ALBERTA

Alberta Flooding Fundraising Gets Innovative (PHOTOS, TWEETS)

06/27/2013 06:53 EDT
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A woman walks her dog through rising waters and stranded cars in the evacuated downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada, June 21, 2013. Flooding forced the evacuation of some 100,000 people in the western city of Calgary and nearby towns in the heart of the Canadian oil patch. AFP PHOTO / DAVE BUSTON (Photo credit should read DAVE BUSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Touched by the massive devastation that ravaged a far away land they know only vaguely, some of the neediest children in the world have sent all they could spare to help Alberta flood relief efforts, the Calgary Herald reports.

Cambodian orphans, some of whom visited Calgary years ago, rallied together to send $900 to the Alberta relief efforts through the Paul Brandt Build It Forward Foundation, the Herald reported.

Paul Brandt took to Twitter to express his gratitude, thanking kids and staff at the centre.

And on the other side of the scale, Calgary businessman W. Brett Wilson did his philanthropic part to help relief efforts by hosting a garden party and donating one dollar every time someone tweeted with the hash tag #OMGP, matching up to $50,000.

The event was organized to raise awareness for Adolescent Mental Health and raised almost a quarter-million dollars for the cause and $20,000 for Alberta flood relief.

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Volunteering Comes To Life In Alberta

Calgary artist Mandy Stobo created a "bad portrait" of Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi wearing a scuba diving mask, that did a lot of good for fundraising. The portrait was transposed on to $20 T-shirts, which have raised more than $30,000 so far.

The Calgary Stampede is also selling T-shirts with the slogan "Hell or High Water," printed on them. The slogan has become a sort of rallying cry for the Stampede - and Calgarians as a whole - with as many as 35,000 of the T-shirts being sold, Metro Calgary reports.

Tim Hortons also created an Alberta Rose doughnut that will be sold for $1 at its Alberta outlets with funds raised going to Red Cross flood relief.

"Our thoughts continue to be with all those affected by the floods in Southern Alberta," said Doug Anthony, Vice President, Western Canada. "As a company deeply rooted in community partnerships, Tim Hortons is committed to continuing our on-the-ground community and national support efforts, to assist those affected by the floods, as well as those working tirelessly on the front line."

Canadian golf pro Graham DeLaet announced on Twitter he would donate $1,000 for a birdie and $2,500 for an eagle, over the weekend. Soon after, ATB Financial and PGA Tour Canada announced they would match the golfer's donations.

Altogether, DeLaet raised $36,000 for the Canadian Red Cross.