Karen Climbs for Kids

Right now in Calgary, there are over 50,000 children going hungry in our city.

It seems like an insurmountable mountain of a problem.

But not to Karen Knowlton, partner at Stawowski McGill, local outdoor enthusiast and avid hiker.

Mountains are meant to be climbed. And that’s just what Karen’s going to do to help feed hungry kids in Calgary.

On July 23rd, 2021, Karen will stand atop the summit of Mount Athabasca (3,491m) in Jasper National Park. Her challenging climb will raise awareness and money to help I Can for Kids - a small but mighty organization - tackle that mountain of childhood hunger every day. It’s a cause that is near and dear to Karen’s heart and purpose.

She isn’t tackling this challenge alone. Your donations will drive her to the summit while local Canmore guiding company, Ridgeline Guiding, will have her back all the way.

Reaching the summit and her fundraising goal of $25,000 is something that feeds Karen’s community spirit and will help I Can for Kids feed more hungry kids. Nutritious food helps kids grow, cope with stress, do better in school, engage more with peers, and give them a better chance - a fighting chance - of growing into healthy adults.

You can support Karen's journey by joining her on a training hike or simply by making a donation - every dollar raised is a step closer to the summit, a step closer to her fundraising goal.

CHAS TAKES THE FIRST BIG STEP

Thank you to CHAS (Children’s Hospital Aid Society) for launching Karen's climb with a generous $5,000 donation! Added to our running total and we're off to a great start! You can learn more about CHAS here https://chascalgary.ca/.

TRAINING HIKES

In exchange for a donation, you can join Karen as she trains for her big adventure!  Or better yet, reward your favorite employee to a day out, or maybe it’s a payback challenge to a friendly rival!  To learn more, please contact Chris Day at chris.day@stawowskimcgill.ca.

MEET KAREN KNOWLTON!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFzyfIPsi0g

ABOUT I CAN FOR KIDS

Since 2015, I Can for Kids has been supporting thousands of hungry children in Calgary every year. We work closely with over 25 local social service agency partners with direct connections to children in need to distribute nutritious food packs, fresh fruits and vegetables, and grocery gift cards. Our grocery gift card program is a more dignified and inclusive approach to dealing with hunger, allowing families to shop where everyone else shops and choose foods that are appropriate to their personal and cultural needs. In 2020, we fed over 28,000 kids in 136 communities across the city.

Learn more about who we are and how we're impacting the lives of hungry children in Calgary, visit www.icanforkids.ca.

