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Skateboarding, biking, watching TV, soccer, ballet, softball or just hanging with your friends? Do you even remember?
Did you have a passion? Did you know what you wanted to be when you grew up?
Did you want to create positive change in the world? Did you try to impact millions?
Meet Mac. Passion, Commitment & a clear Focus at the age of 12 and…..
He’s changing the world.
Day 336: Give 336
- Homelessness in youth (supporting Convenant House)
- Pink Shirt Day Campaign: Anti Bullying in schools
- Vancouver the Great: A reminder of the good that came from the Vancouver riots (video featured)
“The point of my videos is not about me or how many views I can on YouTube but to bring awareness to these causes because we all have family and we are all affected in one way or another. I have been asked by three different teachers, from three different schools if I could come in and talk to the students, show my films and answer questions. My plan is to ask the students if they could each bring in a loonie and at the end of my presentation the kids can choose where they would like their donation to go.” quoted from 316Mackie.com
Mac, I will be your first loonie donation. In fact I will be sending you 10 loonies to begin your awareness campaign.
It was an honour to meet Mac and share his story with you. We can all give to Mac today by showing him support for his passion. Watch his videos and share them.
Let’s encourage the youth of today to step up and be part of the change. Mac has the ability to not only create impact through his videos but to influence his piers which in turn creates the ripple effect that will make the next generation aware of the every day issues that effect us all.
Time Commitment: 15 minutes to watch and favourite Mac’s videos
Cost: 10 loonies to get Mac’s campaign started
The countdown is on! Exactly 30 days to completing 365 days of giving. I’m excited to be almost finished this journey. With just 30 days left I have some “gives” I really want to complete to help bring awareness to organizations that truly deserve it. Today is one of those days. 50cents.Period.
Day 335: Give 335
I could put a warning on this post saying it’s for women only but everyone needs to understand the challenges women go through all over the world each month when they get their menstruation. Yes, their period. Shhhh – don’t say it to loud someone may hear you!
All over the world the word “period” has been made into a bad word. As young girls we are taught to suck it up, take some Midol and just pretend it’s not happening. It’s not discussed in mixed company. It’s meant for a girl chat only. In many places around the world companies have given us every luxury to help keep the “situation” under control each month.
What if you lived in a rural place in the world where buying tampons or pads (other words we don’t say out loud!) was not as easy as popping down to a 7eleven when you weren’t prepared. What if getting the basic protection needed was not available or even worse – not affordable.
How would you function each and every month?
- Would you miss work?
- Would you miss a date?
- Would you miss school?
Girls around the world miss school for this exact reason. One week every month because they don’t have the protection they need to sit on a classroom. If there is one thing I have learned over the last 335 days it is this. Educate all the women of the world and there will be a dramatic positive change.
Should getting your period hold women back from the education that could help “be the change we want to see in the world?”
50cents.Period. founded by the Women in Red are a group of dedicated women that believe “girls must not have their educations and life opportunities curtailed because of their inability to have access to these fundamental supplies.”
How can you help? 50cents goes a long way in India. “50 cents buys a month of sanitary supplies and an uninterrupted education.”
- $5 sponsors 10 girls for one month
- $10 sponsors 20 girls for one month
- $25 provides supplies for 50 girls for one month
- $50 sponsors a rural High School, averaging 100 girl students for one month
- $600 provides sanitary supplies for one school for an entire year
- $1,000 will build a basic toilet
Could you imagine your child not having a toilet at their school? I don’t have an extra $1000 I can donate today to build a toilet but I can do something. I made a donation today that will make an impact. Do you have $5.00 or $10.00 you can donate? From the facts above you know what an impact it will make to another women in the world.
Time Commitment: 1 minute to online donate
After almost a year of giving I get a number of emails on a regular basis from organizations I have made donations to through my giving journey. One such letter I received this week was from World Vision. I was so touched by this request I wanted to share it with you.
I am not a religious person, I do not attend church nor do I have a specific God that I worship. But I do believe in the power of people coming together and putting their collective energy towards common good. I have made a number of cash donations to support the relief effots in Africa but today I will give in a different way.
I will send my energy (a prayer) to the people of Africa and to all the organizations that are desperately trying to help.
Today we can all take moment to give and send some positive energy (a prayer) out into the universe to the people of Africa that are suffering so desperately in hopes they get the help they need before it’s to late.
Today my give is a prayer to the people in the Horn of Africa.
I’m writing today with a different kind of request. Would you take a few minutes to pray? Here’s why: There are 750,000 people who could starve to death in the next four months in an area of Somalia that aid agencies have not been able to reach.
This situation is horrific and avoidable. Families are walking 100 miles in search of aid, and often only the strongest survive the journey. In many cases, women are burying their children on the side of the road as they flee. This tragedy breaks my heart.
In the middle of the famine, in South-Central Somalia, we aren’t even able to reach these starving children. World Vision had deep, long-term community relationships in Somalia since 1992, but we were forced to leave this part of the country in 2010. Armed groups demanded most aid organizations leave.
It is horrible knowing that we have been prevented from rescuing starving people. Our work elsewhere in East Africa is saving lives,
You can imagine the needs of a family who has walked for days without food and very little water, a mother and a father who have just buried their children. The needs there are great. Yet governments and private donors have provided less than half of what the world needs to adequately respond.
We need safe access to help starving people. We need the resources to adequately care for the half million people now in overcrowded refugee camps. To achieve this, we need a breakthrough.
Please join us in prayer that World Vision and other aid organizations would be able to access the regions in Somalia where three quarters of a million people could starve to death. And pray for the financial resources to complete this job. I know that with your prayer, we can do this. “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.’” — Mark 10:27 (NIV)
In prayer with you,
President, World Vision US