When my family decided to visit a local charity carnival this past weekend, I had no intention of writing a story about it. In fact, I didn’t even bring our good camera as I figured the iPhone was more than enough to capture a few shots of the kids having fun.
The minute we arrived at the location, I realized very quickly that leaving the camera at home was a huge mistake because something very special was happening.
I didn’t know anything about the event other than the fact that it was for charity and it had the word carnival in it, which was good enough for me. To be honest, when we pulled up to the address and I saw that it was being held on someone’s front lawn instead of at a park, I was kind of shocked.
It took about 3 seconds for the shock to wear off. Once I saw all the kids sitting at their work stations, I knew we were in for something special and it certainly didn’t disappoint!
Luckily, I recognized one of the parent organizers, Pam Dixon, and pestered her for information about what was going on. Here’s what she had to say about the event.
“Two of the girls (one of whom is her daughter) both like doing things, so they decided that they should get a group together of kids and do things together for the community, environment, charities, etc. They called themselves “The Charity Group” and now have 15 kids involved, with 4 others who are interested but not able to make meetings yet.”
The group even have their own blog, which I linked to above and Pam says that “it is run with supervision by one of our charity group members. As you can see from some of his posts, he is pretty great! A few group members and the adult supervisors can post on the blog.”
Back to the charity carnival, the kids had a goal of raising $200 for the Canadian Cancer Society and at last count, I was told that they had raised over $700! It’s no wonder, the place was packed the whole time we were there and the events were amazing! From a puppet show and snow cones to a bake sale and even a Fortune Teller, this carnival was well planned out by the kids.
The whole time we were there, I was left shocked in amazement over how these young kids had the awareness and selflessness to want to help others instead of doing things for themselves. It was truly inspiring and even made me look at my own life and what I was doing to make the world a better place.
Clearly the answer was, Not Enough. There’s nothing in it for these kids except the joy of knowing that they are helping others in a time of need and that is the most truly inspiring part of it all.
I know I keep using the world inspired but that’s exactly what happened to me that day. I was inspired. Inspired to look at myself and what I can do for the greater good. Inspired to teach my children the values that these kids have clearly learned from their parents. Inspired to spread the word about wonderful children like the ones involved with this Charity Group. Most importantly, I was inspired to get out there and do something good for someone else.
In a world where a lot of things can go wrong, these kids are a reminder of all the things that are right. Thank You to the Charity Group, for putting on a great event and for inspiring the rest of us to get off our butts and contribute to the world in a meaningful way! You and your parents should all be very proud of yourselves!
Here’s a few more pictures and a video of my kids’ favourite activity from the carnival, where you pop a balloon with a prize written on a piece of paper inside. We scored huge, winning 2 treasure chest toys, a couple tattoos and a delicious tray of chocolate chip muffins (which I ate swiftly)….
So much fun! Before I left, I asked Pam Dixon if the Charity Group had any other messages to relay and this is what she had to say.
“I think the Charity Group could be done anywhere and the kids are quite excited to hear that other kids have been inspired or motivated by them to do something in their own area. You are never too young to do something (granted you need parent support), but it does not need to be big, you can clean up a park, sing at the senior’s centre, make cards to sell door to door, have a bake sale – all of it shows you are interested in your community and want to make it better and want to make a difference.”
That’s it for this week’s Canadian Spotlight. I hope you took away as much as I did from this experience and I can’t wait to see what the Charity Group has planned for us next!