Charitable assist

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, left, and defenceman Shea Weber pose with a charcoal print by Vancouver’s John Perlinger.

A pair of high-profile Montreal Canadiens are helping a B.C. man launch a “Charitable” website aimed at doing good in the world.

John Perlinger is selling prints of his original charcoal drawing of goaltender Carey Price and defenceman Shea Weber at Kelowna and West Kelowna BMO locations to celebrate and publicize the launch of Charitables.com.

“Now, we’re just trying to get people to hear about the site and use the site,” Perlinger told the Okanagan Weekend on Friday night.

Charitables.com is an online marketplace where users can post goods they’re trying to sell. The buyer’s money goes electronically to the charity of the seller’s choice, and the seller receives a tax receipt in the amount of the sale.

To help promote the site’s launch, Perlinger drew the picture of Price and Weber celebrating a Team Canada win at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Perlinger’s brother-in-law played hockey with Weber when they were boys, and helped get the drawing signed by the two all-stars.

Prints cost $50, and proceeds support Mamas for Mamas and BC’s Children’s Hospital.

He’s also selling them at three Fraser Valley BMO locations.

The idea struck him one day while he prepared for work as an insurance broker.

A father of four children ages two to 18, he was meditating when he came to a realization.

“I wanted to do something more meaningful,” Perlinger said. “I didn’t know what in particular, but I wanted to look back on my life and know I did something that mattered.”

Charitables.com came to him in a flash about 2 1/2 years ago. He sat on the idea for a long time before he couldn’t wait any longer.

He was intimidated by the idea of quitting a good job that supported his family for a risky venture.

“I have no tech background,” he said. “I’m an art-school dropout.”

That led him to speaking with more people, and eventually finding a tech company that built the site for him.

He’s been working with several charities to help generate interest in using it. There’s not much for sale today, but Perlinger hopes it will catch on and start helping other people.

The site launched this fall.

Perlinger said the Montreal Canadiens organization deserves a huge assist. He shipped the original drawing to Montreal hoping it would be returned and signed by Weber two weeks later. Instead, the Habs sent it back with an overnight courier in a specially made crate signed by Weber and Price.

It allowed him to have the prints made and distributed in time for Christmas.

“I was over the moon,” Perlinger said. “I definitely am a newfound Habs fan.”

If you can’t get to a Kelowna BMO branch, indiegogo.com/projects/charitables-launch-campaign has a few for sale.

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Email: dave.trifunov@ok.bc.ca