There are so many lessons that I think are critical to share with children, but one of the most important teachings, that weaves itself through so many aspects of our lives, is the importance of philanthropy.
Imparting the spirit of giving is valuable for so many reasons. First of all, it curbs the “gimmes” very quickly if you remind your children of those less fortunate than they (this is one of the reasons that birthday parties where the guest of honour donates to a charity are so popular today). Giving also provides a very powerful boost of self-esteem to a child, because they realize their own importance in the transaction. Finally, for a bigger and more altruistic reason, I want my children to recognize that by giving back, they are creating a better world for all.
How do I share this lesson with my kids?
I teach them by telling stories about my own fundraising efforts. I don’t know that I’ve ever felt more proud than at the end of my “Marathon of Hope Bake Sale” in grade five, when I donated over $100 to Terry Fox’s cause.
I teach them by example. I’ve climbed the CN Tower to raise funds for World Wildlife Fund. I’ve run in races to raise funds for Prostate Cancer Research, Camp Oochigeas and Breast Cancer research.
I teach them by supporting their burgeoning philanthropic endeavours. Their public school organizes jump-a-thons, read-a-thons, dance-a-thons and regular bake sales. I’m happy to put my money where my mouth is by sponsoring their participation.
While all of these are important in their philanthropic education, I’ve been looking for a way that our entire family can be involved in a fundraiser, and I think I’ve found a great one.
This September 27, we’re looking at participating in The Canaccord Genuity Great Camp Adventure Walk to benefit SickKids . This event is a family adventure to benefit SickKids Hospital. Over the course of a single day, more than a thousand walkers – of all ages – will take to the streets of downtown Toronto, united in a common goal of supporting SickKids and helping improve children’s health.
Families can enjoy a full day of adventure, and challenge themselves by walking 5, 10, 15 or 20 km, with stops at fun-filled campsites along the way. Each themed campsite offers unique games and activities that will challenge and entertain.
We all know that kids learn best by doing, so if you’re serious about sharing the importance of philanthropy, why not look into The Canaccord Genuity Great Camp Adventure Walk and join us?
This post was brought to you by The SickKids Foundation, however the opinions and images are my own.