Many of you know I have a landscaping business that keeps me busy from April (usually) to October here in Ottawa. What you may not know is that I need something to keep myself from going stir crazy in my offseason. Especially when the winter months are as miserable as they were this year. One of my other passions is writing, so when an opportunity came up to help update manuals for TIPES, I was keen to join this impressive group of people dedicated to helping autistic children and adults as well as their families.
TIPES is a charitable organization founded in 2007 by Jennifer and Deborah Wyatt, who just happen to be the twin daughters of my husband’s childhood friend. The business started small but has exploded exponentially with the rising need for their services and programs. The more time I spend writing, editing and revamping the policies and procedures for their manuals, the more impressed I am with this program.
As a charitable organization, TIPES relies heavily on donations and fundraising to keep their operation running smoothly. One such event is coming up soon in the form of the National Capital Race Weekend where you can support TIPES by sponsoring their Financial Officer Marnie Potter.
Even though cancer is insidious and affects many of us throughout the whole year, April is designated as cancer awareness month here in Canada. Since my mother and mother-in-law died of cancer in the mid-90s, I have done my part to raise awareness and money for cancer research by canvassing my neighbourhood each April. My neighbours are so used to me knocking at their doors every April that many of them have the cheque prepared before I get there. This is a good indicator of just how many people are affected and threatened by cancer. Although I also get to chat with my neighbours, the fact that cancer is such a huge enemy to us all and needs to be conquered makes my annual trek through the neighbourhood most rewarding.
Canvassing neighbourhoods is just one of the many ways to raise awareness and money for cancer research. Online donations are accepted around the world. You can donate as an individual or a corporation, for yourself or in memory of a loved one. You will receive a charitable receipt making your donations tax deductible. Donations can be one time, or recurring, arranged as monthly deductions from your account. You can also bequeath a donation in your will. Here are a few links to facilitate your donation:
As well as the many charitable organizations to donate money to, there are numerous charitable events you can attend or support to raise both awareness and money for cancer. Donating your time is as valuable as donating your money.
or the LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. This takes place in 11 cities throughout Canada including Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta, Halifax in Nova Scotia, Montreal and Quebec City in Quebec, Winnipeg in Manitoba, Saskatoon in Saskatchewan, Vancouver in British Columbia, and London, Toronto and Ottawa in Ontario.
One of my personal favourites is the 5th annual curling bonspiel entitled ENDS for an END to CANCER . My son and his fiancèe are involved in this fundraiser at the Richmond Curling Club, their home club here in the Ottawa area. Although I do not participate in the curling at this event, I do donate a gift certificate from my gardening company for the silent auction, one of the many ways they are raising money to support the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation…
Please donate money, time or support to any charity or charitable event supporting cancer research, treatments and care for its victims. This April or any other month of the year; together we can make a difference in the fight against cancer.