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This past fall I participated in an event called the Chef’s Challenge for a Cure. I asked everyone in my life to donate to my fundraising efforts for Women’s Cancer Research. Old friends and colleges came out of no where to support me. Together we raised over $7300.
One of those supporters and a dear friend is a gentleman by the name of Hart Melvin. Hart owns this little gelato ice-cream company called Gelato Fresco. If you aren’t familiar with Gelato Fresco you are missing out on one of the most wonderful treats you could ever provide for your mouth. It’s not such a little company either. You can get Gelato Fresco ice-cream is in just about any grocery store. Hart made a generous contribution to my cause and told me about a project that his 17 year old daughter had created, Tinley’s Aid.
I was so amazed by what this high school student is doing I have made Tinley’s Aid Day 3 of 10 days of giving $10.00 each day. $10 can impact the world if you just take a look.
Day 103: Give 103
Tinley’s Aid was started by Tinley Melvin at the age of 17. She had travel to Gangtok, Sikkim India to meet some of her relatives and on her journey her life change forever. She spent 2 months volunteering at an orphanage called Lepcha Cottage where 100 children live. They are between the ages of 3 – 10. This experience impacted her life so profoundly when it was time to return home she knew she had to do something to help the orphanage.
When I first read Tinley’s site and her mission I was so impressed that at the age of 17 she was taking her time and energy to create change in the world, to make a positive impact on these children on the other side of the world. There are many things I did when I was 17, but traveling to India to volunteer at an orphanage and then return home to continue that work was not one of them. What were you doing to change the world at age 17?
For just $10 Tinley can help the children at the orphange in a number of ways:
I’m not sure how I do this but I have this ability to draw in the most unusual circumstances to my life at time.
I met so many wonderful and inspiring people at The Chef’s Challenge for the Cure. One person in particular stood out for an unusual reason. A of participants from another team approached me very late in the program of the event and asked if I would talk to my dear friend Mark McEwan about a guest in the audience.
This guest wanted to have Gordon Ramsey cut his very long hair right on stage that night in honour of a dear friend that had passed away of cancer. It was a heck of a request to throw in to a food event that was now over time by over an hour. All I could do was try. I have this philosophy that all you can do is ask and the worst that can happen is the answer is no.
I spoke to the event organizer and then I went and spoke to Gordon Ramsey directly. Due to many factors they were not able to put this gentleman’s request into the evenings activities that night. I wanted him to know I had tried my best for him and I wanted to hear his story which I will now share with you now.
Today’s GIVE is in honour of Clare who passed away in 2007 of cancer. This is her voice shining threw her dear friend Chris Collins, whom I had the honour of meeting at the event. I am thrilled Chris decided to share Clare’s Story and I encourage you to do the same.
If we all do something to GIVE, whether it’s every day or every month or just once a year, the world will be a better place. We will inspire each other with our stories and will GIVE more, we will be more generous with our time, our money and our compassion. Thank you Chris for giving Clare a voice today.
Social Media is an amazing tool!
Today I sat in my living room and in no time at all I was able to GIVE to 12 different organizations around the world in jut a few clicks. The wonderful world of online sponsorship. A business will make a donation to a ‘not for profit organization’ each time a person clicks on a special link.
I didn’t have to sign up.
I didn’t have to give my email address.
I didn’t even have to go to the sponsor’s website.
This is something we could all do every day. I am offering you a GIVE you could do every day for 365days. You can even keep track of the impact you make each time you click a donation.
GIVE 17 / Day 17
Today I was so exhausted from working a 17 hour day on my feet all day I just couldn’t do anything to GIVE that would take much energy. Going any further than my big leather armchair with laptop in hand while my son was napping was the best I could do. I also wanted to find a way to GIVE that wouldn’t cost me any money.( I am saving money to fly to Toronto for the Chef Challenge in which I am participating to raise money for women’s cancers.)
An organization got my attention, CARE2, a site worth spending some time on every day.
In 10 seconds I was able to help support, children, rainforests, big cats, breast cancer, pets, seals, oceans, primates, global warming, stop violence against women and wolves. Also included is a featured Daily Action – in this case a petition to bring awareness to a Hand Washing Campaign called IWASH by Unicef in Uganda.
Not only did I CLICK to GIVE but they also tell you the immediate impact you have made by clicking. If you choose to go to the site everyday, or weekly, you can track your continuing impact by signing up to the site.
One click saved 7.4 sq. ft. of rainforest today.
Two clicks protected 100 sq. ft. of ocean today.
Three clicks offset your computer’s energy use today.
As the clicks continue so does the impact continue and thereby creating an even greater impact to our world !
I really did change a part of the world today !
I love this site ! I plan to visit it with my morning coffee every day.
Time Commitment: 30 seconds
Impact: Track-able every day!