Loops For Troops Thank You Letter

Please Click the link below to view the thank you letter from the organizers of Loops For Troops from this years events


Loops Thank You Letter

Behind the Teamsters Charity Golf Tournament

brianne01Miracles come in different forms all throughout life. But for Patti Zabot, after her daughter Brianne passed away from leukodystrophy on February 23, 2003, it was hard to know what the next miracle would look like. In 2003, Patti had finally been successful in forming a foundation in Brianne’s memory, and was planning her first fundraising event, when she noticed the Teamster’s truck and trailer at an event in Calgary’s North Glenmore Park. Patti approached the race director with a, “how do you get your hands on that?” The director told her to write a letter to the Teamsters explaining her event and its need for the stage and PA system.

IMG_1991That was all it took. For the last eleven years, the Teamsters truck has been an integral part of the LEAP of Hope Foundation’s Fun Run in Memory of Brianne Zabot, and the Teamsters have become “a new family” to Patti.

After four years of organizing a run through the Running Room, Patti was burnt out. Her volunteers were great, but most of the work fell on her shoulders. She knew she needed to take a break, although she was devastated that she wouldn’t be able to carry on raising money for the medical research that she knew so desperately needed support.

Shortly thereafter, Teamster Business Agent Lance Wallace contacted Patti. As she was sharing that she wasn’t going to be able to put on the run that year, he told her why he’d called. “We’re going to start holding a charity golf tournament,” he said, “we want you to be the recipient of the fund.”

leap of hopeNow, in its eighth year, the Teamsters Charity Golf Tournament has consistently raised a huge contribution for the LEAP of Hope Foundation. Patti has been overwhelmed with the support she has received from the Teamsters; she has been able to present the Make A Wish Foundation with cheques for $15,000.00 every year since the tournament’s inception.

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The rest of the money raised (yes, there’s more!) goes to the Children’s Hospital; this year, the LEAP of Hope Foundation is directing the money towards brain health, epilepsy and seizures. Patti loves that the money stays in Canada and that so much of it goes directly to leukodystrophy research and work. Further, she loves that it goes to things that were so important to her family during Brianne’s battle with the disease. The Zabot’s were able to spend a last vacation with Brianne because of the Make A Wish Foundation: a very special memory that would not have been possible without it.

P1000035According to Patti, the Charity Golf Tournament is perfect. She is awed by the organization of the event and they loyalty of the participants. “The same people come every year, from as far as Ontario,” she remarks, “one year there was a snowstorm and another rain, and both years absolutely everybody came back in August for the re-do!” There’s a waiting list to get into the tournament and great sponsors on every hole. The Teamsters are proud to say that they do their best to make it as perfect as they can, in memory of Brianne and in honour of the battle against these terrible diseases.

The LEAP of Hope Foundation, with the help of the Teamster’s Charity Golf Tournament, has been able to fund the purchase of things like a Vibe Flex for children, a machine that uses movement to trigger the brain to reorganize when kids have lost their mobility, and a KidSim, a human-like mannequin (fully equipped with a heartbeat) that allows for nurses and medical staff to train parents on how to do life-threatening CPR. It allows for parents to manage hospital visits by being able to help their children at home. The Foundation has also been able to donate money to the Rotary Flames House, a hospice that serves those during end of life care. The Teamsters were there, alongside Patti, at the opening ceremony.

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“I can’t say enough about the Teamsters Local 362,” says Patti, “they’ve been a blessing.”

For more information on all Teamsters Local 362 Charities & Events or to have our truck be a part of your event, please visit our Charities & Community Events page.

Chestermere Show 'n' Shine

Show n shineThis year, the proceeds of the show will be donated to 3 charities, Heaven Can Wait Rescue (who are in dire need of support after spilling over with animals after the Alberta floods last year), The Alberta Bulldog Rescue, a breed plagued with health issues that become unbearable for some owners, and also The Historical Society who are keen to finish restoring the original Chestermere Fire truck. The main part of the day is the wonderful vehicles people bring, which come in all shapes and sizes, from partly finished hobbies to million $ babies!!

On average, there will be 350 to 400 show vehicles with over 22 trophies to be awarded.

Come on down to the Chestermere Rec Centre and view the cars on over 40 acres of grass, chat in the beer gardens, shop at the vendors, buy 50/50 tickets, check out the Silent Auction or the Dyno guy or enjoy the variety of edibles the concessions offer.

Music will be provided by our very own Stacy Tulp! Show starts at 10am and ends at 4pm.

