I've wanted to add this to our regular posting line up for awhile. I have been meeting so many incredible women lately, most of whom are regular, every day people. These women are out there doing extraordinary things for others in their communities simply because they are passionate about a cause, an issue or charity. They do what they do not because they were asked to, but more because it makes a difference for someone else. And alot of times these incredible acts of kindness go unnoticed. That's why we've created this segment.
Once a week we will shine the spotlight on a woman who is out there inspiring others in her community and doing what she can--no matter how small the action--to help make the world a better place.
I'm excited for this week's Sensational Woman in the Community because she is using her love of baking (which according to sources ROCKS!) to help raise funds for a cause close to her heart: breast cancer awareness. Please join me in welcoming Debbie Lount to The Gift as she shares her touching story behind the creation of her fundraiser, 'Cookies For A Cure' and the hard work she puts into it.
I decided to do a fundraiser for breast cancer since my Mother-In-Law is a survivor and my best friend’s sister was diagnosed nine years ago. She lost her battle just recently. She passed away comfortably at home, January 31, 2013.
CancerCare Manitoba helped me with my fundraiser by giving me pink ribbon tattoos and information to hand out if anyone was interested in learning more about breast cancer. I gave away cookies at a local golf tournament, which gave me extra awareness and I sold more cookies to the participants of that event. I called up friends and started a Facebook page, which put me in conatct with people I’d never met.
I have two young children, so I had to take them with me to all the businesses and individuals who donated to my fundraiser. It was tough, but thankfully my kids loved our travelling adventures every day meeting new people.
I sold giant chocolate chip cookies wrapped in a clear bag and tied with a pink ribbon for $5.00. Five cookies came in each package. Individuals could, of course, donate more over the cost of the cookies but everyone just ended up wanting the cookies, so I had a lot of repeat buisness. Unfortunately I could not have anyone outside of Winnipeg receive cookies, since the cost of shipping was too high. A cash/cheque donation is always gladly accepted from out-of-towners.
I am starting another campaign in April. It will run for four weeks (or six weeks if the campaign is still going strong). You can find me on my Facebook “Cookies For A Cure” page. You can find the recipe for the cookies I used in my campaign on my recipe blog.
Every little bit helps, thank you for helping find a cure.
|Debbie's wrapped cookies. Cute and yummy!|
How amazing is Debbie? Not only did she start up this fundraiser out of her love of her best friend's sister and her mother-in-law, but she did this all with two young children in tow! If that's not inspirational, I don't know what is. Be sure to check out and 'like' Debbie's Facebook page above, and if you want to donate contact her through the page. And do check out her recipe blog too. She has shared some fantastic meal ideas on there.
Thank you for joining us here today, Debbie, and for being our first celebrated sensational woman in the community. Please come back in April and give us an update on your fundraiser. Good luck and keep doing what you're doing. It matters.