Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Sparky's Fundraiser: The Challenge

Gary Spark in Winnipeg decided to raise money for SCAW in an unusual way. In September, he sent this email to several of his friends:

Here's the deal. Before the end of Sept, 2006 I am going to atempt to ride my bike from my cottage in Victoria Beach, Manitoba back to the city of Winnipeg which is 100 km. I have been thinking of doing this for many years. I have procrastinated enough. And after a fantastic recovery triple by pass heart surgery this is the year to do it.

To make it a little more fun I have decided to make this a fundraiser for Sleeping Children Around the World. SCAW:
  • does not receive government funds
  • does not advertise
  • all work is done by volunteers
  • 100% of all donations goes directly to the children
It really is a wonderful example of how charities should work.

What I am asking each of you is a donation to SCAW upon completion of at least 100 km. You can decide to donate an amount per kilometer or a lump sum for the whole trip.

I know someone is always trying to pick our collective pockets, at work, at home, on the phone and at the mall. I have only sent this email to my friends who have the biggest hearts and are very generous. So dig deep. Donate $30 or more and you'll get a photo of a child with your name on a bedkit photo. Thirty dollars is just a good bottle of red wine! Who am I kidding $30 buys me 4 or 5 bottles of wine.

Whenever I make a donation to charity I feel so great and you will too.

Winston Churchill said, "We make a living by what we Get but we make a life by what we Give."