This past weekend was a full one in our city. There were so many fantastic events going on and we were blessed to have taken part in two of them.
I’m writing about them after the fact because they were great experiences for our family, and hopefully being aware of them will help us be on the look out for more opportunities like them in the future.
A couple of weeks ago, a friend posted a link for the Children’s Wish Foundation “Walk for Wishes” event. One of the components was a children's mini run that children could register for and take part in. After talking with my five-year-old son, we decided to register him.
We were then able to instigate multiple conversations, explaining why the run was taking place and the need to ask others for pledges and support. He created his own fundraising goal and then made phone calls to family members or asked friends face-to-face if they would consider pledging his run.
It opened doors for many conversations about what the beneficiary children face daily with doctors and their illnesses, and how we can help in a small way by helping provide a wish come true.
He trained during the week for his run by running the .6 kilometres to the park, and then back again, and was raring to go on race day. He ran the whole race with his super cape and was grinning ear to ear at the finish line. It was a wonderful experience and he was thrilled with his medal.
We also got to take part in the Canada Post “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive for the Salvation Army. This is the second year we’ve done it and the kids are starting to understand more and more about the needs in our community and how they can actively help meet those needs.
I am so thankful for the individuals in our city who tackle organizing these types of events that give us opportunities to give of ourselves! I’m looking forward to seeing more and more families taking part in them.