2018 Beneficiaries

Swirl and Twirl is pleased to announce our 2018 selected beneficiaries. Congratulations to them and thank you to the other six charities who applied.

We encourage all charities and groups that support the LGBT community in Ottawa to apply for 2019.

To date, Swirl and Twirl has given over $102,000 to local LGBT run and/or supporting charities.

  • Capital Rainbow Refuge

    Capital Rainbow Refuge is committed to providing safe haven to sexual minority refugees fleeing dangerous situations. We also want to provide a compassionate and welcoming environment where they can build a better life, free of persecution. We are privileged to be in Canada, not only because of this country’s commitment to humanitarian action, but because of the freedoms we are able to enjoy on a day to day basis. We believe through our actions that we will demonstrate the humanity, and the value of the lives of people who are LGBT.

    This year, CRR is partnering with Northern Lights Refuge and Rainbow New Beginnings.

    Northern Lights Refuge is a small group of men and women  inspired by current events who have come together to try to make the world a better place one person at a time. Our goal is to sponsor refugees who have been displaced from their home country.


    Rainbow New Beginnings  is dedicated to rescuing LGBT refugees from the Middle East, or elsewhere, who are facing discrimination, persecution, torture or even death. Our objective is to bring refugees to the safety of Canada using the government’s private sponsorship program and through the generous donation of financial and social support by our network of friends and contacts.

  • Lambda Foundation

    The Lambda Foundation is a Canadian registered charity. Its mission is to create graduate and undergraduate university scholarships in research pertaining to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) peoples in all their diversity and to reward LGBTI/straight alliance and human rights leaders in our high schools. Lambda aims to:

    • create lasting and worthy legacies for today’s and future generations of scholars researching LGBTI issues
    • advance education in human rights, especially LGBTI rights
    • support and draw attention to merit among LGBTI people as fine role models
    • build bridges of understanding among LGBTI people and other equality-seeking groups in Canada

    Lambda Foundation is governed by a national Board of Directors who oversee the scholarships and strive to strengthen our existing scholarship endowments and create new awards in partnership with our donors and educational institutions across the country

  • Team/Équipe Ottawa - Paris 2018 Gay Games

    The Team Ottawa 2018 Gay Games Delegation seeks to provide financial support to athletes for them to participate in the 2018 Gay Games in Paris. In particular, it hopes to encourage LGBT individuals to get involved in sports where they may otherwise not feel accepted.

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