It has been an emotional month of August for me. My ‘baby’ was birthed on the 2nd of August. I gathered 29 amazing people from around the world and asked them to share a story of overcoming adversity as a child. The stories were powerful, and emotional to read. As the stories started hitting the paper inside the book, I was amazed each time after reading the chapters how strong children are. How they can bounce back from what ever they are experiencing.
For me there was another reason to put the book together. I wanted to give back. Giving back to a hospital that saved my life. The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), in Ottawa Canada saved my life. I decided early on when in the planning stages to give back to this hospital. 1/3 of the book sales from Amazon is going to the Neonate Intenstive Care Unit at CHEO. And so far with books alone the donation has reached $314 Canadian Dollars. I have also asked each author in the book if they wish to donate their portion of their earnings from being in the book on the first day to go back to CHEO. The ones I have heard from are amazing, as I can add an extra $100 to this total! 😀
There is a saying in eWomen Network and that is “give first, share always.” And that is something I choose to live by. Giving what I can, when I can and sharing always. This is the first time in my business career I can say though that I am donating financially back to a charity that is more than $10. I do buy raffle tickets at eWomen Network when I am able. This is different though. Giving one big chunk of money to a charity and hospital that saved my life feels different to me.
When you give back it also doesn’t have to be financially. I have given back to community by volunteering my time at events. Volunteering to help run an event.
Where in your life are you going to give back? There’s the saying I’ve heard also that when you give back it comes back to you ten fold.
Write your comments below, would love to hear how you are going to chose to give back!