When you hear the word “Charity” you might immediately think you have to sponsor a child or make a hefty donation, however there are so many other ways you are able to help make a difference such as;
-Donating clothes / items
-Helping the soup kitchen
-Buying a ribbon or item to support a specific cause
-Running a mini marathon
-Giving food to the homeless on the streets
-Purchasing something from a charity auction
-Attending a charity event
-Or making a small donation ( every penny counts )
Ever since I was a child I would watch “ World Vision “ over and over again, and tell my mom that we absolutely needed to sponsor a child. My family had a different approach and would gather up many of our clothes each month and donate them to “Big brothers, Big Sisters “. That activated me to develop a passion for helping people in any way I could.
To this day I try my best to get people involved with giving back to the community or to people in need. Whether I am hosting a charity event, handing out personalized cards or buying food for the homeless in any which way it makes me feel as I am serving my purpose and making someone else’ day better than it had been before.
Because of my strong passion for charity work, I decided to get into pageantry and ran for Miss World Canada 2013. With this specific pageant It pushed me even further to get involved with events, and a large organizations for children with disabilities such as “The Variety Children’s Charity”. One of the proudest moments of my life was standing with my fellow delegates and holding a cheque for $64,000 for Variety. Just the thought that 35 women together raised that much money and made that much of a positive imprint in many families and children’s lives is such an exhilarating feeling.
My short term goal is to be able to build a school in Kenya Africa as I feel that there are so many intelligent, driven young people and if they don’t have access to an education source they don’t have the chance to discover their true potential. My long term goal is to have my own charity organization that can deliver funds to multiple causes that I am very passionate about.
“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
The Karebear Community
I started ” The Karebear Community ” in 2014, as another online platform that is used to help get people in the community involved with giving back. The first mission was launched on Thanksgiving where I purchased a large bag full of blankets, clothing, scarves, mittens, socks and personalized Thanks Giving cards and handed them out to those I could find sleeping on the streets of downtown Toronto. The feed back I received from the people I spoke with on the streets was incredible. Everyone was very much appreciative and I felt like I was able to personally reach out to many people that day and make their Thanksgiving day that much better. The Karebear community also promotes international charity work and giving back to the area of which you are visiting. In the last year, we have completed charitable acts in Paris, Shanghai, Nicaragua and Vancouver.
The Karebear Community is always looking for more local volunteers to join the group and contribute their time and creativity. Please visit, https://www.facebook.com/thekarebearcommunity
The Women’s Interval House
To provide an immediate, safe alternative to an abusive family setting for women and children, and to enhance personal dignity by working towards the elimination of family violence.
Giving back to the community is very important to me because I feel that each of us that has the ability to provide extra love and support to those in need. Below is a list of charities I am active with and fully support.
Variety The Children’s Charity
Together, raising funds and distributing grants throughout British Columbia to inspire hope, enrich lives, and build a better future for children who have special needs. The help Variety provides is the foundation of the organization. Each year Variety supports children who have special needs and organizations who provide services to children in every corner of our province.
” We save lives with funding for medical equipment and medication as well as expenses associated with emergency out-of-town hospital visits.”
“We change lives by funding costly mobility equipment, hearing devices, van conversions and residential upgrades.”
“We enrich lives with grants for specialized camps as well as provide bursaries for developmental and educational programs.”
My first charity event in Toronto, raising money for Variety
Operation Smile mobilizes its network of more than 5,400 medical volunteers from more than 80 countries who donate their time and talents to provide safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, and deliver postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle income countries. Since 1982, Operation Smile has provided more than 220,000 free surgical procedures for children and young adults.
Our volunteer-based teams of international medical professionals repair cleft deformities, but equally important, they restore hope and renew lives by improving the physical, mental and social well-being of each child.
April 7th, 2016
Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the annual Karebear Community charity event. We raised $2500 for Operation Smile and The Interval House Toronto.