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Dec 6th, 2021
Cody Deaner is “Inspired to Inspire”
A virtual family event to inspire youth and raise money for an important cause
Port Bruce, ON, Dec 6th, 2021 – Cody Deaner announced today that on Thursday, Jan 13th, 2022 at 6:30pm EST, he will be hosting a special virtual event for families of all ages.
Cody Deaner will be running a virtual event where he will inspire families by sharing the story of his journey of becoming a professional wrestler, despite all the hardships he faced along the way. The virtual event is entitled - "Inspired to Inspire."
“I love sharing my story with young people,” Cody says. “I grew up in a small town in the middle of nowhere. But, despite growing up in a small town, I had a big dream. I wanted to be a professional wrestler and wrestle in the same ring as my childhood heroes – guys like Hulk Hogan, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat. And despite all of the obstacles I faced in my journey, I was able to overcome them. And I achieved my dream. I think right now, more than ever, young people need to hear messages of hope and positivity. I feel inspired to inspire young people right now. And if my story can inspire just one young kid who is struggling right now… then that would make me very happy.”
Cody is also a professional motivational speaker, and one of the key themes he tries to instil in youth is the idea of “Focus on the Positive.”
“For many years, I’ve travelled across the country sharing my story in elementary schools and high schools. Since the pandemic, I haven’t been able to travel into schools to do in-person presentations. So, I’ve been travelling ‘virtually’ into schools via live streams to deliver my message,” Cody says. “One thing I’ve had to do over the last number of years is practice what I preach – FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE, rather than the negative. I decided that I want to bring these positive and hopeful messages to young people and families alike in a fun, inspiring, interactive, and affordable way.”
In 2018, Cody Deaner decided he wanted to give back to his community by starting a charity fundraising campaign entitled “Giv’er for Charity.” During these campaigns, Cody partners with young wrestling fans he has met in his life, and together they raise money for different children’s charities across the country. One of those charities is the Lansdowne Children’s Centre. The Lansdowne Children’s Centre's mission is to support children and youth with physical, developmental or communication needs, and their families. Cody has done various fundraisers in the past with the Lansdowne Children’s Centre alongside a very special friend of his – a young girl named Regan.
You can read about the special bond between Cody and his friend Regan (aka “Rags”) here.
“I’ve had the honour and privilege of working with the Lansdowne Children’s Centre in various fundraisers over the years,” says Cody. “I learned about this wonderful place through my friend Rags, who benefitted greatly from their programs for autistic children when she was younger. I got to visit the Centre with Rags to see first-hand the amazing and loving staff at Lansdowne. It’s truly a remarkable place. I’m excited to donate a portion of the proceeds from this Inspired to Inspire event to the awesome team at Lansdowne.”
A portion of all ticket sales for the “Inspire to Inspire” virtual event will go the Lansdowne Children’s Centre and their children’s programs. There will also be a prize raffle and other opportunities for donations.
How to attend this special virtual event:
Visit CodyDeaner.com, to purchase a virtual ticket for the event. Tickets start at just $9.99 for the entire family.
“I wanted to make this event very affordable for families,” Cody says. “My hope is that entire families will gather in front of their computer or television to participate in this live event with me. It will very much be a fun, family-friendly event, that is suitable for young children, older teens, and adults alike. The messages I share are universal and I'm certain that people of all ages will take away something positive from this event.”
When you purchase your ticket, you’ll be asked to give your email. Once you purchase your ticket, you’ll receive an email with confirmation of your purchase. And you’ll be sent the exclusive live link to the stream that will go LIVE on YouTube at 6:30pm EST on Thursday, January 13th, 2022.
What’s happening at the event:
- The event will be approximately 1 hour in length
- Cody will share his exciting and inspiring journey of being a young wrestling fan with a dream of being a professional wrestler, and share how he achieved his goal and eventually became a professional wrestling champion
- There will be a LIVE and interactive Q&A where families can ASK CODY ANYTHING and he’ll answer it live during the event!
- There will be opportunities to WIN EXCLUSIVE PRIZES!
- There will be an opportunity to have a private ZOOM meeting with Cody and your family, as well as get a personal video message from Cody
- There might even be a special guest or two during the event
“I can’t wait to see all the families that attend this special event. And I can’t wait to see how much money we can raise for the Lansdowne Children’s Centre,” Cody says. “Regardless of how many families attend, or how much money we raise, I know that we are going to be bringing awareness to an amazing children’s foundation, and inspiring families during these difficult times. I’m feeling inspired to inspire!”
Cody Deaner is a Canadian professional wrestler who has been wrestling for over 20 years. He currently wrestles for Impact Wrestling, which is seen in 150 million homes in 120 countries worldwide. Cody Deaner is also a professional speaker who dares youth to “Dream BIG” and speaks to young people about perseverance, being a positive influence in your community, and following your dreams. Cody Deaner can be reached for wrestling bookings and speaking engagements at BookCody@CodyDeaner.com. To learn more about Cody Deaner and his career, visit www.CodyDeaner.com
Cody Deaner is currently offering a unique virtual experience to all libraries. It's called the "Read with a Wrestler" program.
Cody shares his love of storytelling, tells his own personal story of his journey of becoming a professional wrestler, does a live Q&A with participants, reads a fun wrestling-related book to the kids, and then shares a wrestling-related craft too!
