Posted on September 12, 2011
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:
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.
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…