As some of you may know I am going to do the Ride for Conquer Cancer for the 2nd year in a row, this June. I completed the ride last year (Vancouver to Seattle) and absolutely loved the experience. As a result, I was one of the first people to sign up for the 2011 race when the event was announced for 2011. As last year, I will be riding with Team Finn. Team Finn is inspirational in so many ways. We ride to honour the memory of a little boy named Finn who was taken at too young of an age. As he battled with cancer he continued to RUN, JUMP, SING, BOUNCE, and LOVE and with that message Team Finn lives on and we are over 100 riders strong. Last year we raised more than $500,000 for pediatric cancer and I really believe that this year we will surpass that goal.
Each rider must raise at least $2500 to participate in the ride and last year I found the fund-raising goal difficult. I wrote all of my friends and family and I have to say I was astonished at the amount of support that came through. I realized at the end of the fund-raising that I relied heavily on the financial support of friends and family and didn’t really take a creative role in coming up with fund-raising initiatives. This year I have changed that. Last week I hosted a bake sale on campus at Royal Roads and that was a huge success! It felt great to bake for hours on Sunday and to have friends and co workers from all over campus take part in fund-raising for Team Finn and of course enjoy the delicious goods that were also nicely wrapped for Valentine’s Day. (Thank you Jeff!!)
To continue my fund-raising efforts I hosted a Vision Board workshop on Saturday at my friend Sonia’s house. I have always wanted to do a vision board workshop and this was the perfect opportunity. Each participant was given a canvas. I brought TONS of magazines to the event, pens, paint, glue, gesso, paintbrushes, stickers, stamps, and other fun art supplies. I loved hosting this fund-raising event- it was creative, fun, introspective, and crafty. Each person’s work of art was beautiful and the visioning exercise resulted in some beautiful pieces. As I continue to fund raise for Team Finn I want to make sure that I honour Finn’s spirit by making sure that all of my fund-raising efforts connect with my own “child spirit”- to be artsy, crafty, FUN, creative, silly.
Here are some of the results: