INTERNeX Canada: How was your Weekend? Paintball for Charity!

It’s getting cold in Vancouver! So what do I do to check the weather on Sunday? No, not the logical way of going to the weather channel or looking outside, but on Facebook of course!

From the few statuses that popped up, my friends who live near me said it was snowing. I live on somewhat of a hill so sometimes it snows where I am, but not in other areas of Vancouver. Indeed Facebook was right and it was snowing. Mind you, it was only wet snow, but that’s a good start!

Despite the wet and dreary weather, 7 of us made it to North Shore Paintball to battle it out!  This was no ordinary paintball game. We raised $100 to go towards Children’s Hunger Fund to help children who are in need. Thank you to those who came out for this event!

The stage at for paintball seriously looked like a zombie apocalypse had taken over. There were hills, car tires, bushes and tree house-like fortresses for you to hide in. Astrid commented that it was like playing Counter Strike so just imagine that, but in real life!

Other than the INTERNeX crew, there were other groups of teenage boys playing with and against us. Definitely don’t underestimate the little ones because they know what they are doing. We were split into two teams and played a series of 15-minute games such as straight elimination or capture-the-flag where one team is defending their bomb and the other is trying to find it.

To win, you definitely have to get down and dirty. It was raining and everything was covered in mud, but after a while you just don’t care whether your shoes are now soaked.

I’ll admit that this wouldn’t have been my idea of fun on a rainy Sunday, but sometimes you just got to try new things and do things even if you don’t want to. It was like being a kid again and I really, really had a great time!

Looking forward to the next weekend already! Who is excited to come to Seattle

Cheers,

Queenie

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: What to do on the Weekend?

It’s crazy how time flies because its just a few hours until the weekend! I know many of you are flying home for Christmas soon, so come out with us this weekend before you do!

Solidary Paintball

Who’s up for some paintballing this Sunday? Not only will you be getting to run away and shoot your friends in a big field, you will be helping children who are hungry and do not have enough food to eat!

  • Cost? The $20 (that includes your rental and all day field entry) will be all donated to Children’s Hunger Fund which is a really good charity that has helped over 10 million children in delivering food and resources to them. For another $10 you get 100 balls to shoot everyone with! It’s going to be an awesome time, don’t miss out!
  • When? Sunday, December 9th @ 12PM
  • Where? Meeting at W. Georgia St & Granville St to take BUS 240 together @ 11AM

Sign up on our Facebook event HERE!

Christmas Lights in Vancouver

During the Christmas season, many buildings, boats, bridges and even the aquatic animals in the Aquarium in Vancouver are decorated in beautiful holiday lights. It just makes the city looks so much nicer and festive since it gets dark here so early. Grab your camera and go explore!

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge

While the 137-metre long suspension bridge is beautiful all year round, you must see it when it’s covered in twinkly Christmas lights. There’s also a scavenger hunt, gingerbread cookie decorating and sing-along carols.

  • When? Now until January 5, 4pm – 9pm
  • Where? 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
  • Cost? $31.95

For more information, check out the website.

Festival of Lights @ VanDusen Botanical Garden

Vancouver’s award-winning botanical garden is transformed with thousands of strings of coloured lights.

  • When? December 7 – January 1, 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Where? 5251 Oak Street at West 37th Avenue
  • Cost? $14.25

For more information, check out the website.

Luminescence @ Vancouver Aquarium

An incredible aquatic light show featuring the world of fluorescent and bioluminescent ocean light.

  • When? Now until January 22nd
  • Where? 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
  • Cost? $21

For more information, check out the website.

Cheers,

Queenie

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Paintball for Children in Need!

What are you doing on Sunday December 9th? Nothing? Then, let’s go paintballing! If you’ve never tried playing, you must join us in experiencing this exciting game!

Why? There is nothing quite like getting dressed up in military gear and running around in the mud shooting your friends with paintballs. The paintball field we are going to will have a mix of different terrains, fortified hills and bushes to hide from. You’ll have so much fun, I promise!

Paintball is much more than just shooting each other, it requires strategy, endurance and speed. Each game is 15 minutes each and will be based on childhood games like Zombie tag, capture the flag and war! We will be split into two teams with a mix of new and old players so don’t worry if it’s your first time.  An interesting fact: military and security organizations often use paintball to train their forces in instances such as riot response.

