30-30-30

Cost should not be a barrier to participation. Hockey matters.

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Update: Thank you for your support. 30-30-30 is over and by all measures I’d call it a success. More than $1,100 raised means more opportunities for kids to experience the joy of participation in team sports. Click here for a list of donors.

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On April 16, I am turning 30. That’s 30 days from the launch of this page.

Looking back at my life, I’ve been incredibly lucky. I grew up in a stable home with a great and loving family. I got a good education, met and married awonderful womanand now we’re raising a beautiful daughter together.

So to mark this milestone birthday, I want to do something meaningful. But I need your help.

In the next 30 days, I want 30 people to donate $30 to a good cause. Once I add my $30, that’s $930. A modest sum but enough to make a difference.

It’s that simple

  • 30 days
  • 30 people
  • 30 dollars

What is the cause of choice?

I spent four of the last five years coaching kids’ hockey in theOttawa Centre Minor Hockey Association. I’m a huge believer in the power of sport as a force for good in the lives of kids. I know that sounds really cliche but it’s true.

I watched kids grow and mature before my eyes. They learned valuable life lessons about teamwork and leadership and they had a boatload of fun doing it.

OCMHA encompasses a big area in the centre of Ottawa, including Centretown, the Glebe and Old Ottawa South. Hockey’s an expensive sport and that area includes a lot of families that just don’t have enough money to register their kids, let alone pay for gear.

  • 30 days
  • 30 people
  • 30 dollars

That’s enough to buy a few sets of used equipment. Is it going to change the world? No, but I can tell you from experience that it’ll probably change a kid’s life, or at least give him/her some fantastic memories and valuable lessons that last a lifetime.

Ok, I am ready to donate

OCMHA isn’t a registered charity so there’s no tax break for this. There’s no real mechanism in place for such a donation so I’m asking that donations be made through my PayPal account. There are donation links at the top and bottom of this page. If you’re worried that’s a tad sketchy, I hope the letter below from Eric Lay, OCMHA’s president, sets your mind at ease.

OCMHA Letter

  • http://www.thehockeycardshow.com Justin Kendrick

    Joe, great idea and very good cause, best of luck!

    Justin
    @hockeycardshow

  • http://twitter.com/hockeycardshow/statuses/10618490051 hockeycardshow (Justin Kendrick THCS)

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    You may know @joeboughner. He is trying to raise money for the Ottawa Centre Minor Hockey Association, can you help? [link to post]

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  • http://twitter.com/joeboughner/statuses/10617786835 joeboughner (Joe Boughner)

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    My birthday’s in 30 days. Got a few minutes? Here’s the best gift you can give me. [link to post] #303030

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  • http://twitter.com/nickcharney/statuses/10617825232 nickcharney (Nicholas Charney)

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    RT @joeboughner: My birthday’s in 30 days. Got a few minutes? Here’s the best gift you can give me. [link to post] #303030

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  • http://twitter.com/jamiecalder/statuses/10618242804 jamiecalder (Jamie Calder)

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    Done. Happy Early B-Day, Joe. RT @joeboughner: My birthday’s in 30 days. Here’s the best gift you can give me. [link to post] #303030

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  • http://twitter.com/map_maker/statuses/10618798087 map_maker (Teresa Baldwin)

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    And done RT @joeboughner: My birthday’s in 30 days. Here’s the best gift you can give me. [link to post] #303030

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  • http://twitter.com/joeboughner/statuses/10621190509 joeboughner (Joe Boughner)

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    Super big thanks to @jamiecalder, @map_maker, @napfish and @TomHofstatter for getting #303030 off to a good start: [link to post]

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  • http://twitter.com/TomHofstatter/statuses/10619632691 TomHofstatter (Tom Hofstätter)

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    Cool. RT @joeboughner: My birthday’s in 30 days. Got a few minutes? Here’s the best gift you can give me. [link to post] #303030

