My daughter Hayley’s first birthday is quickly approaching and in honour of this special day we are having a party! Not just any party though, we are foregoing the usual gifts like toys and clothes and instead holding a fund raiser for Variety, The Children’s Charity. Most of you who read this blog on a regular basis already know Hayley’s story, if you don’t you can read about it here. We think that giving back is a gift that will benefit not only Hayley, but many other families and kids who need help when faced with similar circumstances. Having a child who is in need of ongoing or emergency medical care is a frightening and helpless time in a family’s life and without the support of Variety many children and their families would face a much darker future.
The party will have cake and balloons and all of the things you would expect at a kids party, minus the presents, but it will also have places to make donations, info on how to donate online and a silent auction. The silent auction was Lyndsey’s idea and I was a little confused at first as to where the items for this auction would come from. We had a friend and fellow tweeter, Heather Vince, suggest that I use this blog and my Twitter presence to drum up some items from some local businesses. The amazing outpouring of generosity that followed was and still is overwhelming to say the least. Lyndsey and her sister have managed to round up auction items from Dead Frog Brewery, Domaine de Chamberton Winery in Langley and Shanny Bows. I have received items and or verbal confirmation of items or services from The Roaming Dragon, Tinhorn Creek Winery in Oliver BC, Paul Stirfry in Yaletown, Barcelona Nightclub and a few others that I am patiently waiting to confirm. The items I have received have all come through my own Social Network on Twitter and through this blog. These are people that I have never met, except for Jason at Gourmet Syndicate who I met once. Truly touching that they would see fit to help with this small fundraiser, I can’t thank them enough. There will also be a few awesome gift baskets put together by various friends and family along with a 50/50 draw.
I will keep you posted on how much we raise and any other auction items that come our way, we are open to any items as all of the proceeds are going to Variety. If you would like to send us some love or even attend the party shoot me an email and I’ll see what I can do. I really can’t thank those who have helped us enough other than to say that I am forever indebted to all of you and I can’t wait to return the favour!!