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The 365give Challenge launched in two public schools in West Vancouver this past week. We couldn’t wait to see how the students would chose to give every day, what their impact on the world would be and what they learned along the way. The results were astounding. Sarah Fee, teacher of grade 6 students at Ecole Pauline Johnson was the first class to complete a week of daily giving. She tells a clear story of each give and how the students embraced The 365give Challenge. The weekly recap has been completed in both English and French as Pauline Johnson is a French immersion school and we are thrilled The 365give Challenge is being taught in both English and French. Bonne Chance to the other classes working on The 365give Challenge in the coming weeks and we look forward to hearing your stories.
Day # 1
We began the week by watching ‘The Trash Vortex” video on YouTube and a large discussion surrounding the carbon foot print that we are leaving on the planet. We then decided to do our first “give” to the ‘environment’ and people which was to take over Mlle Fisher’s class’ garbage clean up. The students have never been so passionate about picking up garbage before because they knew they were doing it to help out the school and do a job for their “senior” peers. All accept one student said “they felt great doing this for others”. Mlle Fisher’s class gave them a huge “Merci” and even made our class a card to show their appreciation.
Day # 2
Our “give” today was to ‘people’, where students had to give a special note or letter to someone in the class or school and tell them why they appreciated them. They all, of course loved this one as they got a ‘free pass’ to give a note for the day. All of them said “this is fun and said they all felt happy after both receiving and giving the notes”. Many of them asked at our weekly class meeting if we could “do this every day”
Our class’ “give” today was to ‘animals’ and ‘people’, where during our computer block, I gave students animal websites (suggested by the 365 give team) as well as one to help combat famine in the world called Free Rice suggested by some of the students. We all had a great time learning how to help and giving various “gives”. On free rice you are able to see how many grains of rice you have helped to earn for a community that is in need. We even had one student who earned 3000 in 30 minutes! At the end of the lesson he said to me, “Madame, I gave a lot today and I feel really good”. The following day, many students had followed up with the websites at home and told me that they had brought their scores up to 10 000 grains of rice that they had donated. Another student took a particular interest in an animal cruelty story and wanted students in the class to sign a petition to put the people responsible for the cruelty in prison. He was very passionate about this and had many students in the class sign his petition and wanted the story brought forth to Mme Trudeau and Mr. Parslow so they could make other students and teachers aware of these issues.
Today was our last day of our trial week of 365, though I definitely think that after all we’ve learned, that it won’t be our last. Today we “gave” to ‘animals’, ‘people’ and ‘the environment’. Firstly, we did a “meat free Thursday” where most students brought a meatless lunch (unless pre ordered hot lunch). We also held a bake sale with all proceeds going to those victims of the typhoon in the Philippines in which all students participated and raised $292.60 cents and then after all items were sold, many students donated some of their own money to bring the total up to $302.60. We also did our weekly recycling for the school that is part of our everyday week but helping out our school and environment nonetheless.
Professional Development Day everyone had the day off school.
We had an action packed week and loved every minute of it! Good luck to all of you.
Nous avons commencé la semaine en regardant «Trash Vortex» vidéo sur YouTube qui était suive par une grande discussion sur l’empreinte de carbone que nous laissons sur la planète. Nous avons alors décidé de faire notre premier «donner» à ‘l’environnement’ et avait pris la responsabilité de la classe de Mlle Fisher à faire leurs nettoyage du terrain. Les étudiants n’ont jamais été aussi passionnés de ramassage des déchets avant parce qu’ils savaient qu’ils faisaient pour aider l’école et faire un travail pour leurs amis «seniors». Tout accepter un élève ont dit “ils me sentaient très bien le faire pour les autres ». La classe de Mlle Fisher leur a donné un énorme” Merci “et a même fait une carte pour notre classe pour montrer leur appréciation.
Notre “donner” pour aujourd’hui a été pour les «personnes», où les étudiants devaient donner une note particulière ou une lettre à quelqu’un dans la classe ou à l’école et leur dire pourquoi ils les appréciaient. Ils ont tous, bien sûr adoré celui-ci comme ils ont obtenu un «free pass» pour donner les notes pour la journée. Tous ont dit “c’est amusant et ont dit qu’ils se sentaient tous heureux après tant recevoir et de donner les notes”. Beaucoup d’entre eux ont demandé pendant notre réunion de classe, si nous pouvions “faire chaque jour”.
