Desert race raising money for breast cancer
Rob Mackay, (athletics and recreation) is training for the Gobi March, a grueling seven-day race across China’s Gobi desert. Mackay, who has competed in more than a dozen ultra-marathons across North America and one in the Sahara desert, is captain of the three-member Canadian team that will compete in the 250-km self-supported footrace. “We are taking on this challenge in an effort to raise awareness for breast cancer prevention and research, as each of us has been touched by the disease,” says Mackay. “Even though our team is inexperienced, I think we have a great opportunity to finish first because extreme ultra adventure races are unlike anything else in the sporting world; they are totally unpredictable.” For more information or to donate to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, visit www.teamgobi.com.
Cancer survivor brings groundbreaking theatre to Victoria
Local volunteers are helping a three-time cancer survivor bring her ground-breaking live theatre performance to Victoria. Jonna Tamases, an actor who has been treated for Hodgkin’s disease, large-cell lymphoma and breast cancer, has turned her experience into a funny, uplifting performance that conveys a message of power and joy. Jonna’s Body, Please Hold shows one night only, Sat. March 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Metropolitan United Church, 932 Balmoral Road, Victoria. The UVic Equity and Human Rights Office and the UVic Department of Women’s Studies are among the show’s sponsors. Net proceeds from the performance will be donated to the BC Cancer Foundation. Tickets are $20 and are available at Munro’s Books (1108 Government Street), the BC Cancer Foundation (third floor, BC Cancer Agency, 2410 Lee Avenue) and online at www.bccancerfoundation.com/jonnasbody. For more information, call 250-598-9634 or visit www.jonnasbody.com.
No foolin’ at the Family Centre
How often do you get to enjoy pizza and ice cream for breakfast? Everyone is welcome to the UVic Family Centre’s the fourth annual “No Foolin’ Breakfast,” Fri., March 30, 7:30–9:00 a.m. at the corner of Finnerty Road and Lam Circle. Come and celebrate the wonderful diversity and energy that families and children bring to campus life. There will be music, games, free breakfast, prizes, balloon animals, face painting, henna and more. Info: 472-4062 or web.uvic.ca/family-centre.
The Healing Power of Pie
Once again, the UVic engineering Order of Pi is raising money with its “Cream Pie a Friend for Charity” event. From March 12–16, a donation of at least $10 from an “accuser” will bring a team of musical monks, equipped with the latest in medieval pieing equipment, to a location chosen by the accuser. Should the accused be found guilty of the charge, he or she will receive a cream pie in the face. To be found innocent, the accused must donate $5 more than the previous donation and lay charges against someone they know to be deserving of the justice of Pi. The Order of Pi has been an annual fundraiser of the UVic Engineering Students Society since 1993. All funds raised go to the Queen Alexandra Hospital for Children, with an additional $2 for each pie ordered going to the Mustard Seed Food Bank. For more information or to book a pieing visit www.engr.uvic.ca/~pi or call 721-8822.