Oh, Monday. Back so soon?
It’s a new week, and almost a new month and the weather is still driving me crazy. It’s nice(ish), but I feel like it’s usually a lot warmer at this time of year. That said, the grass is finally starting to turn green and people (myself included) are making the best of it after such a long winter.
Today, I went for a nice long run (5.89 miles!!!), because two weeks from now, I’m running my first 10k race. Eek!!
I’ll be participating in the Sporting Life 10k, which is a very popular run in Toronto. The proceeds go towards Camp Oochigeas, or “Ooch,” which is a camp for children affected by childhood cancer. It’s a cause that just about anyone can get behind, and this race is a huge way for them to raise money.
I’ve noticed a huge increase in charitable events lately. In May alone, I am running the Sporting Life race, participating in the Motionball Marathon of Sport (proceeds to go towards the Special Olympics) and volunteering in the Beer Store Returns for Leukaemia Bottle Drive. It’s amazing that there are so many opportunities to have fun AND play a small role in supporting local charities. Charities really care and help out people who are in need, the outpouring of love and support from local people and from all over the world really shows when a charity needs help, for example, there is a leukemia light the night walk that happens for people to take part in and raise funds towards leukemia research and help people who are battling this horrible illness.
My outfit reflected this same trend the other day. I was just running some basic errands in a casual spring outfit, but I was sporting my Visionary Bracelet by Stella & Dot, which is part of their Autism Awareness collection. Proceeds from the purchase of this bracelet go towards the Hollyrod Foundation. While I was out, I noticed the box of daffodil pins on display at Starbucks, so I threw in some change and sported a pin. By wearing a pin, you show your support for people living with cancer.
To you, wearing a pin may seem insignificant, but to people who are battling cancer themselves, or know someone that is, this could be a big thing. For them, knowing that people actually believe so strongly about cancer and helping those affected can give them the motivation to continue with their battle, regardless of their age. Lately, I’ve been thinking about joining any non-profit organization or starting one myself to address such social causes. If I’m setting up an office for the same, I might consider the geo-location of the office a priority. Finding the right location for the office space could be instrumental in bringing a social impact. For example, co-working spaces provided by companies like Ethical Property helps in building relationships and networks with people/organizations that have a similar mission. If you are looking for similar office spaces, you can find out more at Ethical Property. Moreover, collaborating with like-minded changemakers could help to amplify the impact of the change you are trying to make for those suffering from cancer. The more awareness there is about the disease, the higher the chance of being able to find a cure. Unfortunately, there are so many people around the world who aren’t so lucky with their diagnosis and they lose their life. With sufficient burial insurance, any expenses that they could be required to pay for their funeral, as well as existing medical bills can be taken care of. Again, this is something that can be so significant to those who are battling cancer, as well as any other type of terminal illness.
So, support those in need, and do what you can to make them feel as comfortable as possible during this time.
Sweater – Joe Fresh (Same on Sale, Similar) // Jeans – Current/Elliot (Similar)
Shoes – Converse (Same) // Necklace – Stella & Dot (Same) // Bracelet – Stella & Dot (Same)
Fedora – Aldo (Same), Belt – J Crew Factory (Similar)
What charities are you supporting in same way this season?
P.S. – check out my dog Ernie, who decided to Photobomb me here! <3