• Boomer’s Legacy Foundation is a 100% Canadian charitable organization created in 2006. The catalyst for its beginning was the death of Cpl Andrew "Boomer" Eykelenboom, who was killed in action, in Spin Boldak, Afhganistan in August, 2006. ...

2010 Boomers Ride - LegislatureBoomer’s Legacy was created to embody and perpetuate the passion Andrew had towards helping people in need whom he encountered while deployed as a Medical Technician in the Canadian Forces.

The goal of Boomer’s Legacy is to empower all deployed Canadian Forces soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen by the raising and provision of charitable funds, thus helping them to help others. In this way, they are able to carry on Andrew’s strongly felt desire to provide much needed humanitarian assistance to people where ever and whenever Canadian Forces members are.

Boomer’s Legacy raises funds for these endeavors primarily via “Boomer Rides“, which are long-distance road cycling trips in which participants gather individual and group sponsorships. Boomer Rides also provide an important opportunity to spread awareness and pay appropriate homage to the sacrifices made by Canadian Forces members for all of us. Boomer Rides are currently held annually in British Columbia (our flagship event), Ottawa and Nova Scotia, with an additional ride added as part of the annual Canada Army Run.

There have also been Boomer “Spin-a-thon” Rides held by deployed troops in various location throughout Canada and even Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan!

Private donations are also encouraged at any time from individuals, groups and other charitable initiatives. Funds from Boomer’s Legacy are made available to Canadian Forces members via the Boomer’s Trust Fund.

BOOMERS LEGACY PROJECTS

Afghanistan (2006 to present)

  • purchase of school supplies and equipment
  • shoes for orphaned children
  • providing medical equipment and supplies to various hospitals and clinics
  • creation of over 2500 “Baby Kare” kits to assist midwives delivering babies in rural areas
  • first aid kits and training
  • sending over 20 children for various life-saving surgeries and medical treatment including cleft palates, ventriculoseptal defects, cancer, complications of trauma, chemotherapy, and congenital deformities
  • comfort care supplies for palliative patients
  • creation of a woman’s weaving course with supplies
  • replacing a herd of sheep killed by Taliban forces

Kosovo 2011

$10,000 donation to improve the Woman and Children’s Shelter.

Jamaica 2011

$6,000 given to improve the HEART Technical School, dedicated to improving the lives of impoverished youth.

Dala Township Myanmar 2013

Just to let you know with the help of Disaster Aid Canada, we were able to bring in some of your comfort kits to a orphanage in Dala Township Myanmar this past March 2013. You can see them here on the Facebook page we created.  We are going to be setting up a charity to continue our work in Myanmar.  Thank you once again.

Stephen – Aid For Orphanage In Dalla Township Myanmar – Aid For Orphanage In Dalla Township Myanmar

Thailand 2013

I just thought I would write to say thank you so much for the donation of dolls and hats. We are a health clinic based on the Thai-Burma border, and recently experienced some massive flooding in the area, which displaced a lot of people on both sides of the border. In fact we had to evacuate the clinic for the first time in our 24 year history.

Your donation was kindly provided through one of our partners, Global Neighbors. As well as helping communities in our surrounding area, we have been supplying our medics to help support a Burmese community based rescue team, in Myawaddy, the town the other side of the border from us based here in Thailand. They are supporting caring for 24 emergency shelters, with many thousands of people flooded out of their homes.

Some of your toys have gone to sick children both in our clinic (see images). The rest along with the hats and other donated clothes supplied by Global Neighbors have gone to helping some of those people in Myawaddy. Please see updates and pictures from the floods, which can be found on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/maetaoclinic

So thank you once again and keep knitting.

Democratic Republic of Congo 2013

Nick Roby posted the following on Boomer’s Legacy’s Facebook timeline:

“The village of KIMPOKO in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) houses 100 civil-war widows and their children. During a recent visit, Canadian TF members recognized the requirement for classroom desks, as many students were either sitting on the dirt floor, or were crowded three to five children on one bench which was originally constructed for only two children. It was clear that the state of these classrooms were not conducive to a beneficial learning environment.

Thanks to the generosity of The Boomers Legacy Fund, 150 school desks were procured and delivered to KIMPOKO schools on 28 June 2013. Through this project, The Boomers Legacy Fund has assisted four different schools and approximately 325 students who will continue to learn the academic and technical skills that are required to prosper in the DRC. Boomer’s Legacy continues to live on in AFRICA!

We thank the committee for approving the request and an article and photos will be submitted to The Maple Leaf Newspaper in the near future. Happy Canada Day!”