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  • http://twitter.com/TomHofstatter/statuses/10621398056 TomHofstatter (Tom Hofstätter)

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    Hey look! Turns out not all Social Media ‘Pros’ are duches (all the time):
    [link to post] #303030

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  • http://twitter.com/joeboughner/statuses/10628643467 joeboughner (Joe Boughner)

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    By the way, if you’re a late riser, you may not have heard about today’s launch of #303030. It’s a charity-ish thing. [link to post]

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  • http://twitter.com/saucy_15/statuses/10630967774 saucy_15 (Kate)

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    RT @SuzeMuse: My friend @joeboughner is turning 30. He needs your help to raise $930 for minor hockey. Give him a hand? [link to post]

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  • http://twitter.com/SuzeMuse/statuses/10630618469 SuzeMuse (Susan Murphy)

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    My friend @joeboughner is turning 30. He needs your help to raise $930 for minor hockey. Give him a hand? [link to post]

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  • http://twitter.com/joeboughner/statuses/10671875183 joeboughner (Joe Boughner)

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    On another note, wanna help a few disadvantaged #Ottawa kids play #hockey next season? Here’s an easy way: [link to post] #303030

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  • http://twitter.com/GrantABoland/statuses/11054591585 GrantABoland (Grant Boland)

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    Done. Happy Birthday. @joeboughner: #303030 Want to help disadvantaged kids? [link to post]

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  • http://twitter.com/joeboughner/statuses/10791361609 joeboughner (Joe Boughner)

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    Since this installment of the #Sens is letting us down, why not help the next generation learn the game? [link to post] #303030

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  • http://twitter.com/joeboughner/statuses/10870600055 joeboughner (Joe Boughner)

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    Need some positive mojo for a Monday morning? Help some disadvantaged #Ottawa kids play #hockey next winter: [link to post] #303030

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  • http://twitter.com/amy_boughner/statuses/10870645169 amy_boughner (Amy Boughner)

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    RT @joeboughner: Need some positive mojo for a Monday? Help some disadvantaged kids play #hockey next winter: [link to post] #303030

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  • http://twitter.com/joeboughner/statuses/10898655447 joeboughner (Joe Boughner)

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    At the risk of co-opting #Sens hashtag on game night, any fans want to help disadvantaged kids play next year? [link to post] #303030

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  • http://twitter.com/joeboughner/statuses/10927651581 joeboughner (Joe Boughner)

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    Minor hockey is expensive. Help some disadvantaged #Ottawa kids play next year: [link to post] #303030

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  • http://twitter.com/cmason1967/statuses/10928329236 cmason1967 (Carol Mason)

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    RT @joeboughner: Minor hockey is expensive. Help some disadvantaged #Ottawa kids play next year: [link to post] #303030

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  • http://twitter.com/joeboughner/statuses/11049410142 joeboughner (Joe Boughner)

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    1st day surge helped but I’m below one-per-day average I need to meet #303030 target. Want to help disadvantaged kids? [link to post]

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  • http://twitter.com/CaseStudyJam/statuses/11085208918 CaseStudyJam (Case Study Jam)

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    Huge thanks to the attendees who tossed money in the hat. Here’s more info on this month’s cause: [link to post] #303030 #CSJam

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  • http://twitter.com/TomHofstatter/statuses/11694660732 TomHofstatter (Tom Hofstätter)

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    Joe likes hockey. Joe coaches kid’s hockey. Help Joe help more kids get to play hockey. [link to post]. @joeboughner #303030.