For more information check out the events Facebook page.

Thank You Letter Local 419

Please click the link below to view the thank you letter from our Brothers and Sisters from Local 419.


Thankyou Letter Local 419

Loops For The Troops

loopsIn the spirit of solidarity, sacrifice and the fight for freedom, the Teamsters strongly support our troops – in the past, present and future. There is no organization that believes more strongly in the fight for our human rights; the Teamsters fight for the rights of the worker while the Armed Forces fight for the rights of the citizen to ensure our day to day freedoms. Fortunately, The Teamsters have the opportunity to demonstrate their support for the forces at the Loops for the Troops event!

This year, the Calgary run fell fittingly on the same day as Father’s Day, June 15th, while the Edmonton event was two weeks earlier, on June 1st. The annual events were founded by Michael Hornburg in honour of his son, Corporal Nathan Hornburg, who was killed in active duty in Afghanistan on September 24, 2007.

Nathan Hornburg

Many Canadians have lost fathers, grandfathers or sons in armed conflict, and the Loops for the Troops is an opportunity for military families to get together to support one another and have the chance to watch (or challenge) the troops and first responders to 5 or 10K run/walk, or a 2K walk, at North Glenmore Park, Calgary or at the CFB Edmonton Lecture Training Facility, Edmonton. The Teamsters Local 362 is always there at both runs – at the start and finish lines – showing their support. Whether participants have a goal to raise money for the military families, conquer a personal best in running a 5 or 10K race, or show their support for our troops, this event is always the one-stop place to do all of the above!

loops-for-troops-700x466This year was no different: in its seventh year, Loops for the Troops in both Edmonton and Calgary were all-round fantastic days, with great weather and big turnouts. The racers all had a great time and the volunteers all had a blast. In Calgary, we had the great honour of having everybody’s favourite mayor, Naheed Nenshi, on the Teamsters stage! We were also grateful to have other municipal politicians and military dignitaries speak from our stage, driven and set up by volunteer Stacy Tulp.

The funds raised from the race go towards maintaining, expanding and developing programs and services that support military families through the Royal Alberta United Services Institute (RAUSI). We can’t think of a better way to raise funds for the people that make up such an important part of Canada!

Loops for the Troops website

Teamsters support the soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country. We look forward to seeing you and your family at the finish line again next year!

For more information on all Teamsters Local 362 Charities & Events or to have our truck be a part of your event, please visit our Charities & Community Events page.

Teamsters 362 In Motion: The 2014 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer

14014_GUP_Infographic_TO-03It’s a terrible reality, but everyone knows someone that has been affected by cancer. The 2014 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer provides us an opportunity to support one another in the battle against it. For the last few years, Teamsters Local Union 362 has been saddling up to contribute to raising funds to research, treat and ultimately, beat cancer.

This year, our team is aiming to raise $14,500.00. We aren’t far off of our goal now, and with your support, we will get there. Made up of Local President Alan Porter, Edmonton Business Agent Ryan Adams and his wife, Member Taffy Adams as well as two Canadian Freightways Members, Rick Bergman and Richard McIntosh, our team: Teamsters 362 In Motion – is an unstoppable force in doing what we can to tackle and triumph in this physical and emotional journey.

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The Ride to Conquer Cancer originated The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer is a two day event along the Canadian Rockies. The mission: a cancer-free future. Money raised goes to patients and families at the Tom Baker Centre in Calgary and the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, as well as fifteen other cancer centres through the province of Alberta. Through funding, the Alberta Cancer Foundation can facilitate leading doctors and scientists to continue their research for new cures and treatments for the disease. This event helps not only with dollars raised, but also as a bonding experience: establishing an unbreakable support network of survivors and the families of those whom we have lost.

photo14336Teamsters Local Union 362 has participated in the ride for the last four years. From donating the use of the Teamsters truck to transport bikes to putting helping hands on the ground to volunteer at the event itself, Local 362 thinks this is one of those events that is too important to not be involved in. Wayne Garner, Local 362’s Vice President, speaks of his decision to help out at the event: “cancer has affected me personally, as I have lost both my Mom and Dad to the disease. It was a no brainer for me to enter.” Although he is not riding in the event anymore, Wayne and his son volunteer every year. This year, the team from Local 362 rides again in solidarity, aiming to beat our goal of dollars raised, so that we can have even more of a positive impact on our community, across the province, country and world.

You can join us! In spirit and donation, you can help us to go the distance in fundraising, generating awareness and, of course, riding! Because this is a journey that no one should – and no one will – go alone.

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