Archive for June, 2012


Something I Wish We Could Bring

   Posted by: Dan    in Events

One of the things we’re most worried about on our Quest is how wet it’s going to be over there. Scotland is well-known to be rainier than Toronto (though comparing charts, linked above, you’ll see that the amount of rain is similar, it’s just that we get fewer days) – and as Andrew noted in an early post, I am not the biggest fan of being rained on.

Beyond that, though, what about our gear? Our food? The paper we’ll be bringing to write letters to the people who bid on our calendar? All this and more needs to be protected, and we’ll be experimenting with a few different methods of doing that this summer (with results being posted, don’t worry!).

In today’s day and age, though, we are able to do better with the help of something as simple as Tupperware. When our friend Brigitte (who runs her own independent consultancy, Brigitte’s Tupperware) offered to do a fundraising campaign for us, how could we say no?

Get the protection for your food (and other things) that we can’t use in October,  get great prices, and help contribute to the Wayfarers all at once by checking out this fundraising catalogue that she will be using for the length of the campaign, starting now! The great part about this catalogue is that it tells you exactly how much of the cost goes to the Wayfarers’ cause.

As usual, the Wayfarers aren’t handling the money in this situation – payment goes directly to Brigitte for this. You can contact her by messaging her on Facebook, emailing her (savoie.brigitte@hotmail.com), or calling or texting her (705-562-0158).

As for payment options, she has a number of them:

There are a few options available to pay for your order. In this age of internet, one can never be too careful about what information to provide so I will give you the choice of preferred method.

1) Cheque:

This is honestly my least favorite method for a few reasons. Most financial institutions hold cheques for 5 to 10 business days now. That means that I would not be placing an order for you until the cheque clears, plus the 2 weeks for delivery. That also means you would be waiting a month for your order. If a cheque comes back NSF, an additional fee of 25$ will be required.

2) Cash:
This is the best option as it involves having to meet face to face, which ensures the validity of my business and your order.

3) Electronic Interac:
I like this option as well, but I must charge an additional 4$ for this service. The reason for this is because I deal with the Caisse Populaire and they charge me 4$ to accept these transactions.

Check it out, and remember – every Tupperware purchase you make through this campaign helps the Wayfarers!

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Bow hunting?

   Posted by: Dan    in Training

She makes this look way better than I could have.

Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games has helped make archery popular again. (Photo courtesy Lionsgate.)

“How are you going to get away with carrying a bow?”

I look at him deadpan, trying to figure out where the joke is in his question. I blink, waiting for the punchline. Nothing.

“What do you mean, a bow?”

“For hunting,” he explains. The remnants of our lunch are collected neatly on a tray, and he points to it with a smirk. “You’re not going to be stopping at Subway when you’re over there, are you?”

Well, no. This is a more common question than I would have expected – with a focus on period-style tents and heavy steel armour, most people are only now realizing that we won’t have insulated coolers or a car to jet out to the nearest pizza shop during our trip. Read the rest of this entry »

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For the last twelve months, the Wayfarers have been meeting regularly to brainstorm ways to fundraise and promote the Quest for the Cure to the greater community en route to our goal of $100,000.

We held events (that raised us more than $1000 in a single night), auctions (hundreds of dollars) and are even selling silicone bracelets – which have seen a lot of sales already. But it wasn’t until this project that we had a single campaign that could raise us over $10,000 by itself.

Kemper has a sword and she knows how to use it

Kemper belongs on the cover of our favourite fantasy novels. This is a preview of the shots we'll see in the calendar.

The art of pin-up calendars helped soldiers get through World Wars and has recently seen a huge resurgence in popularity, with sites like Suicide Girls becoming a household name in alternate modelling. Fantasy art is no stranger to this style – think of any fantasy novel with a woman on the cover, and chances are good she’s in a chainmail bra and has a whole lot of leg waiting for a sword to bite into it…. just like this one.

When I approached some of my favourite models from Suicide Girls about helping us out, they were eager to do so, offering not only their beauty but also their talent, photography skills, costuming and help spreading the word. I can’t thank them enough for giving us this opportunity to raise some serious cash.

We are crowdfunding the project on IndieGoGo, a fantastic site that not only allows Canadians to participate but also encourages charitable organizations to take part. We need $2000 to get the calendars printed – the cost break-down is all there, and I think it’s entirely reasonable. We’ll be ordering a thousand calendars with this money, and could even order more if demand is that high. Just selling out that first batch will make us more than $10,000. Because this is an international campaign, we are donating all of the proceeds to the Association for International Cancer Research, our least-funded charity so far.

Check out our IndieGoGo campaign and buy a calendar today! There are a lot of great “perks” you can get for helping us out, from buying a calendar (with free shipping for the duration of the campaign) to getting signed prints of the pictures within it, to even getting a hand-written letter from the Wayfarers during our trip this October.

Be a part of the adventure and have some beautiful pictures of beautiful women to prove it.

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A New Site

   Posted by: Dan    in News

Longtime readers will notice that we haven’t had many updates lately, but I am glad to say that this is about to change.

In the coming weeks we are finally pulling all of the loose threads of a master plan together and publishing our press package for the Wayfarers’ summer campaign leading up to our walk. Part of that is a refurbished website, and that means new content, exciting announcements, and even a ‘vlog that will be published as often as our poor NPC Brittany is able to piece clips of boring walks together.

Our refurbished website is going to be followed by a social media campaign that will see us more active on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and even YouTube and Tumblr in the near future.

This is our inaugural post using our “Facebook-integrated” website, a first (public) step in the new website. Please check out the features we have now – from Facebook comments to easy sharing with your friends! Help us spread the word and get to our goal!

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