Old Guys

About Old Guys in Action

Old(It's a relative concept)
Guys(Generic male/female)
          Action(Doing things to make a difference!)

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Who are you guys anyway?

Old Guys in Action is a somewhat elastic group of men and women of all ages who come together through events like the Annual Old Guys in Action Calgary Icebreaker Polar Dip, and local and international running and cycling events to raise awareness and funds for inspirational people and best in class organizations tackling challenging poverty and justice issues here and overseas. Old Guys in Action supports three wonderful organizations: the Servants Anonymous Foundation, CAUSE Canada, and Mully Children’s Family; and has made a difference in issues like global human trafficking, high rates of maternal mortality in Sierra Leone, Honduras and Guatemala, and the problem of orphaned street children in Kenya. Poke around oldguysinaction.com to learn more about Old Guys in Action. There are lots of opportunities to get involved and make a difference (and not all of them involve jumping into frozen ponds or running across African countries).

2. What are you trying to do?

Old Guys in Action provides opportunities to:
Learn about key poverty and development issues facing billions on our small planet…and about inspirational people and organizations tackling these issues.
Engage in tangible service opportunities that make a difference.
Network with others wanting to, or involved in, making a difference.
Support Financially "best in class" organizations that do amazing, sacrificial work tackling these issues...organizations like CAUSE Canada, Mully Children's Family, Inn from the Cold and the Servants Anonymous Foundation.
 
3. Give me some examples of what you do.

CURRENT/RECENT FOCUS INITIATIVES

January 1, 2018Ninth Annual Old Guys in Action Calgary Icebreaker Polar Dip.

An opportunity like this only comes once a year. Info will be posted later this year on this site and at our sister site CalgaryIcebreaker.com. All proceeds to the work of the Servants Anonymous Foundation supporting survivors of human trafficking around the world.

May 2017: Hit the continent running...in Kenya!
Old Guys in Action were proud co-organizers of the first annual Mully Half-Marathon, 10KM, 5KM (May 14, 2017) in Ndalani Kenya in support of Mully Children's Family. 2000 entrants including some of the best runners in the world participated and left us mizungos in their dust. Next year join us in Kenya for the fully sanctioned full marathon! For more information visit sister site mullymarathon.com

PAST INITIATIVES


January 1, 2017Eight Annual Old Guys in Action Calgary Icebreaker Polar Dip.
90 dipsters and $85,000 raised! Thank you to all who got cold and wet and/or supported those that did! All proceeds to Servants Anonymous Foundation. 

October 2015: Old Guys in Action ride across Guatemala for CAUSE Canada's mother and babies health initiative.
A week long ride comprising a total 30,000 ft. climb over 300KM, reaching an elevation of 12,000 ft. Over $45,000 was raised and then matched 6.5 times by the Government of Canada for a total impact of close to $300,000!!! Thank you! This is going to help a lot of moms and babies!


January 1, 2015: Sixth Annual Old Guys in Action Calgary Icebreaker Polar Dip.
Over 70 dipsters and $82,000 generously donated in support of the work of the Servants Anonymous Foundation. The tradition just keeps getting better!



January 1, 2014: Fifth Annual Old Guys in Action Calgary Icebreaker Polar Dip.
What a Dilly of a Dip! Over 60 dipsters and $75,000 generously donated in support of the work of the Servants Anonymous Foundation. Thanks to all Dipsters, Volunteers and Donors...and thanks to the wonderful folks at SAF for their dedicated and loving work with survivors of human trafficking in Canada, Nepal and Hungary!

January 1, 2013: Fourth Annual Old Guys in Action Calgary Polar Bear Plunge
Freezin' for a Reason. Supporting the amazing work of the Servants Anonymous Foundation. Plunge, Pledge, Watch, Encourage! Check out the Polar Bear Plunge tab for details.

May 27, 2012: Old Guys in Action: Team Mully Children's Family at the Calgary Marathon
Sixteen runners, from beginner to elite ran under the Old Guys in Action: Team Mully Children's Family banner in the Calgary Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids' Marathon races. Over $16,000 was raised to support ex-street kids/orphans, ex-prostitutes, their kids and AIDS orphans, all part of Mully Childrens' Family, Kenya.

January 1, 2012: Third Annual Polar Bear Plunge

May 2011: Le Tour de Sierra Leone Cycle Expedition
December 2010: Second Annual Polar Bear Plunge
June 2010: Mully Marathon: Ndlani, Kenya

January 2010: First Annual Polar Bear Plunge

September 2009: Toronto Waterfront Marathon
4. Cool! How can I get involved...and how can I get in contact with you?

There are lots of ways to make a difference, and they don't all involve running or cycling across entire countries, or jumping into freezing water (although we would really like your company).
     5. By the way, are you guys a registered legal organization or charity?

  • Nope. Most of us have day jobs. We encourage your support of targeted, "best of the best" real organizations...charities with legal tax status and audits etc.
  • We do have subsidiaries in waiting:
    • Youth Movement: “Old Guys in Training”
    • Women’s Movement: “Women who don’t really like being called “Old” or “Guys” 
6. Tell us a story...





When Larry Walters was asked. "Why did you do it?" he replied, “Well, you can’t just sit there.”


Larry Walters always wanted to fly but he never had the opportunity to learn. So, he purchased a number of large helium balloons, tied them to an aluminum lawn chair, the kind you have in your back yard, and with everything ready (baloney sandwiches, a six pack of beer, a bb gun) he inflated the balloons and drifted up 15,000 feet over Los Angeles and through the air corridor of the LA airport. You can’t just sit there.


For three cyclists, part of the growing network of Old Guys in Action, the answer in May 2011 was the same, “Well, you can’t just sit there.” 1 in 8 women dying in childbirth in Sierra Leone is simply unacceptable. No women should die giving birth; no little baby should die. So we decided to cycle 500 KM across Sierra Leone in support of CAUSE Canada and their work to build birthing huts and improve maternal health care.


It was the same answer when entered into a long-term partnership with Charles and Esther Mully of Mully Children's Family in Kenya. The Mullys have adopted over 8,000 orphaned street kids over the past 25 years, changing the lives of those kids and making a generational impact on that country. They couldn't  just sit there either.


And what of the hundreds of thousands of young women kidnapped, tricked, brutalized, exploited and forced into the global sex "trade." We can't help them all, but we can make a huge difference to many in supporting the Servants Anonymous Foundation. The stories are heart breaking. But here's something that is heart warming...when some of the SA Foundation program participants in Nepal watched video of our Polar Bear Plunge...they were aghast and inspired that these crazies would jump into a pond of ice water. NO! You women who have survived so much and still have the courage to forge a new life with the help of SAF...you are the inspiring ones!


For our part, we can't just sit there.