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53: Collaboration

When you get a room of people together that are all there for one purpose – giving back – the energy is amazing. Last night I attended as a participant in the Chef’s Challenge for a Cure. I had been working towards this day for months and it was everything I hoped it would be and more.

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Founder of 365give with Gordon Ramsey

Today I was part of a charity event that raised 1.1 million dollars. Talk about giving back. I didn’t raise this money on my own but every dollar raised from all the participants and guests added up to this enormous amount of money. The event used every example of giving I could think of, donations, volunteering, kindness and teamwork. It was truly giving at it’s finest.

The event was hosted by Chef Gordon Ramsey.  I most likely shouldn’t share this secret with you but he is actually a lovely human being He is funny, kind and generous with his time.

Our Team Captains for the event consisted of Celebrity Chefs Mark McEwan, Massimo Capra, Lynn Crawford and terribly handsome David Rocco. It was my honour to spend the day with them all as we volunteered our time in the name of Women’s Cancer Research.

The best part of the evening was working with 50 participants that raised so much money to help for the cure for cancer. Each person had their own story. Their motivation and drive to GIVE was obvious from their excitement and enthusiasm to be part of such a unique and remarkable event.

Soon to be posted on YouTube you will have a chance to see Gordon Ramsey in action at the event starting with his usual yelling and screaming out our unusual cooking styles to literally putting out fires that a few rookie want-a-be-chef’s started right on stage.

Thank you to everyone I met and worked with at the event. The amount of work and dedication that went into raising 1.1 million dollars is unforgettable and will be imprinted in my heart for my lifetime.

I look forward to hearing some of the stories form the people I met at the event and share them with you.

Time Commitment: An entire day and evening

Cost: Funds raised: $7885 plus the cost of traveling to Toronto

Impact: Forever in my heart to be surrounded by so many giving

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)