More than just paintball, we are donating  your rental fee and entrance fee ($20/person) to Children’s Hunger Fund, a charity that deliver food and resources to hungry children. As you may remember, this was one of the charities that Mario supported when he fought in the 2012 Karate BC Championship earlier this month. He placed second in his category and will have a chance to represent the province of British Columbia at the Canadian nationals next year. Congratulations Mario!

Coming to this event will help more children who really needs our help, especially since its so close to Christmas and its getting really cold.

Helping children in need and running around and shooting each other? What can you lose? 

You don’t want to miss this. Sign up on our Facebook event HERE!

Cheers,

Queenie

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Mario Competing in the 2012 Karate BC Provincial Championship in 3 Days!

You may remember this little post about a month ago, where I wrote about a guy named Mario and his goal to raise money for children in need by fighting in the 2012 Karate BC Provincial Championship. The big day is here in just 3 short days and Mario has been training endlessly! With the event being so close, the excitement is definitely taking over.

Let me give you a little introduction of Karate. It is a type of martial arts that originated from Okinawa, Japan and was brought over to Canada by Japanese immigrants in the 1930s.

After the Second World War, the first karate competition in Canada was initiated by a man named Masami Tsuruoka which laid the foundation for the Canada`s National Karate Association. Though Karate is not an official sport in the Olympics, there are many tournaments that are held worldwide every year where Canada plays a significant part.

If are interested in learning more about the sport of Karate, I would encourage you to attend the tournament and in doing so, support Mario as well!

When? Saturday and Sunday (November 17th and 18th)

Where? BCIT GYM, 3700 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby

Why is Mario doing this? By making a comeback at the age of 50, Mario is supporting two charities with this event: Children’s Hunger Fund and BC Children’s Hospital.

Children’s Hunger Fund has been helping neglected orphans in Romania by sending over s regular shipments of food, medicine and clothing to 43,000 Romanian orphan daily. What is really admirable about this non-profit organization is that they seek to help children before disaster strikes!

BC Children’s Hospital is committed to helping children in our very own Vancouver community who are suffering from diseases such as leukemia and diabetes. They are very active in not just saving lives by curing children, but in preventing illnesses by conducting research into vaccines. With research being a vital part of their work, they were able to heal Adrian, the son of Mario’s friend, when he suffered from leukemia last year.

These charities are dedicated to helping children living right in our city that desperately require help. Join us in supporting them in creating better lives and future for children in need!

Thank you to everyone’s support and I hope that you will keep on supporting Mario and spreading the word about this event!

For more information, check out the website: www.mariofitfightingforkids.com!

Cheers,

Queenie

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday – Mario Fighting for Kids

This year six million children will die from hunger related causes and more than 750 children will require treatment for cancer at BC Children’s Hospital. Sadly, those statistics are probably not the first thing you want to hear on this lovely Casual Friday, but it’s true.

I don’t know where most of you are in life, but for myself, I often take my warm house, clean food and water and my healthy body for granted. More than one billion people in the world cannot afford to do so. The past Thanksgiving holiday has made me think about what I can do about these problems that seem so big and untouchable.

This is why I want to tell you about an amazing person and his ambitious goal that I’m so honoured to be a part of:

Meet Mario Schiopu.

Mario is a former Romanian karate champion and has grown up seeing malnourished children in his home country. Yet, he has also seen the generosity of Children’s Hunger Fund in distributing 1 billion dollars in food and other resources to help 10 million children in 73 countries worldwide. As well, Mario witnessed the difficulties of leukemia on his close friend’s son, Adrian last year. Thankfully, with the chemotherapy treatment Adrian received at BC Children’s Hospital, Adrian is now cancer-free and full of energy!

Seeing the positive effect that these charities have brought, Mario feels the need to do something more. Instead of celebrating with an extravagant party for his 50th birthday, Mario has decided to combine his passions of karate and fitness with helping children in need at the same time.

How is he going to accomplish this? Mario will be making a huge comeback in the karate world by fighting at the 2012 Karate BC Provincial Championship on November 17th and 18th. With his knowledge as a nutrition and fitness consultant, Mario is proving that even at the age of 50 he has what it takes to compete and win at this prestigious tournament. Mario is hoping to raise awareness and funds for the two charities very close to his heart – Children’s Hunger Fund and BC’s Children Hospital.

By fighting with everything he has, Mario is committed to helping children who are suffering with childhood diseases or are in desperate need of food. This may seem like such an ambitious goal, but Mario’s heart is definitely big enough.

If you would like to support Mario or learn more, please visit www.mariofitfightingforkids.com.

Cheers,

Queenie

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com