2017 Reality Campaign with Eric the Intern and Operation Come Home


Feb 23





Ottawa Rock Station 106.1 CHEZ and Eric the Intern are proud to support Operation Come Home’s Poor Chef’s Competition Februray 23, 2017 at City Hall!





4:00 January 26th, 2017 – 4:00 January 27th, 2017

This is the original Reality Campaign event where participants spend 24 Hours outside of the Royal Oak on Bank and Gloucester. The goal is to raise awareness of the realities of living on the streets in Ottawa in the winter. Temperatures can dip as low as -40 at which point, when youth sleep, they are exposed not only to safety risks, but health risks as well. The event is broadcast for the full 24 hours on 106.1 CHEZ.



January 28th, 2017 (Team Shopping Day)
January 29th, 2017 – February 4th, 2017 (Challenge Time Frame)
February 5th, 2017 (Celebratory “Big Game” party at Craft Beer Market)

For a week, participants will live off of $24 worth of groceries and nothing more. This is the equivalent of what would be left in a youth’s budget if they were living off of Ontario Works after they had paid all of their other expenses (rent, bus passes, etc.). This event demonstrates the struggle that youth go through to pay their bills in the first place and how there is very little left, if anything, to be able to buy food for themselves for an entire month. All participants will meet up on Saturday to do their grocery shopping for the week together. Follow Eric all week on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to see pictures of very, very boring food! Finally, there will be a celebratory completion party that everyone is welcome to attend. Eric and OCH will be hosting a “Big Game Party” at the Craft Beer Market on Bank Street at the TD Place plaza. This event will also launch our Big Bottle Drive.

February 5th, 2017 – February 11th, 2017

Craft breweries and other businesses from across Ottawa will be sharing on social media, through word of mouth and any other methods of communication that they will be competing in a friendly bottle drive with other craft breweries across the city. For one week only, they will be asking their fans and customers to donate all of their empty wine, liquor and beer bottles to the BottleWorks social enterprise. BottleWorks employed 12 youth in 2015 so that they could receive on-the-job training and social support. The social enterprise teaches youth how to find stability in the workplace and how to use coping skills when facing problems in their personal lives so that they can better succeed in their next job. Eric will spend the week on the truck, working with the BottleWorks social enterprise.



February 12th, 2017 – February 18th, 2017

Social media is a powerful tool that gives voice to people across the globe. The We’re Listening Campaign will use social media to give at risk-youth a bigger voice in Ottawa. Key community members have volunteered to be silent for a day or a portion of the day, allowing a youth to speak on their behalf. Both the youth and community members will be actively engaging on twitter throughout the day, providing highlights of what they’re doing and stats relevant to the issues they’re discussing. Additionally, we’re inviting everyone interacting with the youth, OCH supporters, and in the Ottawa community at large to participate in an #unselfie campaign sharing statistics and relevant hashtags in their selfies to draw attention to what the youth are saying – to show them #werelistening.



February 23rd, 2017

Five top chefs from the City of Ottawa are asked to compete in this event that all are welcome to attend. Chefs are asked to prepare a dish using only $3 and three items listed on our “common items” of Food Bank donated food. This event, hosted by Eric and Steph the Grilling Gourmet at City Hall, highlights the difficulty of preparing a nutritious, tasty meal with such a limited budget. Homeless youth in Ottawa often do not have the skills or knowledge of a chef, so preparing a meal with such limited resources is virtually impossible. Instead, they turn to fast food or not eating at all. Celebrity judges, including Carter & Sandra from our sister station 1053KISS, decide who is the final winner. With each ticket purchased, attendees will be gifted with a cookbook that includes last year’s recipes, this year’s recipes as well as recipes from other chefs who were asked to brainstorm low budget funds.

If you like, you can make a donation HERE.



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