Great books for a great cause

It’s spring, we’re in Ottawa and we’re getting excited about “CN Cycle for CHEO” ride on May 5th. The whole family will be either on the bike or in the trailer for 35k. I am training for it already. And yes, it is a charity ride so we’re looking out for donations. To make this more fun, I put together a “garage sale” of sorts with books and baby items. Would you like to sponsor our family for this ride? Pick a prize (or several if you are feeling generous) from this list:

Canada Reads contenders:

“February” by Lisa Moore
“Something Fierce” by Carmen Aguirre
“Fall On Your Knees” by Ann-Marie MacDonald
“Good to a Fault” by Marina Endicott
“Cocksure” by Mordecai Richler
“Nikolski” by Nicolas Dickner
“The Tiger” by John Vaillant
“Away” by Jane Urkuhart
“The Age of Hope” by David Bergen

General Canadiana:

“Famous Last Words” by Timothy Findley
“The English Patient” by Michael Ondaatje
“In the Skin of a Lion” by Michael Ondaatje
“The Stone Diaries” by Carol Shields
“The Republic of Love” by Carol Shields

Jane Austen related:

“Jane Austen, A Life” by Carol Shields
“Flirting with Pride and Prejudice” by Jennifer Crusier
“Jane Austen and the Enlightenment” by Peter Knox-Shaw
“Jane Austen’s Letters” by Deirdre Le Faye
“The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen” by Syrie James


Most of these books are really good and some are even amazing so don’t be shy, just let me know your picks. I do ask for a minimum $10 donation per book.

If these books are not your thing, I have some well loved (by many children) baby items that might interest you:

Baby bathtub ($20+)
Battery powered swing ($20+)
Wood baby gates ($40+, $60+ if I can find mounting hardware)
Double stroller ($30+)
Ergo carrier ($100+)
Baby bjorn carrier ($50+)
Table top changing mat ($10+)


To donate, check with me if the item is still available, then go to Team Awesome’s page and pick me or any of my four boys. Unless you have a particular allegiance, pick the person with least amount raised since all kids need to raise at least $20 and Chris and I need to raise $40 each to participate in the event.

Yes, you are allowed to donate without getting any of the above listed stuff 😉 You can also give me cash if you don’t have patience with web pages and I’ll do the e-paperwork for you. I hope some of these items will tickle your fancy and we are looking forward to do a fun ride with friends!

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