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Do you ever have those days that you are so overwhelmed you don’t get anything done because you are so overwhelmed?
Today was one of those days for me and I still needed to find a way to give.
How did I possibly think I could find the time to give every day!
Day 282: Give 282
I am a real person at the other end of 365give. I don’t have volunteers or helpers writing for me every day or giving for me every day. I don’t have a twitter team or Facebook specialist linking me up across the internet.
I am one women trying to do something to make the world a better place and some days it’s just hard. Some days I have so many other things going on with my child, my family,my dogs, my house and my paying job that at 8:00 pm I am sitting in Starbucks trying to get some work done and I realize I haven’t done anything to give today.
Now what? I have committed to giving back to the world every day for 365 days, I have 83 days to go and I have nothing planned. It’s not like I can go volunteer somewhere now. But I am out, I am at Starbucks, it’s pretty busy. How could I still do one thing today to give.
I’ve got it!
Starbucks is my inspiration to give!
I will by a coffee for a stranger. It’s not anything remarkable, I’m not saving a child in Africa or making some grand environmental gesture but I can be thoughtful and kind to another human being and hopefully make their day.
Philanthropy is defined as:
1) The effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind
After all the bad news that has been in the press lately about Vancouver I am happy to share some great news about my fine city. Even better the news is about young kids that are changing the world. I did a give on Day 235 to support two local Vancouver kids that opened a lemonade stand to help raise funds to build a water well for the Obakki Foundation. (also a local Vancouver initiative). Their whole school was involved and $8000 had to be raised to support this project.
You need to watch both videos. The first video is my interview with the kids which you may have already seen. The second video is an interview with many of the kids from the school after they had reached their goal. The effect it has on these kids is amazing, we can all learn a lot from them and get the Kleenex box ready – you will need it.
Day 271: Give 271
We don’t always know the impact tour giving has had but as you can see every “give” does help. I din’t donate a huge amount of money ($20.00) but together with everyone’s help we built a water well. I am so proud that I was part of this project for two reasons:
1) This water well will change the lives and save lives of so many in Africa that are in such great need.
2) The impact this project has had on these children will last their lifetime. It’s not a lesson that can be bought but it can be taught. If we take the time to teach our kids the effect their giving will have on the world they will understand how they to can help. This is the generation that will change our world for the better if we teach them.
Thank you Cypress Park Primary for all you have done to change the world. To the kids, the parents and teachers you have set an example we can all learn from.
Please favourite and share this video on YouTube so we can inspire the world and show how children are changing the world.
When I started 365give a friend suggested a book I should read. It was called Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World. I went right to their website and I was truly inspired by Me to We. The organization was started by two young students many years ago, Craig and Marc Klielburger. Their lives changed after volunteering in Ecuador to help to build a school. They decided they had to do something to change the world. Me to We was inspired by an one act they witnessed while volunteering. The school was far behind being completed and they had just days before leaving the village. The chief of the village called a “minga.” A call to action that brought people from villages miles away to help finish the school together. It was no longer about one person, “me” but about “we” and thus Me to We was formed and is changing the world every day. One of the ways they are doing this is through the other organization they have built called Free the Children. That is how I am giving back today, I want to help Free the Children of the world.
Day 267: Give 267
“Free The Children believes in a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. We are a charity and educational partner that empowers youth to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local and global citizens. Our domestic programs educate, engage and empower hundreds of thousands of youth in North America and the UK. Our international projects, led by our holistic and sustainable Adopt a Village model, has brought over 650 schools and school rooms to youth and provided clean water, health care and sanitation to one million people around the world, freeing children and their families from the cycle of poverty.”
Inspiration, motivation – change. Need I say more. How can we not take just a moment in our day to give.
One click, one like and we can help Free the Children reach a $1,000,000 fundraising goal and you don’t have to give a dime. With help from many great sponsors, just one click on the Free the Children facebook page allows you to give a donation of $1.00 at no cost to you. My click helped to bring that total to $626,090. That means over 600,000 have liked their page. Pretty amazing but how many people use Facebook – 500 million? Their sponsors have pledged to give up to $1,000,000. We need to start clicking today. Together on Facebook we can help them reach their goal.
I need you to spread the world. Post this on your Facebook page and ask your friends to help. Together we can Free the Children and help Marc and Craig continue their great work around the world.
Time Commitment: 30 Seconds
Cost: 0 but donated $1.00