99 supporters view all

$22,420 raised of $25,000 goal

2 months, 3 weeks to go
Fundraiser Ends July 30, 2021
Date Donor Name Charity Name Amount
May 4, 2021, 12:46 p.m. Yvette Jeffery I Can for Kids Foundation $250.00
Good Luck !!
May 3, 2021, 5:40 p.m. AWIN Insurance I Can for Kids Foundation $250.00
Proud to know you Karen, great job!
May 3, 2021, 4:30 p.m. Al-Karim Khimji I Can for Kids Foundation $25.00
Good luck!
May 3, 2021, 2:28 p.m. Bob Robinson I Can for Kids Foundation $250.00
Amazing Karen! Truly amazing!
May 3, 2021, 2:24 p.m. Westcor I Can for Kids Foundation $250.00
Go Karen Go!!
May 2, 2021, 9:41 p.m. Adam Nagy I Can for Kids Foundation $150.00
Nice work!!!
April 30, 2021, 7:56 a.m. Woolrich group I Can for Kids Foundation $150.00
You go girl!
April 29, 2021, 3:06 p.m. Fairfield Watson Inc I Can for Kids Foundation $200.00
All the best! Mary Coulter
April 29, 2021, 12:43 p.m. Anonymous I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
April 28, 2021, 6:37 p.m. Tony Little I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
Great undertaking for a great cause! Thanks.
April 28, 2021, 1:10 p.m. Max Blitt QC I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
Great effort Karen. Max Blitt QC
April 28, 2021, 12:56 a.m. Annisha Chakravorty I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
Awesome way to give back and to share a hobby you love so much! Have a great climb KK!
April 27, 2021, 6:26 p.m. Forward Level Inc. I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
Have fun!
April 27, 2021, 4:23 p.m. Dennis Sedor I Can for Kids Foundation $50.00
Keep pushing!
April 27, 2021, 12:52 p.m. Anonymous I Can for Kids Foundation $2,500.00
Good Luck Girl!
April 27, 2021, 12:48 p.m. Three60 Wealth & Estate Solutions Inc. I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
April 27, 2021, 12:42 p.m. Liying Chen I Can for Kids Foundation $200.00
So proud of you, Karen! Kids are our future. Let's support them!
April 27, 2021, 12:33 p.m. Don Zack I Can for Kids Foundation $50.00
April 27, 2021, 11:57 a.m. Sheema Cote I Can for Kids Foundation $25.00
Amazing job Karen, so proud of you!! Can't wait to see pictures too
April 27, 2021, 11:51 a.m. William Fowlis I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
Thanks Karen for your dedication to this worthy cause. All the best for a successful climb!
April 27, 2021, 11:50 a.m. Demon Oilfield Services I Can for Kids Foundation $500.00
great work for a great cause Karen!!
April 27, 2021, 11:47 a.m. Tina Dawson I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
April 27, 2021, 11:44 a.m. Garth Evans I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
All the best on the climb Karen, great cause. Garth Evans
April 27, 2021, 11:41 a.m. Chris Korpach I Can for Kids Foundation $25.00
Hi Karen, This is such a wonderful cause and there's no better person to lead this initiative- Good luck and all the best! Chris Korpach
April 27, 2021, 11:39 a.m. Kelly Nicolson I Can for Kids Foundation $50.00
April 27, 2021, 11:39 a.m. Tawnya Morrison I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
Wonderful to see Karen turn her passion for hiking into such an incredible cause. Amazing!
April 26, 2021, 5:28 p.m. Linda Vogt I Can for Kids Foundation $300.00
Wonderful to meet you yesterday, Karen! So happy that CHAS is part of your journey in support of I Can For Kids! Best wishes!!
April 24, 2021, 1:31 p.m. Anonymous I Can for Kids Foundation $40.00
You're amazing Karen! What an amazing organization! Thank you for doing this for all these kiddos.
April 23, 2021, 12:26 p.m. Ryan Murphy Construction Inc. I Can for Kids Foundation $250.00
Way to go Karen!!
April 22, 2021, 10:38 a.m. Brian D McGill Professional Corporation I Can for Kids Foundation $250.00
Great work Karen. These children are healthier and more able to learn and contribute to society as they grow because of what you are doing.
April 22, 2021, 10:37 a.m. Anonymous I Can for Kids Foundation $75.00
April 21, 2021, 2:15 p.m. Shelley Adams I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
Wishing you all the best on your climb!
April 20, 2021, 2:19 p.m. Helen Knowlton I Can for Kids Foundation $500.00
