As you know, I big part of the Miss Teen Canada-World competition is fundraising for a charity called Free the Children. For those of you who don’t know much about them, here’s a bit of info from the website:
The primary goals of the organization are to free children from poverty and exploitation and free young people from the notion that they are powerless to affect positive change in the world. Through domestic empowerment programs and leadership training, Free The Children inspires young people to develop as socially conscious global citizens and become agents of change for their peers around the world.
For my major Free the Children fundraiser, I decided to host an event at work. For the last four years, I’ve been a waitress at Berwick Comox Valley. Berwick is an independant seniors living home, and I work in the diningroom. My boss is very support of me, and was happy to create a fundraiser. It was a lot of work, but worth every minute. We decided to serve a special Italian-themed dinner with wine followed by coffee and tea. The residence bought tickets, and all the proceeds were given to Free the Children. They were also given the option to contribute a further donation by purchasing tickets for a 50/50 draw.
The evening consisted of a large Italian dinner followd by desert. After the meal, I drew 3 tickets out of a hat, and the three residence who had the matching tickets won door prizes. All in all, it was an amazing evening that I will remember for the rest of my life. It’s nice to know that people care. There was a lot of planning and setting up, but a huge success. I recieved excellent reviews from the residence, and had a lot of fun along the way.
After all the prizes were distributed, I made a short speech thanking the sponsors, and kitchen staff who volunteerd to make all the food, the recreation staff for helping set up, and my boss, Britta Newman, who made the entire evening possible.
I also spoke about the pageant and my preparation for the Nationals so far. At the end I gave a breif description about the chairty, Free the Children and why I am passionate about supporting them.
For weeks after this event took place, residence and staff continued donating money towards Free the Children in a collection bin at the front desk. I was also included in the Berwick paper, called, “The Berkley.”
“Somer is working hard to raise funds for ‘Free the Children.’ Help one of our young people to reach her dream.”