Notre ” donner ” pour aujourd’hui était pour les «animaux » et les «personnes», où lors de notre bloc de l’ordinateur, j’ai donné aux étudiants les sites-web d’animaux (proposées par l’équipe de donner 365) ainsi que l’un pour aider à combattre la famine dans le monde appelé www.freerice.com suggéré par certains élèves. Nous avons tous bien aime apprendre comment aider et donner de divers “donne”. Au site-web www.freerice.com, vous êtes capable de voir combien de grains de riz que vous avez aidé à gagner pour une communauté qui est dans le besoin. Nous avons même eu un étudiant qui a obtenu 3000 en 30 minutes! A la fin de la leçon, il m’a dit : «Madame, j’ai donné beaucoup de choses aujourd’hui et je me sens vraiment bien “. Le lendemain, de nombreux étudiants ont suivi avec les sites Web chez eux et m’ont dit qu’ils avaient apporté leurs scores jusqu’à 10 000 grains de riz.
Un autre étudiant a pris un intérêt particulier, dans une histoire de cruauté envers les animaux et voulait les élèves de la classe de signer une pétition pour mettre les personnes responsables de la cruauté en prison. Il était très passionné à ce sujet et a eu de nombreux élèves de la classe de signer sa pétition et voulait passe l’histoire à Mme Trudeau et M. Parslow afin qu’ils puissent faire d’autres élèves et les enseignants au courant de ces concernes.
Journee # 4
Aujourd’hui, c’était notre dernier jour de notre semaine pilot de 365, mais je pense vraiment que, après tout ce que nous avons appris, que ce ne sera pas notre dernière. Aujourd’hui notre “donné” c’était pour les «animaux», les «personnes» et «l’environnement». Tout d’abord, nous avons fait un «jeudi sans de la viande” où la plupart des étudiants ont apporté un diner sans viande (sauf pré commandé diner-chaud). Nous avons également organisé une vente de pâtisseries/buiscuits et toutes les fondes rammasse c’était pour les victimes du typhon aux Philippines dans lequel tous les élèves ont participé et ont soulevé 292,60$ et puis après tous les patisseries ont été vendus, de nombreux étudiants ont donné une partie de leur propre argent pour porter le total à 302,60$! Que j’était fiere! Nous avons aussi fait notre recyclage pour l’école qui fait partie de notre semaine tous les jours mais pour aider notre école et de l’environnement de même.
Nous avons eu une semaine remplie d’action et nous avons adoré chaque minute! Bonne chance à vous tous.
A special thank you to Sarah and her class for starting the 365give Challenge off with such a large impact to so many. Congratulations on being a new generation of change makers!
YOU CHANGED THE WORLD TODAY!
“Sometimes the strength of Motherhood is greater than natural laws” - Barbara Kingsoliver
There are lists and lists of things to get “Mom” for Mother’s Day but this story is truly the #1 greatest gift any Mom could ask for – her life. This is the story of a Mother’s life that was saved by love, hard work, hope and one big miracle. A few months ago I shared a story of a Mother in desperate need of help from the world. (One Match to Save a Mother’s Life) Myy dear friend Erica needed a bone marrow transplant to save her life. She had been diagnosed with a deadly case of leukaemia and was told she only had only months to live unless a bone marrow donor could be found.
This is her story. A story of being a Mom with two beautiful boys, a remarkable husband, a story of community, a story of hope and a story of the greatest gift a Mom could ever want.
The gift of life.
Guest Post by Erica Harris
When I was asked by Jacqueline (founder of 365give) to write a little synopsis of my journey in honour of this very special Mother’s Day, my mind instantly brought me back to my Mother’s Day celebration last year. The day started with a wonderful wake up, spoiled by drawings and wee surprises. And after a fun filled family brunch with the in laws, my oldest son, then 4, then took me on a “date” – we rode the bus in absolute glee and smiled away at an afternoon kids concert. Beautiful day, beautiful memories. Not once did I then consider what would arise in the weeks to come as even a distant possibility.
Last spring as I spent a fun morning at the aquarium with my boys, I picked up an urgent message regarding a relatively routine lab I had done hours earlier. Thinking there must be some confusion as my results couldn’t be in that quickly, I then learned I was to avoid all public places as my immune system was so comprised. My final diagnosis of acute leukemia came within a few short days. Hours following this, a bed was made available for me in the province’s Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant unit at Vancouver General Hospital.
