Ten Oaks Project and Ottawa’s Most Fabulous Bowl-A-Thon

Our friend Alex Hosselet likes to keep it real, and help out when he can. He’s recently gotten involved with a great charity and would like to tell you about it.

Ottawa is home to a lot of phenomenal organizations and groups striving to make a difference in our community and abroad. A good friend of mine, Little Jo Berry, recently introduced me to the Ten Oaks Project: a charitable and volunteer-driven organization that engages and connects children and youth from LGBTQ communities through play.


The organization has two flagship summer programs: Camp Ten Oaks and Project Acorn. Camp Ten Oaks is a summer camp for children and youth aged 8-17 from LGBTQ communities, families and allies. Project Acorn is a youth-led leadership retreat for LGBTQ youth and their allies aged 16-24. The retreat brings together youth participants, youth leaders, adult leaders, guest speakers and facilitators for a four-day mixture of workshops, speakers and typical camp activities. Ten Oaks has a unique and valuable offering to the Ottawa community, and works closely with a lot of other organizations to accomplish its objectives.

Ten Oaks’ main fundraising event is an annual Bowl-A-Thon, now in its eighth year. On Saturday, March 31, more than 200 bowlers and supporters will take over the McArthur Bowling Centre for the Ten Oaks Project Bowl-A-Thon, which aims to raise over $45,000 to continue funding the flagship programs.

There are several ways that you can get involved and help make a difference

  1. You can put a team together and fundraise. Ten Oaks is completely inclusive, so don’t feel like you have to be LGTBQ to get involved! There are only a few lanes left for teams, so email bowl@tenoaksproject.org if you’d like to secure one of the last lanes.
  2. You can make a donation – any size helps – by visiting the Ten Oaks donation site. You can even donate to your favourite bowler!
  3. You can volunteer some of your time. A few hours with some extra helping hands can make this event amazing. Get involved by emailing hannah.mcgechie@tenoaksproject.org or calling 613-614-1537.

You can ask anyone that’s participated in a Ten Oaks program – this organization makes a huge difference in the lives of everyone it touches.

For more information and to keep up-to-date, you can visit the Ten Oaks website, the Bowl-A-Thon Facebook group, or the Ten Oaks Twitter feed (@TenOaksProject).