Two of the nine core values at Bicom Systems are courage and caring. When it was time to determine a charity to donate to this year, there was no denying that Make-A-Wish was the perfect option. In fact, the Make-A-Wish New Brunswick headquarters is upstairs in the same building as our Canadian office!
Make-A-Wish fulfills life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses in every community in Canada and more than 50 countries worldwide. Children’s wishes range from a bedroom makeover to a trip to Disneyworld.
“Wishes have proven physical and emotional benefits that can give children with critical illnesses a higher chance of survival. When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope.” – Make a Wish.
Over the past few months, the Bicom Systems Canada team has been fundraising to raise money for a child’s wish in Saint John, NB. Here is how it turned out!
Spare Change Campaign
Our first initiative was our spare change campaign. We set out a jar in the office kitchen and encouraged our employees to add their spare change to it. Although it was a small action, quarters and dimes really add up.
As the days began to get longer and the temperature warmer, that only meant one thing. Cold cans and bottles were being opened! In New Brunswick, the public can redeem their deposit-bearing beverage containers at registered depots and receive money in return.
The task was simple. On Thursday, July 7th, we asked our employees to bring their containers to the office. Volunteers filled the beds of their pickup trucks and headed to the redemption depot! And just like that, we added $116 to our donation.
By now, we had close to $500 for Make-A-Wish, and our efforts were not going unnoticed. Bicom Systems announced they would match our donations up to $1,000! The team had until the last week of August to reach this goal and started brainstorming ideas for a final push.
Once Upon a Time…and a BOOM! POW!
Our final fundraising event for Make-A-Wish was called ‘Once Upon a Time… and a BOOM! POW!’ On August 19th, we invited tiny Bicomers, friends, and family to a meet-and-greet session. Children had the opportunity to meet their favorite Ardenelle Princess sisters and America’s favorite Captain.
The sessions were $25 and included:
- 15 Minutes with Two Princesses and a Superhero
- 5-6 Professional Photos
- A Swag Bag
And guess what? We raised enough money to meet our goal! With all the fundraising efforts and generous matching contributions from Bicom Systems, our team donated $2,050 to Make-A-Wish!
Thank you to each #Bicomer in the Saint John office. Thank you to the company. And most importantly, thank you to those who attended our event. We are thrilled to know this donation is going towards granting a wish for a child in the Saint John area.