If you think your local library would like to take part in this special virtual program, have them contact Cody at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cody Deaner is now offering completely customizable and personalized virtual presentations for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.
To learn more about booking a virtual presentation at your school or event, click HERE.
Cody Deaner & "Giv'er for Charity" raising money for multi-sensory room at Community Living Oshawa/Clarington
Cody Deaner is now doing special personal shout-out videos!
For $30 (via PayPal or e-transfer)... you can get a 1-2 minute personal video message from Cody Deaner himself! Whether you want to get it as a gift for a family member or friend... or one for yourself... Cody has turned down these requests in the past... but isn't saying no anymore!
Email email@example.com to book your personal video message!
Cody Deaner had the following to say on his social media:
"I miss my young fans. I miss performing at wrestling events and seeing their young faces getting absorbed in the action. I miss standing on stage at a school in front of hundreds of eager and engaged kids who end up being inspired by my stories. I've decided I want to do something to stay connected to my young fans in some way.
So, for the next few weeks I'm gonna do something fun for my young fans... a colouring contest! A very talented artist, Sue Gray, made this colouring picture for me. So it's simple, colour the page, share it on social media with me tagged in it so I see it, I'll pick a winner, I'll tell everyone why it's awesome, and I'll give you a prize!"
Click here to print off a printable .pdf version of the picture:
The prize will be:
1) A special shout-out from Cody Deaner on his social media
2) A personal video message from Cody Deaner
3) A "Giv'er for Charity" t-shirt... just like the one in the colouring page!
Cody will announce the winner of the contest on August 19th.
Have fun! Get colouring! And just GIV'ER!
Cody Deaner's "Giv'er for Charity" to raise funds for Every Kid Counts program at the Lansdowne Children's Centre
Throughout the months of June to August 2020, Cody Deaner's "Giv'er for Charity" initiative will be raising money for the Every Kid Counts program at the Lansdowne Children's Centre.
Cody Deaner had the following to say about the launch of this years fundraiser on his Facebook page:
"A number of years ago, I met an amazing little girl named Regan. She came to me crying after one of my wrestling matches, but I was able to calm her down and wipe away her tears with a gift of an autographed Cody Deaner hat and some kind words.
I then learned from her mother how important of a moment this was for Regan. She didn't normally talk to strangers in the way she was talking to me. Why? Because Regan is autistic. I then realized the special connection I had with this little girl - and a relationship was formed.
Since that day, I learned about a place that has helped Regan out immensely over the years - The Lansdowne Children's Centre. This centre has a very special program called "Every Kid Counts." The Every Kid Counts program provides children and youth with special needs an equal opportunity to participate in local recreational programs of their choice. Each child/youth is matched with a Support Worker who provides both hands-on and programming support to the child, family and recreation staff. This program is entirely funded by the generous donations of the public.
I know that times are tough right now during the economic shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. Last year, our fundraiser was able to bring in $3795 for the EKC program. This year, our online goal is to try to raise $1000 during these tough financial times. Any amount you can give will be going straight to this awesome program to help these kids in need.
Self-isolation brings about all of its own unique challenges for children with special needs. This program is able to help kids get back out and involved in the community after a long period of being couped up at home and just needing a sense of routine and normalcy.
Below are some links to learn more about the EKC program and some info about our past fundraisers:
EKC program info: http://www.lansdownecentre.ca/every-kid-counts
Cody & Regan share a special moment in a wrestling ring: https://youtu.be/cjdeu2AjL4U
4Brant article on Cody & Regan's fundraiser: http://4brant.com/2018/08/rags-meets-the-redneck-renegade-lansdowne-childrens-centre-gets-the-win/"
Cody Deaner's "Giv'er for Charity" campaign raises funds for the Rumball Camp of the Deaf during pandemic
Although we're living in a pandemic and economic shutdown, that didn't stop the generosity and giving spirit of so many.
During the months of March to May 2020, the "Giv'er for Charity" campaign was able to bring in $1486 for the Rumball Foundation for the Deaf. The original intent of the fundraiser was to raise funds to send kids to the Rumball Camp of the Deaf. However, with camp being shutdown due to the coronavirus, the needs changed. Rumball has many people on the ground helping a variety of people get essential services during these difficult times. The funds from this fundraiser went to bringing essential services to those most in need within the deaf community.
"My original goal was to raise $1000," Cody said. "I knew raising a lot of money during these difficult financial times wasn't going to be easy. But the Giv'er for Charity supporters showed their true colours. And those are colours of generosity and kindness. We were able to surpass our goal and we raised $1486 for the fine folks at Rumball. Thank you everyone for your generosity. I know this money will be put to good use."
To learn more about Cody Deaner and his "Giv'er for Charity" initiative, visit codydeaner.com/charity
For a number of weeks on Impact Wrestling, the world was brought into the world of Cody Deaner at "Casa Del Deaner" while he was stuck in quarantine in his trailer on the side of a rural country road. These vignettes were called "Cody in Kwaranteen" and were produced by Willows & Windmills Productions.
You can view the entire short film of "Cody in Kwaranteen" here: http://www.willowsandwindmills.com/codyinkwaranteen
Now you can bring Cody's trailer with you wherever you go with these new PRO WRESTLING TEES EXCLUSIVE TEES!
They are available exclusively at Cody Deaner's online store. To purchase yours, click HERE.
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