On Saturday, we put the FUN in Fundraising! My home pageant committee, the Teen Ontario East Pageant organization hosted a BEACH VOLLEYBALL tournament for Childhood Cancer; VOLLEY FOR GOLD. A good time was had by all. It was the perfect day, slightly overcast in the morning and bright sunshine in the afternoon. There was lots of volleyball, lots of laughs and some money raised for Childhood Cancer charities. I personally had a great day, met some new people and even played a point or two with my tiara on to get a few more dollars donated!
Volunteering and Fundraising is the main directive of my home pageant; The Teen Ontario East Organization and I have learned so much about organizing, hosting and promoting charity events from this group of ladies. To make an event successful, you need to have passion for the charity and a genuine desire to make a difference for the individuals that benefit from your chosen charity. For me, that is Childhood Cancer Awareness. Having spent the last 16 months working with childhood cancer charities, meeting some of the young cancer heroes and their families and having participated in a variety of events for various childhood cancer charities has ignited my passion to do all I can to make a difference in the lives of kids with cancer. Like many others, I don’t have a millionaire’s bank account so I don’t have the opportunity to donate large sums of money to the charities I have become involved with, but I do have a valuable resource to donate; ME! Volunteers are always needed in order to make fundraising events a success. Time is a valuable resource and something that we can all donate.
“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are PRICELESS.” Sherry Anderson
I have been fortunate through my title as Miss Teen Ontario East and now as Miss Teenage Eastern Ontario to be introduced to a variety of charities, assisting and supporting different needs that are evident in our communities. I was asked at a function recently how I choose what to attend and what charities to support, and I responded that I wanted to attend as many as events as possible to get an inside view of what various charities provide and how they operate. I was looking for my personal passion. There are so many critical charities that provide support to a variety of needs and each is equally as important. For me, my passion is Childhood Cancer and the charities to assist kids with cancer. That being said, I also dedicate time and energy to Free the Children, various international charities that are associated to my church and local charities that assist those in need directly in my small community. Everyone needs to find their passion and take the initiative to get involved with a charity that ignites that passion. It is an incredible feeling to do something for someone else; to know you are making a difference for someone less fortunate or someone who needs specific support. I guarantee that the fulfillment you get back will be life-changing!
“If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.” Author Unknown
We all have the ability to touch a life through volunteerism! So, if you are asked to play volleyball, BBQ some burgers, sell tickets or wash a car for a charity or cause, please take the opportunity to do so. Experience the FUN in FUNDRAISING!
“Take the initiative! Find a Passion! Volunteer! Touch a flower!” Theresa, Miss Teenage Eastern Ontario 2015
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