Honestly I have many dreams. I dream of fitting into my new jeans, of riding my bike this summer. I dream of finding that the little green trees that jump out of the bottle on the Mr. Clean commercial really exists and that one day I will buy the right bottle. Much like the golden ticket in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I dream that my children will grow up happy surrounded by people who love them and jobs they love. I'd like to extend that dream to all the children in the world. I'd like to be able to hold them all safe. In this world, however, that seems the dream with the tallest order.
A few years ago I was introduced to the organization http://becauseiamagirl.ca/. It was a yoga conference and the funds raised were helping local women going to help build a school in a war-ravaged country far away. I've since encouraged many people to consider this organization when choosing a charity to work for. Plan Canada, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCukuAvhBPU#t=148, is the go to organization in Canada. For our 2nd year now, we are organizing a silent auction and raffle of donated items. Last year, we raised 240$ with our raffles and with the matched donation program available on the site (there is little logo that shows you which donation is matched) we managed to make that amount turn to 1900$ for the girls and families of ravaged countries. I felt very proud of that. Now, since we are polymer clayers many of the prizes were one of a kind works of Art and I cherish the pieces I was lucky enough to win. When I look at them I am reminded that together we can change the world, one step at a time. We are having another auction/raffle this year, again with prizes coming from all over. So, for those of you who are coming to Morrisburg this year, bring some extra cash and take a chance to win something super cool. It will warm your heart and your soul to know that your dollars with help a girl go to school or have clean water for her family. These things are basic for you but they are not a given for many families in this world. Together we can make a difference.
The photo is a sculpture I made inspired by The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. I love that story because it's is about a girl who slays the dragon in her own way and learns to live by her own standards.