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Karma

Grayconians get cooking (and gaming) for karma

by Colin Brandt

December 28, 2016

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Karma is key to our culture at Graycon. We believe in cause and effect, action and reaction, and doing good to encourage further good in the world. At Graycon, we’re proud to support our people as they support causes that matter to them.

Grayconians donate their time, money and resources to charitable groups. On a company level, we work with non-profit clients and offer paid work days for employees to volunteer. And we’ve donated more than $2 million to local charities since 1989.

This year's fall and winter gave Grayconians a chance to give back to their communities through two very different opportunities across Canada.

 

Grayconians grab Extra Life with gaming marathon

At Graycon Group, we work hard and we play hard. Across Canada, a crew of Grayconians showed their prowess at the latter in recent weeks—raising an amazing $2,474 in this year’s Extra Life 24-Hour Gaming Marathon on Nov. 5.

Extra Life, a North America-wide network, harnesses the power of the gaming community to raise money for hospitals that belong to the Children’s Miracle Network.

Graycon’s Calgary team rallied in support of the cause, more than doubling their goal of $1,000 as they bowled, showed off some wicked foosball skills and even laid down a few hands of Uno over the course of 24 hours (some mini-Grayconians joined in the effort, too).

It’s the second year that a team from Graycon took part in the Extra Life fun, which has raised more than $6.6 million to date for the Children’s Miracle Network.

The gaming marathon is a great fit for our Graycon philosophy when it comes to community investment: we’re all about karma. We do good things and good things happen.

And the annual Extra Life marathon? That’s just MLG cool.

“Play games and raise money for charity: what could be more Grayconian than this?” marvelled Team Graycon captain Eric Sikorski.

 

Delectable delights fuel Graycon’s Dress for the Cause fundraiser

Grayconians were truly in the pink during a recent fundraising event held at our Calgary office.

The pink-themed bake sale event on Oct. 28 was held in support of Dress for the Cause, a nationwide fundraiser for breast cancer research in Canada.

A full baker’s dozen of Grayconians rolled up their sleeves and created an amazing variety of tasty treats to sell. And when the last cookie crumbled, the event had brought in more than $700 for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, more than double what last year’s efforts brought in (all those “keep the change” donations really added up!).

This year marked the 19th annual Dress for the Cause, which supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event has raised more than $7 million across Canada since it began. Funds go to projects like:

  • A clinical trial in London, ON, that’s investigating whether a cream can reduce skin damage when breast cancer patients receive radiation; and
  • A study looking into the factors regulating early breast cancer progression.

It’s critically important work. This year, approximately 25,000 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. One in nine Canadian women is expected to develop breast cancer during her lifetime, and 14 women die of the disease every day in this country.