Calgary Photographer Donates Social Media & Photography Services To ConnecTeen

Calgary’s Brett Gilmour Partners With The Calgary Hitmen To Raise Funds For ConnecTeen

It’s been an honour to donate my photography and social media services to help raise money for the Distress Centre Calgary and their teens in crisis service, ConnecTeen. Since 2010, Gilmour Photography has donated over $20,000.00 in cash and social media services to the Distress Centre.

A bigger impact than the cash donation is the partnership between the Calgary Hitmen, Gilmour Photography and ConnecTeen. In 2012, we launched a hybrid live and social media event at the Calgary Hitmen Fan Appreciation Night.

Photography Donation

The live event reaches over 10,000 people at the Saddledome and thousands more via a viral contest on Twitter and Facebook.

The live event is a huge outreach program to inform Calgary teens and parents about ConnecTeen’s services. During the Hitmen hockey game, the Gilmour Photography crew, volunteers from ConnecTeen and various Calgary celebrities, talk with families and teens in the audience and give them ConnecTeen sunglasses. Hundreds of teens and kids attending the game are given the sunglasses so they have a reminder that they can always reach out to ConnecTeen.

Social Media Donation

The social media part of the fundraiser helps spread the word about ConnecTeen with a social media contest. The Gilmour Photography crew photographs people wearing the sunglasses at the event and live shares them to Facebook and Twitter. People sharing and tagging their photos are eligible to win prizes from businesses partners who donate prizes to the contest.

ConnecTeen: Talk On Your Own Terms

For support around family crisis please contact the Community Resource Team. They specialize in working with youth and families and can be reached at 403-299-9699.

For additional resources contact 211.

Don’t forget about yourself. It can be tough when you’re not sure how to help someone, but it’s also important to talk about your own frustrations or feelings. For support for yourself please contact Distress Centre Calgary at 403-266-HELP (4357).

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