Free the Children logo“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” -Oscar Wilde.  I feel strongly about giving back to people who need our help and I know change begins from small acts of kindness.  For these reasons I have tried my hardest to fundraise for Free The Children.  This is such an important charity for two reasons; it started with one small act of kindness and it now spans across the globe. Hopefully this blog post inspires you to make your own change in the world, one small act at a time.

With the pageant competition, I had 6 weeks to raise funds for Free The Children.  I devised a plan, one which would provide the biggest “bang for my buck”!  I opted to host a silent auction; one at my Supernova Baton Year End Recital and one at a golf tournament/BBQ at our home.  

I began my fundraising  journey by asking Spruce Grove businesses for silent auction items.  I created a silent auction request letter and approached local businesses to see if they would offer items or gift certificates.  The support from my community was overwhelming!  I’d like to thank the following businesses for each of their small acts of kindness:

  • Chatters
  • Second Cup
  • Canadian Brew House
  • The Beer Hunter
  • Gold Medal Costumes
  • Jack’s
  • Spruce Grove Flowers and Gifts
  • Perks Coffee House
  • State & Maine
  • Cheesecake Cafe
  • M&M Meat Shops
  • McDonalds
  • Safeway

IMG_1092June 4th was the Supernova Baton recital and I was honoured to be the MC for the event.  I spoke about the pageant, Free The Children fundraising, as well as my platform; raising awareness for Hereditary Hemochromatosis.   Our silent auction table was set up at the event and my Supernova family members were eager to contribute! Each of their small acts of kindness added up in a hurry!  

Graciously accepting the donations from Drayden Insurance!

Graciously accepting the donations from Drayden Insurance!

A very random act of kindness came from the people at Drayden Insurance.   Every year Drayden Insurance hosts a staff golf tournament where they donate the money raised to a charity.  This year I was fortunate that they chose both my platform and Free The Children as their chosen charities.  

The Draydon ladies love the pageant stance! :)

The Draydon ladies love the pageant stance! 🙂

I attended and helped at their event which was a great way to talk about Free The Children as well as my platform, the awareness of Hereditary Hemochromatosis.  I had a lot of fun with the organizers and the people who attended.  They are such a great group of people!

Look at how cool the invites were!  I am very punny :)

Look at how cool the invites were! I am very punny 🙂

After the Drayden golf tournament, we planned our own golf tournament/BBQ.

After all of the golfing and fundraising finished, the kids played outside until it was time to leave.

After all of the golfing and fundraising finished, the kids played outside until it was time to leave.

Friends and family came out for a fun evening of food, golf and silent auction donations.  We had to work around the rain, but it ended up being a great evening!  Thank you for everyone’s generous donations.  

Many of our family and friends live far away so in order to reach them I chose to set up a donation page for Free The Children.  I advertised this by sending the link out on Facebook and encouraged people to log in and donate.  Many people were quick to donate, and turned this little technology fundraiser into yet another success!  One by one, each small act of kindness has not gone un-noticed!  Thank you to everyone who donated online!  If you feel moved to perform your own small act of kindness, you are welcome to donate to Free The Children on the following website:

https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/FundraisingPage.aspx?registrationID=2963656&langPref=en-CA

It will remain active until July 16.  It truly warms my heart to see so many selfless, small acts of kindness!            

Thank you for listening to my blog, stay tuned for more!

Written by: Alexandra

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