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Wa­ter Well-ness

A McMaster Univer­sity med­i­cal stu­dent is the co-founder of a Cana­dian non-profit with a goal of mak­ing sure ev­ery per­son on the planet has ac­cess to clean wa­ter and ad­e­quate san­i­ta­tion.

Roopa Sup­piah of the Wa­ter Well­ness Project (WWP) said the or­ga­ni­za­tion re­cently launched a na­tional pro­gram called H20 In­vest­ments, of­fer­ing Cana­di­ans a new way to take part in phi­lan­thropy and help those in need.

Peo­ple can in­vest $100 or more in in­ter­na­tional mi­cro­fi­nance wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion projects to help bring clean wa­ter and toi­lets to those who don’t have them, ac­cord­ing to a WWP news re­lease.

WWP trans­fers all of the money to its mi­cro­fi­nance field part­ners in In­dia, and the funds are then dis­bursed as loans to fam­i­lies in need so they can in­stall wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

The loans are paid back over time to the field part­ner, the re­lease says.

At the end of the in­vest­ment term, peo­ple re­ceive their money back plus in­ter­est ac­crued.

Cur­rently, their ac­tiv­i­ties are fo­cused in In­dia.

Mo­bile bike shop

A North Amer­i­can fleet of mo­bile bike shops now has a big red re­pair van in Hamil­ton.

Lo­cal res­i­dents Sean and Al­li­son Green part­nered with Velofix to start of­fer­ing mo­bile bike main­te­nance and re­pair in March.

The van can ser­vice all types of bikes — from road to triathlon to moun­tain, to e-bikes and kids’ bikes, for in­di­vid­ual own­ers or fleets — from Hamil­ton to Brant­ford, ac­cord­ing to Velofix.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit­ca­tions/hamil­ton/.

Land in Hamil­ton

The City of Hamil­ton’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment team is hold­ing a three­day pro­gram to help in­tro­duce busi­nesses to the lo­cal land­scape.

The ses­sion — from June 7 to 9 — is open to com­pa­nies, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions as well as trade and non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions.

It’s ex­pected to be heavy with net­work­ing and help for busi­nesses to de­velop a “sales pipe­line” to their first North Amer­i­can cus­tomers.

Regis­tra­tion closes June 1. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit in­vestin­hamil­

Cars 4 Cures

A Hamil­ton-based com­pany is help­ing char­i­ties by col­lect­ing un­wanted ve­hi­cles.

Cars 4 Cures, an eco-friendly or­ga­ni­za­tion serv­ing On­tario and Win­nipeg, was started by two Hamil­to­ni­ans.

The idea is, when some­one has a car, boat, RV, mo­tor­cy­cle or trailer they no longer want, they can do­nate it to one of Cars 4 Cures’ Cana­dian part­ner char­i­ties, in­clud­ing lo­cal op­er­a­tions like 541 Eatery and Ex­change, Food4Kids and Ki­wa­nis Boys and Girls Club.

The com­pany picks up the ve­hi­cle for free within 24 to 48 hours and re­cy­cles it, ei­ther by sell­ing its parts, the whole ve­hi­cle or send­ing it to the scrap yard.

The value of the ve­hi­cle is then do­nated to the donor’s se­lected char­ity, and the donor re­ceives a tax re­ceipt.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit

Feed­ing 1 bil­lion

A Hamil­ton-based startup has joined with a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion to help put food on 1 bil­lion plates around the world by Novem­ber 2020.

Xo­cial, which uses gam­ing science and “com­pet­i­tive kind­ness” to in­spire so­cial change, part­nered with Feed a Bil­lion (FAB) to help them re­ward peo­ple shar­ing news and al­low them to con­trib­ute in ways be­yond do­nat­ing money us­ing a Face­book cam­paign.

FAB launched in May 2016 and had pro­vided 1.3 mil­lion meals to those in need by Jan­uary 2017.

Cof­fee pass­port

Call­ing all cof­fee fiends. Bring your Hamil­ton 2017 cof­fee pass­port — sell­ing for $10 on WagJag or at Ward IV Cof­fee Bar at 1441 Main St. E. — to 12 lo­cal re­tail­ers and get your hands on one medium cof­fee at each spot.

“The idea be­hind the Hamil­ton Cof­fee Pass­port is to show­case Hamil­ton’s hid­den gems,” said Arthur Sun­day, a dig­i­tal me­dia con­sul­tant at Metroland Me­dia (the com­pany that pub­lishes The Hamil­ton Spec­ta­tor) who headed up the project. “A lot of peo­ple are hung up on the ma­jor play­ers … so we wanted this pass­port to fo­cus specif­i­cally on the lo­cal cof­fee shops in Hamil­ton.”

Par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­nesses in­clude Du­rand Cof­fee on Charl­ton Av­enue West, 541 Eatery and Ex­change on Bar­ton Street East and Café Oranje on King Street East.

Four dol­lars from each sale goes to­ward the McMaster Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion.

Sean Green is the owner and op­er­a­tor of Velofix Hamil­ton/ Brant­ford, a mo­bile bi­cy­cle re­pair shop that will come to you for bike re­pairs.

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