ART FOR IMPACT

I have always had a deep passion to make a difference in someone’s life in whichever way I can. When the opportunity to volunteer at an art event spear headed by World Vision, I didn’t hesitate to seize the opportunity. The “Art for Impact” event that was held at OCAD University amazed me, not only did I get the opportunity to get in touch with my inner child but also interacted with diverse youth. All this was for a worthy cause, to assist children affected by famine in East Africa.

I got to the venue at around 3o’clock to assist with the set up and was so impressed at the dedication of the artists who were already present, I could tell that their pieces of art were done with so much love and commitment.

When looking around I could feel in my gut that this was going to be awesome and I was right. I was assigned the task of reaching out to students and have them come in and join in on the fun. This activity wasn’t all rosy as I encountered people who were receptive to the information I was giving and those who were not, however, by the end of the day I managed to get a good number of people to attend our event.

After that I also joined in on the fun. People were painting while mingling, music and laughter engulfed the atmosphere and the MC was tremendous. The energy he put in on his work remained constant, I could tell that he was passionate about his job.

What crowned the moment for me was the talk from our very own coach Justin. His talk on the urgency and importance of the youth to be change makers moved me to the core and got me reflecting about my purpose of being on this earth.

The next time you here of a World Vision event don’t think twice about coming! I can assure you will not leave being the same person – Thank me later. 🙂

DO THE FAMINE

The 30-hour famine is a fundraiser focused on raising funds and awareness to end hunger. During the famine, participants fast and participate in different activities. Every year thousands of youth and students in Canada come together to advocate and raise funds for hungry children and families. The 30-hour famine started back in 1971. A 17-year-old girl named Ruth Roberts and 14 of her friends staged a “starve-in” in a church basement in Calgary to draw attention to the plight of African children suffering during a continent-wide famine. “We chose to stop eating for a day and a half so we could understand, even in a small way, what those children were experiencing,” recalls Ruth. The group of friends raised $600 for World Vision to help victims of famine.

The 30-hour famine is important because you are challenging yourself to learn more about the issues, raise awareness, fundraise for the cause and fast for 30 hours to experience what others are going through. Through the 30-hour famine, you have directly helped communities in Kenya and South Sudan, providing the essentials to over 90,000 people.

While talking to one of our super-star Youth Ambassadors, Hanna Lynch, she shared about her past experiences in doing the 30-hour famine with her youth group at Port Elgin United Church. Hanna’s advice to encourage people to participate in your 30-hour famine event would be to invite your community, send emails to friends and family to spread the awareness, and to not be afraid to ask for donations. During each one of Hanna’s events, they created a theme as a way to get the community excited about the event. Last year, the theme was Disney Pixar, all of the games and activities revolved around that theme. Aside from games, they also have a portion of time set aside for random acts of kindness, where they do different things for the community such as writing cards for nursing homes. Hanna says doing the 30-hour famine is important to her because it takes 30 hours out of her busy schedule to focus and do something that is foreign to her, but second nature to so many people around the world. While traveling to Kenya last year with World Vision, Hanna was able to see things first-hand: new farming techniques, new water pump stations, and less distance for people to travel for water. Talking with the beneficiaries showed her how grateful and appreciative these communities were, which helps to push and encourage her to help in whatever way she can.

Doing the 30-hour famine is a way to show that you are supportive and self-less. Being able to support the families and communities in Kenya and South Sudan by giving any small donation is helping in ways you couldn’t imagine. With any small donation that you give, we are one step closer to help end the famine. By being self-less you are showing the people in these countries that they are important and that you are thinking about them and are willing to help. Make a change by hosting a 30-hour famine with your family and friends in your community today to help make a difference in someone’s life. Be supportive! Be self-less!