I was born in a household where I always had everything I needed. I was blessed with 2 parents, with siblings, a roof over my head, and food in my tummy.
I also grew up in a household where my father taught people in Third World Countries how to grow their own food, the proverbial “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime”.
And that has been so important for me.
In 2009, I did a research project with World Vision Africa, where I got to see first hand the poverty some people endure in this lifetime. And that is something that will stay with me forever.
Now, supporting organizations and getting involved to help others is a top priority in my life and the life of my family.
When you work with me, here are some causes you support:
1. Helping a child with cancer be a kid again, and go to camp. My family has been involved in the Tour for Kids - either as a cyclist (my husband and father-in-law) or as a volunteer (me!) - for the last 8 years! The Tour for Kids is an annual cycling event that raises money to fund 3 camps specifically for children with cancer: Camp Oochigeas (aka: Camp Ooch), Camp Charity, and Camp Trillium. 100% of the money raised goes to the camps, as each rider and volunteer pays their way. For more information and heart-wrenching stories, check out the website: http://www.tourforkids.com.
2. Helping families in the slums start entrepreneurial businesses that allow them to break out of poverty. One of the most amazing people I know, Alisha Faulkner, currently works with an organization called UNOH (Urban Neighbours of Hope) in the slums of Bangkok working with these dear people, helping them build lives for themselves. For more information check out the website: http://unoh.org and Alisha Faulkner's page: http://www.unoh.org/unoh/donations/contents/en-us/d82.html.
I am currently working on the following connections to be able to get actively involved with people in my community:
Thank you for helping me help others.
We can accomplish so much more when we work together.