The Mustard Seed

  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    VIATEC members are invited to harness their team spirit again this February 25th for the Coldest... see more

    Mustard Seed invites VIATEC Members to participate in Coldest Night of the Year

    Judging from the stellar year-upon-year success of the VIATEC Food Bank Challenge, Victoria’s tech companies set the bar exceedingly high when it comes to philanthropy, team spirit and friendly competition.

    We at The Mustard Seed Street Church are thrilled and honoured to have been blessed yet again by the abundant generosity bestowed on us through the VIATEC Food Bank Challenge. A big THANK YOU to all of you from all of us!

    VIATEC members are invited to harness their team spirit again this February 25th for the Coldest Night of the Year, Canada's National Walk for Homelessness (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edUy-N21RyU). Here in Victoria, the Coldest Night of the Year event will raise money for The Mustard Seed’s programs to support folks who are hungry, homeless and hurting.

    VIATEC member companies are each welcomed to register a team, and join us in raising awareness and support for the transformative programs offered by The Mustard Seed Street Church that help break the cycle of poverty. Participants may choose from 2k, 5k or 10k walking routes. Walkers are welcome to register their own teams, or to join our hip team, The Mustard Seed Podsters! Game on!!

    For more information, visit https://canada.cnoy.org/home.

    To register for the walk, go to https://canada.cnoy.org/register.

    Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you there!

    Contact:
    Lisa Warden
    Events & Sponsorship Coordinator
    lisa@mustardseed.ca
    250-953- 1591

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    A prank that got radio air time Friday morning may have inadvertently helped the Food Bank Challenge see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Andrew Duffy

    December 5, 2015: Victoria, BC - A prank that got radio air time Friday morning may have inadvertently helped the local high-tech sector’s annual food bank challenge.

    An impostor claiming to be Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council chief executive Dan Gunn called into Gregor Craigie’s On the Island show on CBC and, after talking about the challenge, went on a foul-mouthed rant.

    “It definitely wasn’t me,” said the real Dan Gunn. He said publicity that surrounded the stunt — Gunn received a slew of emails, texts and tweets after people heard the show — resulted in a number of tech companies coming up with more donations for the Mustard Seed Food Bank.

    Gunn said as long as it helps feed the less fortunate he’s all for it. “I tweeted out earlier that if we raised $250,000 I would read a transcript of what the impostor said at the next VIATEC awards,” said Gunn with a laugh.

    Using the hashtag #therealdangunn, Gunn pointed out that since the prank aired, Rasool Rayani and Heart Pharmacies pledged $3,000 and 100 pounds of food, Latitude Geographics stepped up with a $2,000 donation and start-up AOT Technologies pulled together $500.

    It wasn’t clear if Gunn would have to go through with his pledge to get a tattoo of the VIATEC insignia if the challenge raised in excess of $100,000 for the Mustard Seed food bank. Late Friday, the total came in at $60,000.