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. (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! 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! (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: http://www.stluciaottawa.com
- 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!