I had no time to prepare myself, or my family for this huge upheaval. I embarked on my new path in shock and disbelief. For one so passionate about life, health and wellness this was just not within the realms of possibilities. My heart simply ached at the thought of being separated from my angels and not having any idea where to start explaining what had transpired and why mama would not be home.
I had no idea what was to lie ahead- the tubes, the machines, the surgeries, the days of isolation as a result of life threatening septic infections, the endless gut retching nausea, the frequent bone marrow biopsies, the exhausting night sweats, the ongoing blood transfusions, etc. What was assumed to be an original 3-4 week stay resulted in a full 2 month stay as the original chemotherapy proved unsuccessful. After I did not respond to what is referred to as “salvage” chemotherapy, I given a 2 month diagnosis, perhaps 6 months at best and offered no further treatment aside from palliative care. A second opinion in Seattle at one of the leading US leukaemia treatment centers confirmed the prognosis. So despite having had just received the amazing news that perfect 10/10 bone marrow donor was found on my behalf (after great efforts on behalf of One Match, the VGH team, my incredible husband and our amazing team of support who started their own missions to spread awareness), I learned the very next day it was an unattainable goal as I first had to be in remission to be eligible for transplant. After hearing this prognosis, I knew I just needed to be home with my family. I did just that- the team at VGH reluctantly discharged me the next morning. And with the strength of my 3 handsome loves by my side, I gained strength and “our fight” began.
On every step of this road, our family has been embraced by an amazing circle of love and support. Friends, family and and complete strangers sent messages of love and inspiration, devoted hours on our behalf to prayer, meditation, research on alternative approaches and leading health care providers in the field, cared for our babes, donated blood, prepared meals, shopped, and helped in any/every way possible. All of this paved the way to a very unexpected victory in ‘our fight”….and by the grace of God, the healing hands of my beautiful angel babes, the world’s best husband by my side, and our incredible team of support, my labs started to reflect some change and very slight optimism that at least the disease was not progressing at a rate that was originally anticipated. Another biopsy was scheduled and we learned I had attained remission.
Our head Doc said there was absolutely no explanation he could offer aside from saying it was a true miracle.
I was then eligible for transplant, which I had at the end of October. Although I am still on a rather bumpy road while adapting an entirely new immune system from an unrelated superstar donor, I am now moving full steam ahead and getting stronger every day. I am not yet off this big detour but I get to be here to be the first to greet my angels when they wake and the last to kiss them goodnight.
I am over the moon to be able to conquer most of my mama routines on most days.
As I picked up my oldest from kindergarten the other day, I stood from a far as I approached the field. He was running about laughing away with his friends, so enthralled in their game and so incredibly happy. I had tears of joy just being able to see this moment. As I stood there thinking how difficult it may soon be to tug him away from this fun for our trek home, he saw me from across the playground. Instantly, he sprinted towards me shouting to all with such excitement “there is MY Mom!” with his arms outstretched to dive into mine. My now 3 year old sets out on his daily missions to find mama treasured rocks, pine cones, or the prettiest weed of the day and shares them with me in the sweetest, highest pitched voice as he tells says he loves me soooo much. These slower days have welcomed so many quiet simple moments on the home front and these moments are true bliss. I thank God every day for my incredible blessings. My heart shines in ways I never imagined possible simply to hold their hands in mine.
This road has obviously been an unexpected lofty toll- from my husband not working for months on end to be my side, to additional child care costs, to the cost of uncovered medications and the countless supplements, to ensuring every nutrient consumed is of the highest quality, and the many expenses of fees incurred from professionals we sought along the way for many consults/treatments.
Jacqueline’s mission with 365give and her amazing compassion for those experiencing difficult times exemplifies such heartfelt surprises and blessings that have helped ease our path by so many ways. Further, Jacqueline spread the word about One Match registration instantly upon hearing the urgent need. The love, generosity, time and kindness that have been extended to us along the way will remain in our hearts on this very special upcoming mother’s day, and every day.
Happy, happy Mother’s Day to all!
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Could you climb Mount Kilimanjaro? Would you sacrifice you time, your energy and your money to climb for good?
This story features a good friend, Kay Walten. She is on her way to Africa next week to help change the world one very steep step at a time. Please consider supporting Kay on her plight to help women and children in Africa as climbs Mount Kilimanjaro. Watch the video and just click on this link on Go Fund Me . Help Kay reach her goal before she begins her climb September 29th.
Be inspired. Be generous. Give.