The story of a 9 year old boy collecting food for the Kamloops Food Bank because someone burned the storage facility to the ground, is a Noble work, admirable even, but why hasn’t the city and or the community stepped up? Why should a 9 year old have to show the rest of the town what should be done by us grown ups?
If we all believe we are supposed help your neighbor, feed & clothe the poor, what are we waiting for, a 9 year old to step up? As you can sense by my language I’m a little annoyed that no one else has come forward to help the Kamloops Food Bank.
So with that in mind, I’m going to invite you to support your local food bank. On August 31st, I am holding a TweetUp at the Roasted Grape in Abbotsford from 4PM – 7PM. This will be a fund raiser in the form of food, so bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Abbotsford Food Bank. So if you’re local to Abbotsford (less than 2 hours away) stop in and meet great people, and help those in need.
I hope you will step up and support those in need by supporting your local food bank, next time you are shopping for food, buy something extra and take it to your local food bank. It’s, a small thing, but you will make the world a better place for someone struggling to find a meal.
MARK IT IN YOUR CALENDAR:!
On August 31st, the TweetUp is at the Roasted Grape in Abbotsford from 4PM – 7PM. The Roasted Grape is located on the corner of Montrose & Fraser Way in the OLD Bank Of Montreal building in Abbotsford.
It was a most beautiful day on Mill Lake this past Sunday (May 1st, 2011), the sky was clear and the lake was calm as it hosted the 2011 Walk For Kids Help Phone Fund Raiser. Two laps around Mill Lake on a sunny beautiful morning was in order, a great day to help the kids in our area. Last year it rained, it was miserable but we had a great time regardless.
This year there were more sponsors, and I would like to thank them all; Envision Financial, Owen Greaves (Emcee), The Abbotsford Heat, The News, Fraser Valley Pulse, Galaxy Bowl, Kal Tire, SAVE-ON Foods, 100.5 Peak Radio, The Yummy Mummy Club, Abbotsford Police Department, M & M Meats, Butterfly Treats and it was all topped off with the talented Emily Taylor Adams.
Emily Taylor Adams also donated 50% of CD sales at the event and her stand against kids bullying, she was our official cake cutter too, and she played and sang all morning long. If you don’t know who she is just yet, you can see her perform at the Cloverdale Rodeo, and she will be at GABBY’s Country Club in Langley on May 29th raising funds for Cancer. M & M Meats cooked Hot Dogs for everyone, there was coffee, water, oranges and other refreshments as well. Eileen Fisher coordinates this event every year, and does an amazing job, it’s always a treat to work with her.
I should mention his Worship Mayor George Peary, and his lovely wife made the walk , it was one of three walks they were taking part in Sunday Morning. Thank you for coming. Joyful George and Dilly the Clown were on hand, and there was lots of face-painting going on too. A handful of local mascots were on hand, Joyful George, Dilly & Hawkey, they paired up with a few of the kids and ran a 3 legged race, fun was had by all.
Next year this event will take place on May 6th, 2012. It’s the first Sunday of May each year, this is a fun event for the whole family to attend and take part in, put that date on your calendar. If you want more information on the Walk For Kids Help Phone, contact Eileen Fisher in the Fraser Valley or visit the website: http://www.walkforkidshelpphone.ca
There are many ways to get involved, you can participate, donate, volunteer and or sponsor the event. It’s a great way to ensure the kids have help when under attack or not, make a donation to ensure the service continues.
This is the 2nd year of this event and it’s growing, and it will continue to grow with your participation, and we thank the many who helped make this years event a success. Not only can you make a difference, you also enjoy the process, a good time was had by all, until next year.
I couldn’t sleep tonite because I was burden by the fact that I can’t help everyone, people who have fallen on hard times, and if I was in a position to help them, how would I do that? Every now and then I get an email or someone shares about someone who just lost their car, and or is about to lose their home. There are so many, and it just tears me apart because, I was one of them, but a friend stepped up and provided funds to prevent further damage. That’s not the amazing part, the part that blew me away and had me in tears, I told them I didn’t know when I could pay them back, they said….you don’t have to pay us back, it’s a gift.
