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27 Dec

The Races Come To Whistler This New Year’s Eve

You may think that Ascot and the Melbourne Cup are a long way from the snowy slopes of Whistler, but not this New Years Eve. Revelers from all over the world are welcome to join in on some racy fun at Whistler’s White Spot from 8pm onwards in aid of the Peaks Foundation, December 31. For $35 guests receive fake money to bet on races that will run throughout the evening. Winners can then spend their spoils bidding on auction items such as hotel nights, snowmobile trips, spa vouchers and more. Tickets also include sparkling wine upon entry and at midnight, as well as nibbles, they can be purchased at the White Spot (cash) or online via PayPal at

“This event is two fold,” says organizer Dee Raffo, “We wanted to do something fun and unique for New Years Eve and at the same time raise money for the Peaks Foundation.” Both herself and team mate Hannah Mason are raising money for the 3 Weeks 3 Peaks Challenge in Peru in September 2014. Their combined goal is to raise $10,000, which goes to the women of Peru through a charity called the Peaks Foundation. The Peaks Foundation is a registered non-profit that organizes inspirational trekking expeditions for women who seek adventure, a sense of personal achievement and an opportunity to make a positive difference in the world.

“The reason Dee and I chose the Peaks Foundation is their steadfast commitment to finding the right charities to partner with, and dedication to making sure the money goes into the right places. Both Dee and I have been involved with sports all our lives, and as we live in a mountain community feel that these two charities are very relevant to our lives and deserving of our attention,” says Hannah Mason, Dee’s team mate.

Information on the two receiving charities through the Peaks Foundation:

The Mountain Institute

Many of the seemingly intractable problems of mountain communities and mountain environments can be addressed most successfully by focusing on women and girls — by addressing their current needs and working now to improve their futures. In many of the mountain communities in which the The Mountain Institute (TMI) work, women and girls are especially marginalized, poor and powerless. Thus, in all of the work they do, they work closely with women and girls to train them, empower them, and to enhance their ability to work and earn their own incomes.


GirlSportWorks (GSW) improves the lives of adolescent girls in Cusco, Peru by teaching life skills through a free and voluntary after-school athletics program. The GSW curriculum focuses on physical education as a means for promoting self-esteem, leadership and cooperation in a welcoming, all-female environment. Sports-based classes are complemented by valuable field trips to parks, pools, and Peruvian heritage sites to create an enriching program for their students. GSW Program Managers serve as mentors by developing strong relationships with their students, and also with their families, schools and communities. Their mission is to develop self-confidence, team skills, and body awareness in their students, allowing them to realize their physical and mental capabilities as females and as individuals.

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