Hello friends and family!
This year I'm participating in the Queen’s ASUS Orientation fundraiser to support the mission of the Canadian Cancer Society.
(You don’t need to read my whole spiel, but I encourage you to read what’s bolded!!)
ASUS Orientation has now partnered with CCS for three years strong, raising over $200,000 in previous years. This money goes towards research programs, as well as local endeavours such as the Wheels of Hope program. The Wheels of Hope program is funded by CCS and has thousands of volunteers who drive cancer patients to and from their appointments when they would otherwise be unable to make them. This service, alongside all the other incredible services CCS offers are part of the reason I am so eager to participate in fundraising this year.
This year I have set a hefty goal of $1500 that I want to raise for CCS, and I believe it is very possible with your help. Now I understand that donating in itself is a reward, however, to spice things up a bit I have set additional “rewards” for you all to see once certain goals are achieved. Perhaps you’re thinking that these “rewards” may not be worthwhile, but trust me I have thought very hard about challenges I’m sure you will all be intrigued by. The goals are as follows.
$250 - I will dye my hair a crazy colour determined by someone other than myself
$500 - Maybe I’ll smell like shrek afterward but I will eat a whole (reasonably large) raw onion
$750 - I will jump in Lake Ontario in Kingston for 1 whole week at 6 am, every morning!
$1000 - I will painfully be waxing my legs as much as I can possibly stand
$1500 - I will also painfully be eating a ghost pepper, or eating ghost pepper hot sauce, regardless I will likely turn the colour of a tomato and I’m sure it will be fun to watch (for you)
Every $100 - At every $100 mark I will go around the Kingston community and pick up a large garbage bag full of trash
Every $1 - For every dollar donated I will also be doing 1 pushup (this will be an honor system goal)
All the large goals will be filmed and released to you ASAP for you to enjoy!
If you’d like to read a more personal story about why I am so passionate about fundraising for cancer research you can see that below.
My passion for fundraising stems greatly from two people in my life: my uncle and my father. Having a family member pass away from cancer is an extremely impactful experience and one that I will never forget. It has been a few years now since my uncle passed away from cancer and for a long time there wasn’t a single day that I didn’t think about him. Even today I am reminded about him during the most random of times and have slowly begun to understand how truly terrible of a disease cancer really is. So to all the other families and individuals out there who have had similar experiences I am so sorry. I can only imagine the pain and anger felt amongst those who have lost friends, parents, siblings and children to this awful disease.
I also mentioned that one of the individuals who most inspired my passion for fundraising was my father and I’ll explain why. When I was a child we used to go to the local Terry Fox run nearly every year, and even though I was quite the chubby kid and didn’t necessarily run, I always remember having fun watching the event unfold and the mass fundraising which it brought. It wasn’t until years later when my father volunteered to run the event that I started to understand it a bit better. However, the run wasn’t the impressive thing to me at that point, rather it was the effort and determination I saw my father putting into organizing this event that has inspired me for so many years. Many people, including myself at times, like to think that we can’t have a large impact on worldwide events, yet I have witnessed time and time again the opposite. Watching my father put this event together year after year and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars has shown me that it is possible to take that step and make a change even if that change comes slowly.
As much as I still fail to understand about cancer, one thing I know for certain is our fundraising matters and that the money we put into this now will help hundreds of thousands of people in the future. And at the end of the day, if I can help anyone struggling with cancer, or even just alleviate some of the stress from a family experiencing it, I would do anything, including waxing my legs :)
Thank you so much for your support!