Now if you are wired like me, you are going to pay that someone back eventually. But it got me to thinking, and I thought I would share. But first let me ask you, have you every given someone or an organization money, and not ask for anything in return? I mean, not evena tax receipt, you just gave the money to help, period, that’s it. Can you answer yes? My wife tells me I do it everyday, I do it because I was in that spot where I was going to lose my home. It wasn’t that the amount of money was so huge, but when you are up against it, it might as well be a million. This act of kindness, the parting with money most of find difficult to do, and then not expecting anything back, that was hard to take. But ever since that day, I give away my money and my time more than I ever get paid, why, because people need help. I don’t share this with you to brag, in fact, I’m ashamed I haven’t told sooner, it’s a part of my life I don’t talk about much. But I love and care for people more than myself, I’m just grateful to be alive. You see I suffered a Heart Attack 10 years ago, and life took on new meaning for me. And today, I love you enough to not let stay where you are.
Now I know you know of someone that’s fallen on hard times, and you wish you could do something about it, well, more than just saying a prayer. We want to provide support, but in most cases, the support needs to be money. Money is the one tool that gives us options, and it allows us to make the world a better place when we give it to those in need. The problem is, determining who is destitute, who really needs to be helped from losing a home. Billy Graham said that there are three things technology has yet to solve:
1.) Human Evil ( why are we so mean to each other?)
2.) Human Suffering (Hunger, loss of shelter and so on)
I’ve said before, death may be solved with nanotechnology 30 years from now, maybe longer, but human suffering could be solved today if we all pulled together. Human evil could also be solved we valued human life, but a great many in the world do not.
So I’m going to ask you to help save a home, together you & I can help someone who is not as well off as you & I happen to be, I’m challenging you to do something and expect nothing in return. I’m going to ask you to trust me, and go out on a limb, take that leap of faith that you will help someone hold their head up high. That you will change someones life, someone you may not know, or may never meet.
Some things to think about:
– We are all wired to do certain things, what are you wired to do, are you a cheerful giver?
– When you do what you were meant to do, you make the world a better place.
– Living the good life means, giving your time & money away, in serving others.
– The purpose of influence is..to speak up for those who have no influence.
– Your value is not based on your valuables.
– How many people are better off because you lived?
My challenge to you is to donate at least one dollar, just give it away expecting nothing in return, if you feel lead to give more than a dollar, then do it . By giving your donation, you will become a member of the Owen Greaves Save A Home Team, and you will receive the Owen Greaves Save A Home Newsletter. This is one small way you can make the world a better place, and you do that with one Random Act of Kindness, give away a dollar.
If everyone who reads this blog donates at least a dollar, together we can make a difference and that will change lives. Be a part of something greater than yourself, let’s work together to make the world a better place. I’ve already made my donation of $100, I triple dog dare ya to match it : ) Many Blessings my life changing friends.
I want to take a moment to thank Eileen Fisher of Enterprising Moms Network Inc. for making the Fraser Valley Walk for Kids Help Phone fund raiser event a huge success, and for asking me to be a part of it. You will see and hear much more on the event as more photo’s and stories surface. Eileen worked hard to coordinate this event and it was an amazing success in my humble opinion, $5,575.00 was raised through her efforts and the many who attended. If you missed the event and would like to get involved next year or donate funds, contact Eileen Fisher at 604 – 755 – 2993
The weather didn’t stop the many who braved the blustery winds and the rain stopped long enough to get the walk in. The sponsor’s deserve recognition as well, proviing exposure and great support, not too mention WestJet providing a trip for two anywhere Westjet fly’s.
Fraser Valley Walk for Kids Help Phone Sponser’s:
Founding Sponsor – Bell
Walk Sponsors – Air Miles Reward Program, BMO Financial Group, Boston Pizza, Empire Theatres, G4S, Motorola, Nestle Canada Inc., Parmalat WestJet
Site Sponsors – Envision Financial, Abbotsford Rotary, Galaxy Bowl, Prince Charles Elementary, Fraser Valley Pulse, Sardis Secondary
Local Media – The Abbotsford News & 100.5 The Peak Radio Station
Local Sponsors and Suppliers – Enterprising Moms Network Inc., Owen Greaves Consulting, Phat Boyz Mobile DJ, Concept9 Maternity, Dilly the Clown, Artistic Images Photography, Skynet Cellular & Valley Stars Cheerleading.
Thank you for asking me to Emcee this event and thank you to all who worked hard to make the event a overwhelming success, but most of all, I want to thank those who gave and walked. Without the support of the community these kinds of events would never see the light of day.
get involved in your community and change lives, live your life with this thought in mind:
How Many People Are Better Off Because You Lived?
Many Blessings and thank you.