Like Stan said Momma Bear can provide more dinners to climb that mountain ?? We are Proud of you KK ??
April 20, 2021, 2:07 p.m. Michael Robinson I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
April 19, 2021, 2:52 p.m. Conterra Land & Equipment Ltd. I Can for Kids Foundation $2,500.00
Great cause Karen, congrats on raising awareness to it.
April 19, 2021, 2:44 p.m. Contour Earthmoving Ltd. I Can for Kids Foundation $2,500.00
You go girl.................................. good luck on your climb.
April 19, 2021, 11:09 a.m. Josh Ronald I Can for Kids Foundation $150.00
Way to go Karen - what a great way to turn something you love into raising money for a well deserving charity and impacting our community!
April 18, 2021, 10:39 p.m. Anita Fryters I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
An impressive challenge for a great cause. Wishing you all the best and enjoy!
April 16, 2021, 2:49 p.m. Payman Ahmed I Can for Kids Foundation $60.00
April 16, 2021, 1:19 p.m. Ben Eckstrand I Can for Kids Foundation $50.00
Enjoy!
April 16, 2021, 11:12 a.m. Grace Rengifo I Can for Kids Foundation $60.00
Go Karen!!!
April 16, 2021, 10:31 a.m. Richard Ouellette I Can for Kids Foundation $200.00
From your friends at Karma & Cents!
April 15, 2021, 8:52 p.m. Alan Tadman I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
Karen, wishing you the very best on your climb to help the "Kids". Best of Luck Al & Sandy Tadman
April 15, 2021, 2:21 p.m. Jaclyn Reid I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
You're such an inspiration Karen! Hope you have an amazing climb.
April 15, 2021, 11:40 a.m. Stan Stawowski I Can for Kids Foundation $1,000.00
You are going to need more of Momma bears dinners to get up the mountain!!! Wonderful cause!!
April 14, 2021, 7:33 p.m. Babu Kaila I Can for Kids Foundation $50.00
Good luck! Babu
April 14, 2021, 1:15 p.m. Stoughton Fire Protection Ltd. I Can for Kids Foundation $1,000.00
GO KAREN!!!
April 14, 2021, 1:09 p.m. Sarah Purdy I Can for Kids Foundation $250.00
So proud of your endeavor Karen!
April 14, 2021, 12:50 p.m. James Shore I Can for Kids Foundation $50.00
April 14, 2021, 11:30 a.m. Primary Engineering and Construction Corp I Can for Kids Foundation $500.00
April 14, 2021, 6:05 a.m. Adam Rush I Can for Kids Foundation $200.00
When Jesus is your co pilot anything is possible
April 13, 2021, 10:54 p.m. S Lee I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
April 13, 2021, 10:10 p.m. Corissa Doenz I Can for Kids Foundation $50.00
Happy to support this amazing cause!
April 13, 2021, 9:13 p.m. Mitch Han I Can for Kids Foundation $30.00
Great Job Karen!
April 13, 2021, 5:14 p.m. Toni Desrosiers I Can for Kids Foundation $50.00
What a wonderful reason to climb a mountain.
April 13, 2021, 1:17 p.m. Stacey Cross I Can for Kids Foundation $50.00
You go Girl!!!!
April 13, 2021, 12:42 p.m. Andrea Collis I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
Congrats and have fun Karen!
April 13, 2021, 12:10 p.m. Megan Sutherland I Can for Kids Foundation $150.00
Good luck and have fun!
April 13, 2021, 11:04 a.m. Anonymous I Can for Kids Foundation $50.00
April 13, 2021, 10:37 a.m. Wendy Boisvenue I Can for Kids Foundation $75.00
You are such an inspiration Karen, so very proud to know you and work with you!
April 13, 2021, 9:40 a.m. Drew Single I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
One step at a time Karen...awesome initiative.
April 12, 2021, 9:24 p.m. Penny Leckie I Can for Kids Foundation $250.00
Thanks for your leadership and initiative towards this incredible project. I am happy to support you and Ican for Kids
April 12, 2021, 9:08 p.m. Bobbi Turko I Can for Kids Foundation $200.00
So excited to be part of your journey!
April 12, 2021, 8:05 p.m. Kari Anne Gaume I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
April 12, 2021, 6:28 p.m. Canada West Land I Can for Kids Foundation $500.00
April 12, 2021, 6:08 p.m. Anneliese Fris Architect Inc. I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
April 12, 2021, 6:06 p.m. Deb's Keeping Books Inc. I Can for Kids Foundation $250.00
April 12, 2021, 5:31 p.m. Rick Breen I Can for Kids Foundation $250.00
Good luck
