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12 May, 2010

40back for The Royal

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Ottawa|Yaktivism

Tomorrow evening I’ll be attending the launch of a special campaign to raise money for Women’s Mental Health initiatives at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.

I know that many of you are already big fans of Boomerang Kids and Rikochet Resale. Here’s something interesting you might want to consider. Next time you’re dropping off a bag o’stuff for consignment, ask about the “40back for The Royal” campaign.

The campaign will raise funds through the creation of charity consignment accounts at the five Ottawa-based Rikochet Resale and Boomerang Kids stores.

Here’s how it works. Clients who consign their clothing, accessories and children’s gear have the opportunity to donate the 40% commission on the sale of these items to the 40back campaign. (And receive tax receipts to boot.) Kind of a neat way to give, isn’t it? And the more you donate, the bigger the benefit to Women’s Mental Health here in Ottawa. Yay!

I’m really looking forward to the campaign launch tomorrow night. And I just got word that there are a handful of tickets left so it’s not too late to participate. It’s taking place in the Glebe-area home of Kellie Major (I actually went to school with Kellie) and her husband Warren Newberry. The evening will include a tour of their beautiful home (which was totally rebuilt after a big fire), presentations by speakers on women’s mental health, and food and wine by Tulips and Maple.

You can get the details about the event and buy tickets (or make a donation!) here.

3 Responses to "40back for The Royal"

1 | ModernMom

May 12th, 2010 at 3:21 pm


What a great idea! Hope they raise a ton of money!

2 | Home 2.0 >> a peek inside the fishbowl

May 19th, 2010 at 8:46 am


[…] Last week I had the opportunity to attend a fundraising event for a new initiative called 40Back for The Royal. You can read more about that here. […]

3 | Erica at KitchissippiKids

May 24th, 2010 at 2:19 pm


Hmmm…Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Boomerang fan and both sell and donate things to charity through them all the time. But they also stand to benefit from this campaign by increasing their consignee count and I’d feel so much better about this if they were contributing a portion of their profits from these sales to the ROH as well

Otherwise, frankly, I can donate my own consignment earnings directly to the Royal Ottawa and also get a tax receipt.

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