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Canadians believe in giving back, new poll finds

Michael Kirkpatrick has been giving to the Ottawa Mission since he was 20 years old. 

Michael Kirkpatrick has been giving to the Ottawa Mission since he was 20 years old.

“It dawned on me that the mission does good things, and I thought I could do something to help improve homeless folks’ lives,” said Kirkpatrick, now 31.

A Harris-Decima survey released yesterday found that the majority of Canadians believe it is important to personally give back to their communities.

The Ottawa Mission recently launched a mobile giving program, where cellphone users can text a $10 donation to the shelter.

“We think that will reach younger people,” said Ottawa Mission spokeswoman Shirley Roy.

Kirkpatrick said many young people he knows want to support a charity.

Many charity events, like Hope Volleyball, Movember, and events that he’s helped organize, like the Ottawa charity ping pong tournament and a basketball tournament in Lowertown, where he lives, are fun and interactive and targeted towards younger people, he said.

 
 
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