April 12, 2021, 5:13 p.m. David Tadman I Can for Kids Foundation $250.00
So awesome Karen!!!
April 12, 2021, 4:32 p.m. Big Country Drilling I Can for Kids Foundation $250.00
Way to go Karen! Good cause :)
April 12, 2021, 2:43 p.m. Ritesh Pais I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
Well done Karen ... glad to support a great cause and an incredible person!
April 12, 2021, 2:40 p.m. Mary McPhee I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
I am so proud of what you are trying to do for hungry children. I am in to support your climb. I know you can do it. Mary McPhee, Chas
April 12, 2021, 1:40 p.m. D Hong I Can for Kids Foundation $25.00
Good Luck Karen! D
April 12, 2021, 1:23 p.m. Jen Kirnbauer I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
Karen, you are inspirational! Thanks for your support!
April 12, 2021, 12:36 p.m. Susie McIntyre I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
I love the cause you've picked! I know you'll do amazing on fundraising, as well as the hike, Good luck!
April 12, 2021, 12:16 p.m. Margie Ridgway I Can for Kids Foundation $50.00
I wish I was in a position to donate more. What a wonderful thing you are doing! Proud to know you. Stay safe!
April 12, 2021, 12:04 p.m. Carolyn Moore-Robin I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
April 12, 2021, 12:03 p.m. Doug Ramsey I Can for Kids Foundation $150.00
April 12, 2021, 11:44 a.m. John Geissler I Can for Kids Foundation $50.00
Great cause. Best of luck with your training.
April 12, 2021, 11:31 a.m. Danilo Terra I Can for Kids Foundation $30.00
Right on, Karen!! Have a great climb! Cheers, Danilo
April 12, 2021, 11:28 a.m. Kimberley Clarke I Can for Kids Foundation $25.00
A great cause!
April 12, 2021, 11:21 a.m. Gordon Howell I Can for Kids Foundation $200.00
Looking forward to seeing the picture at the top Karen
April 12, 2021, 11:19 a.m. Paramount Structures Inc I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
Fantastic cause! Cheering you on Karen! Jay Burroughs
April 12, 2021, 11:11 a.m. Skyline Concrete Services Ltd. I Can for Kids Foundation $250.00
Karen, it's hard to believe this is a problem in Calgary. Really great work raising awareness and fighting for this cause!
April 12, 2021, 11:07 a.m. Grant Daunheimer I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
We have no doubt you will make the climb Karen and good on your for supporting such a great cause.
April 12, 2021, 11:06 a.m. Lynx Thermoset Coatings I Can for Kids Foundation $50.00
No greater cause than the support of our children. Enjoy the view. Lynx Thermoset Coatings
April 12, 2021, 10:59 a.m. Joan Valente I Can for Kids Foundation $50.00
April 12, 2021, 10:54 a.m. James Madden I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
Best of luck Karen!
April 12, 2021, 10:53 a.m. Robert Savoy I Can for Kids Foundation $250.00
Good for you Karen to raise funds and bring awareness for a good cause. Please share photos. Cheers, Rob
April 12, 2021, 10:52 a.m. Anonymous I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
Well done! send pictures
April 12, 2021, 10:51 a.m. Anonymous I Can for Kids Foundation $150.00
Way to go, Karen!
April 12, 2021, 10:49 a.m. Jessica Dirom I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
Thanks Karen for supporting I Can Fo Kids and helping to ensure that no child goes hungry.
April 12, 2021, 10:48 a.m. Anonymous I Can for Kids Foundation $50.00
Cheering you on! Great cause!
April 12, 2021, 10:47 a.m. Devin Wagner I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
Great work Karen and a great organization.
April 12, 2021, 10:46 a.m. Fred Parsons I Can for Kids Foundation $50.00
Thanks for doing this Karen
April 12, 2021, 10:44 a.m. Kevin Falenda I Can for Kids Foundation $250.00
Nice cause & good luck!
April 12, 2021, 10:39 a.m. Alix Williams I Can for Kids Foundation $100.00
Amazing work Karen!!
April 9, 2021, 11:42 a.m. Anonymous I Can for Kids Foundation $25.00
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April 8, 2021, 4:48 p.m. Chris Day I Can for Kids Foundation $250.00
Karen - way to go - Thank you so much for your fantastic community service for I Can for Kids - Chris & Veronica Day