Community Initiatives

Community Initiatives

As a local small business, giving back to our community is as important to us as serving our customers. To show our appreciation for London and its community, we commit ourselves to sponsoring and volunteering at charity events and fundraisers throughout the year. Our team works closely with organizations benefiting causes like children’s health, veteran care, and more.

Jeff Dunlop IDS Scholarship

Jeff Dunlop

In celebration of the memory of Jeff Dunlop, IDS has partnered with the London Junior Knights to unveil the Jeff Dunlop Leadership Award. Jeff Dunlop was a valued member of the London Junior Knights organization and the London community.

The Jeff Dunlop Leadership Award is not meant to commemorate the best hockey player in goals or points scored, but rather a team player who brings hard work and positivity to every practice. This annual award will go to a young hockey player in Major Peewee or Minor Bantam who displays distinguishable qualities like work ethic, leadership, and dedication.

Trooper Mark Wilson

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The Trooper Mark Wilson Ride is an annual event honoring the life of Mark Wilson and the other servicemen and women of our country. All proceeds from this event go toward helping active troops and veterans throughout the Canadian military.

IDS is a proud financial sponsor of the Trooper Mark Wilson Ride, and each year we look forward to volunteering at the event itself. Our team sells tickets, sponsors raffle prizes, and anything else we can do to help this great cause. In 2018, the Trooper Mark Wilson Ride raised $40,000 for The Veterans Care Program at St. Joseph’s Parkwood Institute. Next year, we hope to raise even more.

You can support our veterans by buying a ticket to win a new 2019 Harley Davidson Street Glide. Tickets are only $20 – contact Tony to purchase one for yourself!

Transplant Trot

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The Transplant Trot is a Canadian Transplant Association signature event held in April, throughout various communities across the country. The London 5k run/3k walk is named in Leslie Petter’s memory. Leslie, a bone marrow transplant recipient, was instrumental in organizing the first Transplant Trot in London in 2011, and is remembered as an amazing friend, teacher, mentor and accomplished athlete.

At IDS, many of us have been personally touched by the altruistic gift of organ donation, and there are currently over 4,500 patients waiting for an organ transplant in Canada alone. We’ve supported the Transplant Trot promoting awareness, since day one by donating prizes and volunteering our time at the event.

Everyone is invited to join transplant recipients, donor and donor families, friends, families and supporters, to celebrate the success of organ and tissue donation in one of London’s largest awareness events. Watch for the 2019 event details coming soon.

To register your wishes to become an organ donor visit www.beadonor.ca

Children’s Health Classic

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The Children’s Health Classic is an annual golf tournament benefiting the Children’s Health Foundation. Proceeds from this event go toward Children’s Hospital, Thames Valley Children’s Centre, and Children’s Health Research Institute to help fund research, develop treatments, and ultimately save lives.

IDS is a donor and sponsor for the Children’s Health Classic. Together with the other donors, volunteers, and participants, we helped raise over $500,000 for this cause in 2018.

Country Classics Auction

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Every year, the London Health Sciences Foundation selects a local cause to honour at the Country Classics Auction. This event features a live and silent auction, games, sit-down dinner, cash donations, and rounds out with a surprise musical performance. The proceeds raised from the Country Classics Auction go toward raising awareness for and supporting the chosen cause.

In past years, the Country Classics Auction has raised over $200,000 and we hope that figure will continue to rise at future events. We’re proud to show our support for the London Health Sciences Foundation and their worthy causes each year, so you can always find the IDS team at this annual fundraiser wearing our best cowboy hats and flannel.

For more information about this fundraising event, click here: https://lhsf.ca/events-lotteries/cca