When we donate our time, talents, and money, we help make Canada a better and kinder place to live in. Research has shown that one of the main reasons people give is simply because they were asked to. Well, tis the season of giving, and this holiday season I’m daring you to give. Imagine what we could accomplish if every Canadian giver challenged just one other person to donate or volunteer their time with them.This year I’m participating in Dare2Give, the latest in the My Giving Moment Campaign inspired by the Governor General of Canada. This campaign is an opportunity for all Canadian givers to increase their giving impact by daring others to donate or volunteer with them and help make Canada a more compassionate country. By taking part in this challenge and daring someone you know to give with you, you’ll also get the chance to win for your favourite charity, including the grand prize of a TV public service announcement spot from Shaw Media. The last day to enter is December 14, 2014, so start daring!
This holiday season, I’m donating to my local youth shelter. They provide outreach, shelter, meals, counselling, and support to young people trying to escape homelessness, abuse, and drug addiction. Having worked with street youth for many years, I know first hand how important this work is and how much good these places do.
Many of us donate canned goods to our local food banks, especially around the holiday season, but after some recent discussion on my Facebook page, this year I’ll be giving cash instead. Food banks can use that money to buy exactly what they need, usually at a steep discount, making my dollar stretch even further.
I Dare You to Give!
I’m taking up the challenge and daring my friends and family to give with me. I dare my friends, Maria and Heather, to match my donation to their charities of choice, and then to dare someone else to give with them too.
I dare my brother to complete the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada mentoring orientation and discover a volunteering opportunity that fits his schedule.
I want to teach my children the values of giving and empathy, so I dare my four-year-old daughter to pick three of her gently used toys and donate them to our local women and children’s shelter.
Now it’s up to you. I dare you to donate with me. I dare you to make a difference. Dare your friends, family, and colleagues, then visit the Dare2Give website or see below to enter how many dares you’ve made for a chance to win for your favourite charity. Go ahead, I dare you!
Disclosure: Although this post has been generously sponsored by Rideau Hall Foundation, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Rideau Hall Foundation.