My 1st TuneIn and StepUp Challenge for 2014: Supporting 20 families who have been affected by flooding in St. Lucia

Every single day I ask myself, “What can I do to create a positive change in someone else’s life?”

Sometimes, it is as simple as having a conversation or buying a coffee for someone.  Sometimes it is taking care of myself so that I can have the energy to take care of others.  Sometimes, it is being strict with my children to make sure that I fulfill my responsibilities as a parent to raise them to be responsible citizens. Sometimes, it is as complex as my job in helping others reach their employment goals.

This month, I have taken on a new  challenge – my challenge is to support 20 families in St. Lucia who were affected  by a trough on December 24th, 2013.  This trough created havoc on the island, caused flooding which destroyed hundreds of homes and infrastructure to the cost of  one hundred million dollars. Although there has been support to victims from the international community, I feel compelled to do something which will offer some relief to families who have lost their belongings and are trying to rebuild their lives.  St. Lucians all over the world have been doing the same!

I  teamed up with the St. Lucia Ottawa Association, which is also fund-raising to aid flood victims too. I engaged with my amazing work place,  colleagues and  friends to join in the challenge.  My colleague Jack DuJong who is the head of our fund-raising committee at work,  happily headed the first initiative for the challenge – a potluck fund-raising lunch on February 5th.

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(Jack and I above with the amazing german, chocolate, caramel walnut cake,which Unita Louis donated to the raffle)

Our colleagues supported it, brought in great food and donated great items of clothing, food, toiletries and bedding for our 20 families. We run a raffle with the top prize being 2 tickets to the St. Lucia Independence Day Gala on February 22nd at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa.  Unita Louis donated two amazing cakes (one which we raffled), plus a basket of the most delicious bread to sell!  We presented a video about St. Lucia and promoted the island as a top destination for travel!

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It was an amazing and successful lunch filled with positive energy and a great spirit of community.

The results:  We raised $612 plus collected lots of great clothing items, toiletries and bedding for our 20 families and even sold some more tickets for the gala!  I think that everyone now has St. Lucia on their list of travel destinations!

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(presenting Nathalie Perterkin, Chair of the entertainment committee of the ST.Lucia Ottawa Association, with the funds)

My challenge will continue until the end of February by which time I hope to have enough items of food, clothing, toiletries and bedding  to give to those twenty families on behalf of all of us.  Through the St. Lucia Ottawa Association, we have secured free shipping of the goods to St. Lucia.

How can you help?

  • You can contact me if you would like to make a donation.
  • You can contact the St. Lucia Ottawa Association, which is a registered charitable organization and make your donation through their PayPal account.  Check out the link:
  • You can buy a ticket for the St. Lucia Independence Day Gala in Ottawa on February 22nd.  It is always a great evening filled with entertainment and  I love the dancing part at the end of the night! It is also at a great place – The Westin Hotel!

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To learn more about the trough which affected St. Lucia, you can access the following links:

Press Release by the Government of St. Lucia

Video Footage:

TuneIn to “something” which you can work at to make a difference in the lives of others!  StepUp and  take a small action step to move that “something” to reality.  What is your challenge for this year?  Want to join me on my 1st Challenge?



Author: Mags

Live this moment, as if it were your last moment. Live with purpose and die happily exhausted knowing that you used every bit of your talent to serve life fully. Live your soul mission - the universe will conspire with you to move you from vision to mission.

4 thoughts on “My 1st TuneIn and StepUp Challenge for 2014: Supporting 20 families who have been affected by flooding in St. Lucia”

  1. Magdalene, thanks so much. I shared your blog on my facebook. Thanks for your support. I would have loved to attend, but was away. You work with great people who care about others. I hope I can attend another event like that at your work (for any other fundraising-for any country in need) I belive this is our purpose here on earth, to do good for one another. I began to imagine if all who cared like you did the same thing at their work; how much we could accomplish-
    When I read what people like you are doing in their corner-The first two lines of the St.Lucia anthem hums in my head” Sons and daughters of St. Lucia- Love the land that gave us birth”
    Many thanks- to your coworkers, Unita, Antoine, Nathalie, and Helen.


  2. Thank you Noella. It has been a pleasure working on this project. I thank God for all the people across the world and St. Lucia who have inspired me to rise and be who I am today. We all need to pull each other up… and I feel good today to be able to give back some of love wherever and can. You too are an inspiration for ourcommunity.


  3. It is heart warming to see that we all “love the land that gave us birth”. You have done an amazing job on behalf of those families affected by the Christmas Eve trough.


  4. Thank you Jocelyn! What Ican do is so little but it is only when many of us come together that we can truly make a difference. Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate it.


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