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  • http://twitter.com/amy_boughner/statuses/11694429300 amy_boughner (Amy Boughner)

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    RT @joeboughner: Just a few days left to get in on some sweet charity action. Help some #Ottawa kids. [link to post] #303030

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  • http://twitter.com/nickcharney/statuses/11695526506 nickcharney (Nicholas Charney)

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    My friend @joeboughner is trying to do some good; if you can, you should help him. [link to post] #303030

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  • http://twitter.com/joeboughner/statuses/11694264156 joeboughner (Joe Boughner)

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    Just a few days left to get in on some sweet charity action. Help some #Ottawa kids. You know you want to. [link to post] #303030

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  • http://twitter.com/joeboughner/statuses/11481411785 joeboughner (Joe Boughner)

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    Only two weeks left in the #303030 charity campaign. Help low-income kids play #hockey in #Ottawa: [link to post]

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  • http://twitter.com/hairofcharney/statuses/11696245630 hairofcharney (Nick Charney’s Hair)

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    RT @nickcharney: My friend @joeboughner is trying to do some good; if you can, you should help him. [link to post] #303030

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  • http://twitter.com/JMDougall/statuses/11426028268 JMDougall (Joel MacDougall)

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    @joeboughner @DP_57 @NHL @Panger40 @Real_ESPNLeBrun @carriemilbank @TSN_Wally @tsnjamesduthie @TSNBobMcKenzie [link to post] #303030

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  • http://twitter.com/hockeycardshow/statuses/11426064816 hockeycardshow (Justin Kendrick THCS)

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    Want to support youth hockey in #ottawa? So does @joeboughner – Check this out! [link to post]

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  • http://twitter.com/vonnyb/statuses/11695433934 vonnyb (Melanie Béchard)

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    RT @joeboughner: Just a few days left to get in on some sweet charity action. Help some #Ottawa kids. [link to post] #303030

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  • http://twitter.com/cwulff/statuses/11697279648 cwulff (Christopher Wulff)

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    Gladly done! RT @nickcharney: My friend @joeboughner is trying to do some good; if u can, u should help him. [link to post] #303030

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  • http://twitter.com/joeboughner/statuses/11697379543 joeboughner (Joe Boughner)

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    Thanks to contributions from @cwulff and one other person (waiting on OK to name him) I’m at the halfway mark #303030 [link to post]

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  • http://twitter.com/map_maker/statuses/12220454270 map_maker (Teresa Baldwin)

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    RT @joeboughner: #303030 ends tomorrow. Help me mark a milestone and make a difference in an #Ottawa child’s life: [link to post]

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  • http://twitter.com/sensmile/statuses/12109892531 sensmile (Sens Mile)

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    Help support the next generation of #OttawaSenators: [link to post]

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  • http://twitter.com/joeboughner/statuses/12183948030 joeboughner (Joe Boughner)

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    Hey #Sens fans, while you’re getting pumped for tonight’s game, got a few minutes to help kids play hockey? [link to post] #303030

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  • http://twitter.com/joeboughner/statuses/12220352803 joeboughner (Joe Boughner)

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    #303030 ends tomorrow. Help me mark a milestone and make a difference in an #Ottawa child’s life: [link to post]

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  • http://twitter.com/THEFANBLOGGER/statuses/12109913505 THEFANBLOGGER (RANDY WORKMAN)

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    RT @sensmile: Help support the next generation of #OttawaSenators: [link to post]

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  • http://twitter.com/joeboughner/statuses/12110136139 joeboughner (Joe Boughner)

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    RT @sensmile: Help support the next generation of #OttawaSenators: [link to post] (Thanks for the #303030 plug, guys!)

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  • http://twitter.com/joeboughner/statuses/12157519163 joeboughner (Joe Boughner)

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    Also, I’m two days away from my deadline. Show the good will of the #Ottawa social media community, will you? [link to post] #303030

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  • http://twitter.com/joeboughner/statuses/12157625082 joeboughner (Joe Boughner)

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    Oh and fair warning to all my followers, I’m going to get more and more vocal about #303030 until I hit my target. [link to post]

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  • http://twitter.com/Chris_Neil/statuses/12162329933 Chris_Neil (Chris Neil)

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    RT @joeboughner: I’m going to get more and more vocal about #303030 until I hit my target. [link to post]

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