Text from my Personal Page
I am fortunate to have been born in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We live in a city and country of plenty. There is no shortage of food to eat, places to live, things to see and activities to participate in.
In life there are two things that we cannot control; "Where we are born" and "Where we will die".
When you are born into a third world country you don't know if you will get clean water, be safe from natural disasters while living in a home that is not very strong, have food to eat today or live to see your fifth birthday. It's easier to avoid thinking of these things. Maybe thinking about these things makes you feel bad. So logically, helping would make you feel good.
Anyone that knows me knows I like the material and good things in life; but I also care a lot, and also want and do help. I have always been passionate about charities and have fundraised or donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Heart & Stroke, Parkinson's, Arthritis Society, World Vision Canada, Covenant House, Big Brothers, Ride to Conquer Cancer and BC Cancer Foundation. I want my life to count. I want to help someone who doesn't have the tools to have a better life without our help.
This summer, I am heading to Cambodia to be part of a world bigger than the one I know at home. With a team of volunteers from across Canada, I am going to experience life with people in the developing world who are making their way out of poverty.
Over the coming months, I will be learning about some of challenges of global poverty, and about sustainable community development initiatives that can help people build better lives. For three weeks in July 2013, I will live in a rural village in Cambodia, meet and learn from local families whose lives are being transformed by clean water, improved agriculture, and dry-season rice farming. I will work alongside the community in building a school that will allow children to have access to a quality education. Please visit www.hope-international.com/union to learn more about the program I am participating in. I would be happy to share more with you about my own motivations and goals for being a part of this experience.
I know my eyes will be opened and I expect to never be the same again after taking part in this experience in understanding the needs of the poor and how I can partner with the world’s poor to make a difference. Would you join me in this journey by making a donation of $50, $100, or $250?
All contributions over $20 are tax deductible.
Thank you for your time. Namaste.