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At Duuo, we’re always looking for opportunities to give back to our local communities. When our friend Justin Duff reached out to us to inquire about event insurance for a volleyball fundraiser he was hosting, we were eager to learn more about his mission.
In early January, Justin and his wife Kelly welcomed a baby girl, Delphine Heather Duff (“Phinn”) into the world. Prior to her birth, doctors informed the couple that their daughter had developed a cyst in her brain, which could potentially cause complications and lead to surgical intervention.
Shortly after her arrival, Phinn was assessed by the doctors and nurses at the Ottawa Hospital then swiftly dispatched to the Children’s Hospital of Ontario (CHEO). We’re happy to report that Phinn has been stable ever since and no emergency measures needed to be taken, however the experience left a lasting impression on Justin.
Inspired by the care provided to him and his family, Justin was set on creating awareness and raising money for this noble organization. As the organizer of a local volleyball skills camp, Justin saw an opportunity to turn one of his courses into a fundraising opportunity.
We first met Justin in November 2019 when he was looking to purchase event insurance to cover his volleyball skills clinics. Justin liked the idea of Duuo’s on-demand service, and provided us with valuable feedback on how he was able to navigate our customer journey. He even recorded an amazing testimonial for us!
As he began planning the event, Justin once again reached out to Duuo to purchase sporting event insurance. We asked more questions about the event itself, and soon discovered what a passion project it was for him to work on. It was eye-opening to learn about the impact this hospital had not only on Justin’s family, but on so many others in the Ottawa area.
At Duuo, our main mission is to provide on-demand insurance products that meet the needs of a new breed of dedicated, passionate Canadians. Justin’s ambition to help this incredible organization inspired us to donate to his fundraising campaign.
In partnership with GOV (Gay Ottawa Volleyball) League, Justin hosted the GOV & DuffSport Skills and Gameplay Volleyball Fundraiser on January 21st. With over $6,000 raised for the hospital, a great turn out, TV coverage, and even a visit from the mayor of Ottawa, the event was a total success.
We are so happy to have been a part of this special event, and we hope to continue working with Justin on more events like this in the future!
Interested in learning more about volleyball from an Olympian while donating to a great cause? Ottawa area residents should check out @justwduff to stay in the know about future skills camps and fundraising events.
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Images provided by Julia Barrie.