500 Thank-Yous

For the fourth time in a row, I have to say “thank you.” For the fourth time in a row I participated in the cause that is nearest to my heart.

As of this morning, I offer 500 thank-yous for the $500 donated to the Comox Valley BC SPCA by my friends, family and readers. What may not seem like a huge number will make a huge impact on the lives and well-being of animals in British Columbia. As I previously paraphrased the very wise Mahatma Ghandi:

The greatness of [British Columbia] and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

This year, as the time drew near for the Paws For A Cause walk, I started to feel disheartened. By the time my friend, Erin, and I were making our way to Stanley Park for yesterday’s walk, I’d made up my mind that 2011 was to be my last year participating.

The evening before I was discussing my annual fundraising endeavour with J and what he said was simple: “people are fatigued from donating.” It’s true and it makes fundraising even more tough when you hit up the same people year after year for the same cause year after year.

Yesterday the sun was shining and thousands had converged on Stanley Park for the 2011 Paws For A Cause. In that instant, as in the years previous, my heart instantly soared and I said to myself: “I can’t not do this next year!” Erin agreed and we set a plan in motion.

Paws Crew

Whatever it is that compels me to care so deeply about animal welfare in our Province, I don’t know. Perhaps it’s because, unlike humans, they have no voice and are entirely at the mercy and grace of humankind. Next year, instead of asking my friends, my family and my readers for donations, Erin and I are teaming up and tackling this from a new angle.

Instead of writing “please donate” blog posts and e-mails, we’ll be baking up “please donate” cupcakes and collecting “please donate” pop bottles and whatever else she and I can think of. The truth is that people can be more compelled to give when they get more than just a tax receipt out of the deal. There are 101 ideas by which we can raise funds, rather than just asking.

That said, if you have any ideas of things we can do to raise funds by getting our hands dirty, let’s hear ’em…

7 Comments on “500 Thank-Yous

  1. That’s awesome, congrats on your fundraising! That’s a good idea to take a new approach to something your passionate about so you don’t burn yourself out and lose sight of what’s important. :)

  2. That is a fantastic idea! Yes, I think it’s fundraising fatigue on all sides. I would certainly pay for your fantastic baked goods. I can contribute some of my craft items to any fundraisers you might have, if you’re interested :)

  3. It is tough to fundraise this year with all that has been going on in the world and all the causes that have been asking for money. I am so glad that you are not giving up though and I will make sure I donate to your cause next year too. Your work is so important. Good work!!

  4. This year has been bizarre for the most tragic cruelty cases and the lowest donations – but we keep plugging on because we have to defend our family (how we view our precious animals) and have to speak for them…my darling Kay, your $500 has helped save the 11 precious bunnies I had surrendered last week from a cruelty investigation who were matted and had mites: now they’re happy and healthy- on behalf of the animals and the BCSPCA we want to say THANK YOU and LUUUUUUUUV YOU!

    Special Provincial Constable for the BCSPCA Cruelty Department~Angela Mead – and blessed friend of Keira Anne :)

    Life is grand with wonderful people in your hand,xxoo

  5. Beer bottle drive….door to door. Bring some kids with you wearing SPCA Paws for a Cause t-shirts

  6. Beer bottle drive….door to door. Bring some kids with you wearing SPCA Paws for a Cause t-shirts

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