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Beach Water Polo Fundraiser Comin' at Yuh!

Beach Water Polo Fundraiser Comin' at Yuh!

By Hank Reardon

The Ottawa Titans Water Polo Association is hosting a very cool event at Mooney's Bay on July 27: the Titans Heroes Cup, pitting a Canadian Military team, an Ottawa Police team, an RCMP team, a team of Ottawa lifeguards against each other in a friendly beach water polo contest.  Just imagine these local heroes in the water, competing for bragging rights – all in support of two worthy charities! The objective is to collect at least $5,000 in donations.

Enterprises and individuals will have the choice of donating funds to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)or The Royal Canadian Regiment's "Children of Fallen Soldiers Educational Fund".

How to make a donation?

Donations must be made by cheque in accordance with the instructions below.  They will be collated by the Titans and then presented as one lump donation from the Titans Heroes Cup event to each charity. Note that 100% of donated funds will be given to the selected charities.

For donations to CHEO:

Write a cheque payable to "CHEO Foundation".

For donations to the RCR Educational Fund:

Write a cheque payable to "The RCR Trust Fund" and annotate it with "for the Children of Fallen Soldiers Educational Fund".

If you want a charitable donation tax receipt:

Accompany your cheque(s) with a note specifying the address where the receipt is to be mailed.

Address where to mail your cheque(s):

Titans Water Polo
1568 Merivale Road, Suite 223
Ottawa, ON K2G 5Y7

Deadline for making a donation?

The Titans' volunteer representatives will accept hand-delivered donations on the day of the event. However, it would greatly simplify things if donations could be mailed to Titans Water Polo by July 22.

What do you get from making a donation?

Water polo 2This is the first ever Titans Heroes Cup. "Enterprises and individuals who choose to support this event will be part of a proud group of visionaries who will have planted the seeds for what we expect to be a recurring, growing event that will have a significant positive impact on the lives of children in need," said Titans president Andrea Kennedy.

In addition, the Titans offer a benefits program that scales in scope based on the size of one's total donation.  Once the Titans receive details on the donation, one of the group's volunteers will contact the donor to discuss applicable benefits.

The event is scheduled to take place at Mooney's Bay beach on Saturday, July 27th, from 12:00pm to 7pm (rain day is July 28th, 12:00pm to 7pm).

The water polo teams will be composed of volunteer representatives for the Canadian Military, the Ottawa Police, the RCMP and the Ottawa lifeguards.  Many of these volunteers will have no prior water polo experience, so the emphasis will be on fun.  Participants will compete for bragging rights. A schedule for the water polo games will be posted on the Titans website ( ) the week preceding the event. If you are curious as to what the setup for beach water polo will look like, a video of last year's pilot project is available here:

In addition to the water polo games, a number of family activities will be held on the beach.  Examples of such activities include yoga lessons, volleyball, face painting, fun family-oriented games and free introductory water polo sessions.  Cash donations collected from these activities, if any, will be added to the event donations to the selected charities.

The Ottawa Titans Water Polo Association is a not-for-profit organization that has been in operation in Ottawa for almost 30 years, offering recreational and competitive water polo opportunities to players from 6 to 55+ years old.  The Titans are one of the largest and most successful water polo clubs in Canada.

"We hope that you will share our enthusiasm for this very unique charity event," says Titans Heroes Cup chairperson Nesa Matic. "With your support, not only will be provide badly needed help for children in need, but we will also place Ottawa squarely on the map as a leader in the country for having been the first Canadian city to offer beach water polo."

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