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Special note: if you arrived on my fundraising page after listening to my Lulajże Jezuniu arrangement, welcome! And thanks for any support you can give to OCISO's mental health programs for refugees and immigrants!

Update: On May 23, from 330am to 830am I completed 42km, my slowest marathon ever, but perhaps my best -- as training in a pandemic is no joke.

I’m sure we’ve all felt the impact of COVID-19 -- I know I have. And not just physical health, but mental health too has been a big concern. Now imagine if you were a refugee, or recent immigrant to Canada. Everything is totally new to you in this society -- and then comes the stress, danger and isolation of the pandemic!

OCISO offers much-needed Mental Health Counselling to refugees and immigrants in the Ottawa area. Please support their critical work with some of the most vulnerable members in our community.

Thank you for your support!


For the 5th year running, the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) is launching our “Run for a New Start” fundraiser.

We invite you to join our dedicated team of volunteers who are raising $25,000 for OCISO’s mental health support programs targeting the most vulnerable newcomers, women and youth.

The first 100 runners or walkers who commit to raising $100 will receive our cool “Run for a New Start” Tshirt as a thank you. 

Register to fundraise with us and ensure that refugees and immigrants feel welcomed and supported in our city.

Thank you!

NB: for more information, contact

Pour la cinquième année, l'Organisation communautaire des services aux immigrants d'Ottawa (OCISO) lance son projet de collecte de fonds, « Courir pour les réfugiés ».

Nous vous invitons à rejoindre notre équipe de bénévoles qui visent à recueillir 25 000 $ pour les programmes à l`appui de la santé mentale des femmes et des jeunes.

Les 100 premiers coureurs ou marcheurs qui consacrent à ramasser 100 $ recevront un beau t-shirt, en guise de remerciement.

Inscrivez-vous dès aujourd’hui à fin d’assurer que les réfugiés et immigrants se sentent accueillis dans notre ville.


NB : pour plus d'information, contactez


Recent donors

Donation date Donor name Donation amount
Jul 18 Elizabeth Gluckstal I'm donating my $300 COVID cheque to help David fundraise for OCISO's Mental Health Programs. $300.00
Jun 17 Halimah Shaw Undisclosed amount
Jun 12 Patrick Lonergan $150.00
Jun 11 Mary Lage $50.00
May 26 Elizabeth Gluckstal Congrats on your RUN and fundraising!!!!!!! Undisclosed amount
May 26 Duncan and Pat Shaw Well done, David! $250.00
May 25 Mike Bulthuis Amazing run, David! $50.00
May 25 Anonymous $50.00
May 23 Katherine M Undisclosed amount
May 22 Nikki, She-Yang & Charlotte Go David Go! $25.00