Go BIG or go home
As soon as the idea for 100in100.ca was born i knew straight away that it presented a phenomenal opportunity to do good for others, so adding a fundraising element was just a natural progression in the evolution of The Challenge. Being that The Challenge itself was pretty crazy to start with, i felt that it was only appropriate to give it a crazy fundraising target – that is when the $1,000,000 number jumped into my head!
Finding a worthy cause
I now had a challenge & a fundraising target, the next major decision revolved around the question “Who should i raise the $1,000,000 for when there are so many worthy causes in the world?”
So i did what most people do these days when they don’t know the answer to a question, I Googled it! My very first search was: ‘Canadian Golf Charities’ and at the top of the results on page one was The Mike Weir Foundation.
I reviewed the foundation’s website and saw a button for the ‘Mike Weir Miracle Golf Drive for Kids‘, I clicked on it and was taken to a page with a banner at the top (see below) that read “Join Me In Raising $10 million For Children’s Health” signed Mike Weir.
I thought to myself “you know what Mike, i think i will, how does a $1m contribution sound?” It seemed to me like my fundraising target of $1m would align very nicely with his goal of reaching $10 million to benefit Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across Canada.
Children’s Miracle Network
As fate would have it a close friend of mine (Michelle Raymond) has done some fundraising work for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) in her role as a Remax Realtor in Vancouver. She told me about some of the fabulous work CMN does and after perusing their website i decided that the prospect of helping 1,000’s of sick & injured children across Canada was the perfect fit given the national coverage of both the challenge and CMN hospitals.
Like with anything in life, when you focus on something you start to notice it appearing everywhere. Since i announced that i would be raising funds to benefit CMN hospitals i have noticed so many stories from friends and friends of friends about their kid(s) visiting one such facility. It seems like everyone knows at least one child that has been a patient at some point and that’s no surprise when you look at some statistics from BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Has the life of someone you know been touched by the work of a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital? Please share your inspiring stories below, it will be great motivation!