelps.ca was recently upgraded and modernized to reflect the growth and branding of the charity.

A professional web design firm, Firefly Creative Inc. was engaged to help in the makeover, which adds a number of new features, such as a mobile-friendly version, and easier-scroll down pages, along with rich imagery.

“We wanted a new site that better reflects the organization, in particular how we have expanded our Team Unbreakable school programs and the different level of programs in the community that we offer,” says CameronHelps’ CEO David Harris.

Thanks to our fundraising efforts, generous sponsors and donors and the huge support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, CameronHelps is rapidly expanding into the Toronto area and continues to grow in Halton/Peel as well as other regions of Ontario.

“Firefly was an easy choice as our ‘go-to” design firm to take on this site,” said David Rowney, CameronHelps’ communications manager. They quickly understood our objectives and built a site that is very visually pleasing, easy to navigate and tells the complete Team Unbreakable story.”

The team from Firefly, led by CEO & Creative Director Shivani Sharma, has been around for more than three years. They do inspired marketing, using real-world insights to create authentic brand experiences. They create everything from advertising campaigns to branded assets like websites and social media. Some of their past clients include Baskin Robbins Canada, Harlequin Enterprises, Ribfest Toronto, and Stitchy Lizard.

The team who worked on the site include Phil Hobberlin ,Web Developer; Joe Delostritto, Art Director; and Ashwin Kapadiya, Account Manager. ”Working with a charity such as CameronHelps makes it all worthwhile and we believe this site will set them up for future success as new people view all the new features,” said Shivani. Some of the highlights of the site for Firefly are the full screen images around the site and improved news section to showcase CameronHelps’ activities, and the site’s simplicity that makes all the information more accessible for everyone.