So here again is the link to the blog post where I am auctioning off my Cuddly's.
Here is the link (yes, it's up and working now!), to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. My goal for here is $250. Why am I running? It comes close to home for me. My father suffered three strokes years back in just as many days. He was lucky all it didn't affect too much. He gets tired more easily and had to retire from the Army Reserves, but he is still with us. My mother suffered an aneurysm last October and a mild stroke as her body was lying in the hospital fighting to stay alive. She survived and while things are different for her now she is alive and my parents just celebrated their 35th Wedding Anniversary. Raising money for research that could keep one more person alive seems like a no brainer. ***Note, the link is not taking people to the page. So still click on the link. Click on Events. A drop down box shows up and at the bottom is search for a participant. Click on that. Type in Sarah Manchuk and it will take you to my page.
Here is the link for the Kids of Kalivoka. For the Happy Home project that is being built. There are so many children in countries like the Ukraine that are given up by their parents to orphanages just because they are born with disabilities, or immune issues like HIV. The mentality there is like it was here approximately 50 years ago. The child is better off in the care of hospitals, in institutions. Not in the care of their loving parent. With no resources for families, they are given up to the state. This link goes to building a support home for these children who outgrow their "baby homes". It helps those children who grow out of the "baby home" and would otherwise be transfered to an institution. Those children who don't get adopted to a loving family. Here they can live a fuller life, than they otherwise would. This home is just like the support community homes we have here in Canada. This home is a step in the right direction to help change the old ideas in the Ukraine and other places like it. One person CAN make a difference. Don't have that cup of coffee this week and gift it to the kids in Kalinovka. My goal for here is also $250.
Here is the link for Bobby's Fund. Bobby is a child looking for his "Forever Family". Reece's Rainbow is a wonderful charity that helps families bring home their children. Adoption is a hefty fee, from paperwork to travel fees. So Reece's Rainbow sets up funds for children to hold this money for a particular child. This is a real charity, it does help. I have seen it first hand this past year with "Francine". The family only needed $5000 more to get their precious child. Once Francine's fund hit $5000. The last leg of the adoption was taken and the judge granted the family their daughter. So let's do this! Together!
Again, if I raise $100 in Bobby's fund and at least $150 in the fund for Kids of Kalinovka by October 15th I will dye my hair rainbow coloured. As well for every Cuddly sold $5 is going to Bobby's fund. If I get close to my goal I will tie different coloured ribbons in my hair for race day for the illusion of dyed hair. I of course have a cool outfit that I am wearing for the race for the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Half Marathon. It's outrageous. It's noticable. But it's all in the name of Healing Hearts and Lives. Join me now!