Sunday, December 18, 2011

Giving Back Times Two!

So much of this year has been about finding the organization or people in need...finding a way to make things better....reaching out to the community....and ultimately getting as many people involved in giving back as possible.

There have been many times during the year I have been told that I inspired someone to reach out or make a change in a way that they wouldn't have thought to do otherwise.  Its been one of the greatest rewards of this journey.  But there have been numerous individuals that I know that have made a difference too....and when they asked for my support I made sure to keep the circle going.  

Have you heard of the Give to Live Foundation?

GIVE TO LIVE is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to ending unnecessary disease and illness by inspiring people to lead healthy and happy lives through exercise, altruism, and achieving the extraordinary. 
“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life – happiness, freedom, and peace of mind – are always attained by giving them to someone else.”        Peyton C. March

{chad in the back row, 2nd from the left}
I first heard about Give to Live when my neighbor and avid cyclist, Chad Robertson, raised funds in 2010 by biking from Vancouver, BC to Austin, Texas (with a finish and meet up with Lance Armstrong).  The 5,000 km journey helped raise $268,000 for various Cancer Research organizations in North America.  After supporting Chad in his 2010 quest to raise the highest funds for the cause, it was a an absolute "yes" when he committed to doing the 2011 Give to Live cycle journey.  My favorite part of Chad's fundraising efforts involved his entire family!  His wife, Lisa, baked batches upon batches of chocolate chip cookies which his three children then sold to treat seekers.  They only asked for a donation to their dad's cause....and no one could resist the charms of his sweet supportive children!  
Thank you Chad for dedicating yourself to an incredibly worthy cause and for giving me the chance to support your "give back" initiative!
I could go on and on about all the amazing organizations I have been able to support by just clicking a button and donating online, or writing a cheque to a friend's efforts, or saying "yes" to yet another phone solicitor...here are a few from the year that stood out.
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Show Kids You Care is a project of Trinity Global Support Foundation. Show Kids You Care, through breakfast clubs and through lunch and snack programs, helps children in serious need across Canada, regardless of race, religion, language or culture.



I first heard about Show Kids You Care when a solicitor called my house in early January.  It was one of those rare moments where I struck up a conversation with the person on the other end of the phone and was surprised to hear the passion and obvious dedication she felt for the organization.  It was a refreshing change from the usual script reading phone solicitor!  

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Kids Help Phone went live in May of 1989 and it has been there for kids ever since.  The phone lines are available to kids, teens and young adults, from any community in Canada,  24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  

"Even though everyone needs help sometimes, stigma around mental and emotional health struggle remains strong. The threat of being judged or labeled can leave both adults and kids reluctant to seek help."



When Deanna Bailey, a member of my Bust a Move team, asked me to support her efforts to raise money and awareness through the Walk For Kids Help Phone, I had to say yes.  Visit Kids Help Phone for more information about this much needed resource.

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I have been exposed to so many organizations this year...organizations that do amazing things to help make the world a better place...one step at a time.  What a privilege it has been!

p.s.
Watch for the updates on the Handsmade for Helping event and the story of a very special helping hand from a small friend in Texas.

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