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High rise help for people with disabilities

IF you've always wanted to see someone channel their inner Batman and rappel down the side of a high rise building -- all to help adults and children with disabilities -- you'll have your chance on Aug. 18. The Easter Seals Drop Zone will see several people who have raised at least $1,500 apiece for the fundraiser drop 17 storeys outside the RBC building at 220 Portage Ave. Registration has already closed for being in the event, but you can still donate to someone who is participating by going to or call 975-3089.

Run or walk for breast cancer help

AS many as 1,000 people will run or walk on Aug. 21 to help Manitobans being treated or recovering from breast cancer pay their bills. The third annual Rocky Mountain Soap Company Women's Run and Walk, in support of Helping Hands for Manitobans with Breast Cancer, starts at the Assiniboine Park's duck pond shelter at 9 a.m. You can sign up for either the five- or 10-kilometre course. Registration is $60. There will be no registration on race day. For more information go to or or call 885-3246. Helping Hands gives financial assistance for items not covered by Manitoba Health, including prescriptions, wigs and lymphedema garments.

Eat with a Blue Bomber

YOU can rub shoulders -- and knives and forks -- with a current or former Winnipeg Blue Bomber and help Variety, the Children's Charity, help children. The Hearts of Blue and Gold Bomber Dinners are being held on Aug. 22 at the Earls Restaurant in St. Vital Centre and Oct. 25 at the Earls Restaurant on Main Street. The dinners, which sell out quickly, cost $75 with a partial tax receipt given (a table is $525) and feature a past or present Bomber at each table, a live and silent auction, a 50/50 draw and door prizes. The dinner starts at 7 p.m., with a meet and greet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. To reserve a spot, call Charlotte at 982-1050.

Mid-life support

IF you are a woman 45 years of age and over, you can join a support group looking at mid-life transitions with the Fort Garry Women's Resource Centre. The weekly sessions, which run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons from Aug. 2 to Aug. 30, will explore body image and self-esteem issues, what causes stress in lives and how to take care of yourself. The sessions at 1150-A Waverley St. are free, but the FGWRC will accept donations or non-perishable food items. Preregistration is required and can be made by phoning 477-1123.

Basketball star honoured

AN international basketball star is being honoured here next month at a fundraising gala. The St. Boniface Hospital Foundation is presenting its 2011 International Award on Sept. 12 to Steve Nash of the NBA's Phoenix Suns and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player. Nash, who is helping children living with illness or in poverty through the Steve Nash Foundation, wil be honoured at the hospital foundation's International Award Dinner. Past recipients of the award include Mother Teresa, Rosalynn Carter and Sir Edmund Hillary. The dinner costs $300 and it is being held at the MTS Centre. For more information call 237-2067 or go to

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 30, 2011 A27

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