Hello my dedicated readers 🙂 With just a few days until I’m off to Toronto for Miss Teenage Canada, I just wanted to write this post to share my experiences with fundraising for Free the Children, the official charity of Miss Teenage Canada.
Ever since I was in elementary school, I have had a strong connection with Free the Children and its mission. In grade 5 I joined a club at my school called Paws With a Cause, a fundraising club that works closely with Free the Children. With my experience with this club, I had the opportunities to attend We Day, fundraise for the earthquakes in Japan at Haiti. In grade 7, I also wrote a speech about the founder of Free the Children, Craig Kielburger and all the amazing work he did. I placed third place with this speech as I was very passionate about my subject. From these experiences, I began my journey with Free the Children.
I cannot express how grateful and excited I am that Free the Children is the official Charity of the Miss Teenage Canada Organization. To fundraise for this charity, I recently took part in two initiatives. First, I want to talk about a charity music concert I helped out with my classmates, at freezie sales at my school!
On June 5, 2015, the second annual Baroquen Strings concert was held. This concert is organized by my classmates and this year, I was honoured to have Free the Children as one of the official charities, along with the Tikun Olam Gogos and Mailing Smiles. As an official charity head of this concert, I was asked to help spread the word about this concert and also perform a tap dance solo! I am so grateful to everyone who came out to support this cause. The concert itself was absolutely amazing. There were performances ranging from piano and violin, to ballroom dancing and Chinese harp! The event was an absolute success and I was able to raise a significant amount of money from it! Another opportunity that stemmed from this experience is my becoming a board director with the Canadians for Youth Leadership and Action Non profit organization!! This organization is a support system for passionate individuals who have a great idea for a charitable event but need funding or expertise. For more info, go here!
The second fundraiser I held was perfect for the hot summer! I help freezie sales at my school carnival and in my school cafeteria for the entire month of June, three times a week. I had a lot of help from my friends. I couldn’t do it without them, or my dad who brought the freezies to my school everyday!
My final fundraiser was an online bake sale in support of Free the Children and my pageant expenses. I was thinking very hard of a final fundraiser to hold and this one seemed like the most practical and fun! My sister and I took orders from family and friends and delivered the baked goods the next day. There were times when we had so many orders that we stayed up past midnight making them!! It was sooo difficult trying not to eat ALL of the things I made. However, I do admit that I ate some of the baked goods 🙂
All in all, fundraising for Free the Children was an incredible 6 week experience. Along with the many monetary donations that I received as well as the fundraising events, I was able to raise around $2000 for this amazing charity. I learned many skills such as asking for donations, managing my time and just becoming a selfless person. I hope that everyone who reads this post tries to do something for the community in the near future if you haven’t already. If you have, try to think outside of the box. What can you do differently than others before you? When you set your mind to something, you will surely succeed.
The next time I blog, I will most likely be recounting my experiences at Miss Teenage Canada. Wish me all the best!
Miss Teenage Burnaby 2015 🙂