For years I would look at pictures on Facebook of people who participated in Color Me Rad. I’d be envious of them because it always looked like so much fun. It wasn’t something that I could ever do myself though. I mean really, me run a 5k? The idea of that was absurd.
Last year was finally the year. I decided early on that I would just bite the bullet and sign up. Then I decided while I was at it, why not sign up for two more local races? Here I am, 11 months later, and I will be getting my 12th medal at the end of the month.
Isn’t life funny sometimes? You watch from a distance and come up with a ton of reasons why you can’t participate, and there are always a lot of excuses that you can use. Finally, you decide that it’s time and realize that it was never as scary or daunting as you made it out to be.
So, last year I scratched Color Me Rad off my list.
This year, it’s time for the Easter Seals Drop Zone.
For those of you who don’t know what this is, I’ll give you some background. As taken from their website:
Easter Seals is dedicated to fully enhancing the quality of life, self-esteem and self-determination of Canadians living with disabilities. As Canada’s largest local provider of programs, services, issues-leadership and development for the disability community, Easter Seals is dedicated to helping Canadians with disabilities participate fully in society, living lives to their full potential.
Easter Seals provincial organizations offer transformative programs and services at the local level, the best known of which are Easter Seals summer camp programs. Every year, thousands of children challenge themselves while having the time of their lives at 14 Easter Seals camps nationwide.
Other services include year-round active living opportunities, as well as the provision of specialized mobility and access equipment such as: mobility aids, assistive technology, adaptive computers, augmentative communication devices and adaptations to homes and vehicles for wheelchair accessibility. Normally, these assistive aids are cost prohibitive for most people and families. With help from its donors and sponsors, Easter Seals works to ensure that everyone with a disability has access to the equipment and services needed to make the most of their abilities.
Now, you may be wondering what the Drop Zone is. Drop Zone is a fundraising event that has been happening across Canada since 2005. If someone is able to raise a minimum of $1500 (updated to $1000 for 2017) they will have the opportunity to be a “superhero” and rappel down a high-rise building.
I had heard about this event for many years, and I always wanted to do it. As usual, there are a ton of reasons not to. I’d have to miss a few hours of work to participate. I’m hardly strong enough to do something like that. There is no way I’d be able to raise the minimum amount required to participate. There are a ton of other people participating that are way better than I am.
Well, this year, all of those excuses got thrown out the door. I really want to reach my goal. I really want to rappel down this building. But what if I don’t? Then I have still made a difference. I have still helped to raise money for help people who really need it.
If I do reach my goal? Awesome.
The fact is, if I don’t sign up and try to raise funds, I will never reach my goal and I will never cross this off my list. Every year I will listen with envy when I hear the ads on the radio, or hear other people talk about it. If I don’t reach my goal this year, then maybe I try again next year. I keep trying, and I keep helping.
You had to know this part of the story was coming. I would appreciate any help I can get with reaching my goal. As I write this I am 15% of the way there, and I have until August to reach 100% (or more!). Even $5 or $10 gets me one step closer to accomplishing this.**Please read below for update.
If you decide that you would like to donate money to a worthy cause and help me out, you can go to my page here.
If you’re unable to donate, that’s okay. I hope you take something else away from this post.
The point I want to get across is that you need to make things happen. You can’t go through life just sitting on the sidelines wishing that you could participate. You’re going to live a very sad and dull life if you do that. You need to put yourself out there. Do things that scare you. Scratch those things off your list.
While you’re at it, go ahead and sponsor me :).
**It’s June 20, 2017 as I write this. I did not make my goal in 2016. I’ve got two bits of good news though. The first bit is that thanks to friends & family, I was able to raise $715, and they allowed me to carry over that amount into 2017. The second piece of good news is that they have lowered the minimum amount to participate to $1000. With the money I have raised so far this year I only need to raise $200 more. I WILL accomplish this in 2017. Once again, I appreciate any and all help that you are willing/able to give. I would love to go above and beyond with the fundraising this year!
They are combining Regina and Saskatoon this year. It will be held at Hill Tower II on August 19th, which is a 20 story mirrored building. It’s a challenge to see which city can bring in the most money, most participants and the best costumes.
Got any good costume ideas for me? Let me know below!