Lemonade, Links, Lunges: Summer Fundraisers Across Ottawa Raise Needed Funds

We’re only halfway through Summer ’23 and several local residents and businesses have already come together in fun and creative ways to hold fundraisers to support more Ausome programs for young people with autism.

On June 14th, Aashna Kotecha and Gabriel Vieira of St. Francis Xavier High School held a lemonade and bracelet fundraiser. Aashna organized the fundraiser on social media while Gabriel brought his handmade bracelets to sell at their school. With the support of their friends and teacher Maria Oliviero, the two students raised $300, blowing past their original goal of $200.

Similarly, Hasan Al-Baghdadi,a grade 6 student at Stittsville Public School,held a bake sale at his school and raised over 100$. Way to go, Aashna, Gabriel and Hasan!

On June 17th, area golfers hit the links for the 8th Annual Dynes Sports Management’s Charity Golf Tournament in support of Ausome. Participants didn’t let a little drizzle get in the way—everyone had a blast and enjoyed dinner, prizes, and a silent auction. Three cheers for Dynes Sports Management,presenting sponsor Capital Property Group and all the players and sponsors who came together for this great event! 

But wait, there’s more! On August 20th, Ausome cyclist is gearing up for Vélo for Violet’s Vaulta bike ride to raise autism awareness in the Eastern Ontario region. Participants will cycle a beautiful 70 km ride from Cornwall to Iroquois along the St-Lawrence Seaway. Interested in joining? Visit Violet’s Vaults’ website for more info.

As well, throughout 2023, locally-owned gym Bodies by Phil is running $5 fitness classes every Friday at their downtown location with the proceeds going to Ausome. Owner and lead trainer Phil Green was inspired after learning about our programs and the overwhelming demand in the community for more. He began holding the classes in March and has knocked it out of the park so far! It’s a drop-in, so no membership is required and all are welcome! Sign up and get ready to lunge, squat and shed some calories while supporting Ausome athletes.

Ausome receives no ongoing government funding. We rely on donations from the community to keep our programs running strong and barrier-free, including free of cost to families. Donations made through third-party fundraisers run by people like you play a critical role. Start planning your own today! The sky’s the limit when it comes to ways to fundraise for Ausome: Facebook fundraisers, garage sales, car washes, birthdays, bake sales, dress down days, lemonade stands, fitness challenges—if you can think of it, we can help you make it happen!

Interested in running your own Ausome fundraising event? Click here, or email amalalahmad@ausomeottawa.com.