I know a lot of people – especially the ones who couldn’t make it – have reached out, swung by our website and social media for an update. After every event, there’s always a bit of an emotional crash, so it usually takes a couple days to decompress and reflect on everything that happens after an event. Soup #18 was no different.
Four amazing projects presented:
- STEM Program (in association with Christie Lake Kids) – who provide STEM-based programs and hands-on experiences geared towards low income children
- Sharing In Student Success – who provide backpacks filled with school supplies to disadvantaged children
- Helping with Bikes – who provides bicycles and cycling safety equipment free of charge to people in need
- Banff-Ledbury Community Cooking Corner – who provides a safe place to grow and learn about cooking and healthy eating in one of Ottawa’s most vulnerable neighbourhoods and desperately need a new oven
When you read those synopses, and listen to the presentations, and hear about all the good they have already done, you gotta ask yourself, “how do I even choose?”
But of course, you have to choose.
It’s been exactly 8 days since Soup #18. To say it was an extraordinary night would be an understatement. We probably say that about every event – and for every event, it is genuinely true. We have done 18 of them now, and each one is always different and special in their own way. Even as organisers, we are often left catching our breath, caught off-guard by some random act of awesome that we never accounted for or even considered.
For starters, we had our first tie. We’ve never had a tie. Having a tie for the winner was so beyond the scope of imagination that we don’t even have an actual procedure for what to do. In the end, after a frenzied huddled, and minor arguments about how to settle on a single winner, we decided the only fair way would be to have a second run-off vote between Helping with Bikes and Banff-Ledbury Community Cooking Corner to decide who’d take the cash.
A huge and well-deserving congratulations to Helping with Bikes for winning it all in the end!
And just when we thought the night was over, two audience members asked for the microphone, and declared that they would help the Banff-Ledbury Community Cooking Corner a brand new stove.
To hear that cheer and ovation erupt from the crowd is something we’ll never forget, and a huge reminder of how much good there is in this community when we all make a choice to participate in our own little way.
And of course, we want to thank our event sponsors – ALT Hotel for the event space, Epicuria for the delicious soup, and True Loaf Bread Company for the bread. For an organisation like ours, we simply could not exist but for the generosity of local companies. If you ever stop by these locations, please let do us a favour and thank them for helping us make things happen.
And especially thank you to our audience – random people from Ottawa and beyond who decided that paying $10 to sit and listen to a bunch of strangers for the better part of 2 hours is time well spent. You have no idea how much we appreciate you coming out, sometimes tolerating the confined spaces, to help us make something good happen.