Thursday, August 23, 2007

It's All Around Us

It's an exciting time to be alive folks... summer is with us for another month, the kids go back to school in about 2 weeks, and most noteably, there are some great causes to get behind to share the wealth, opportunity, and priveledge that bought you the computer you are using to read this right now.

For those of you who have followed Tim Harriman's journey ( across Canada to raise money for the Children's Cancer Foundation, he is finishing his 7738km journey tomorrow! Over 3000 people have signed his petition to name September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and nearly $100,000.00 has been raised to those efforts! During Tim's ride, he cycled with 2 other riders doing the same thing - rasing money for the same cause!

In 3 weeks time, the brave souls of Team H2V ( will host the kickoff event that precedes their 6000+km journey non-stop from Halifax to Vancouver in an astonishing and record-breaking 9 days!!! This monumental event will hopefully lead to over $1,000,000.00 being raised to fight juvenile diabetes; an affliction that one of the riders' daughters' is currently suffering with.

There is money being raised for the victims of Hurricane Dean (and you can bet more will be raised if that Class 5 Hurricane reaches the United States)...

the list goes on. The point is, I've spent considerable time with each of the brave and noble souls behind these legendary events, and the one thing that grabbed me was; exceptional as they ALL may be - NONE were so different than you or I that we can't do something great too.

The thing that separates the aforementioned heroes is not that they were born more athletic... it is just their unwavering care and dedication to take time from their lives and give of themselves to help their fellow mankind. THAT is what I hope you will take from today's blog, and give to a charity close to your heart; be it kids or cancer or adult reading campaigns or women's shelters... there are countless ways to give.

The great news is - you don't need to be overwhelmed at how many people need help. There are 6.5 billion people in the world; and we all have our own vested interests. Pick something close to your heart... and give (time, energy, money, yourself, whatever).

But Give - because we all can.

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