Monday, November 10, 2014


I'm a giving person. I love the holidays because I love to give presents to everyone I love, from friends and family to other special people in my life. But more than that, I love to give where it really counts—I love to volunteer for charities, and I love to give whenever I can, to a few organizations close to my heart, like CHEO and UNICEF, to name two. I love helping organizations that help children, and I also give in other ways, too—I donate to whatever charity event my family or friends are doing something for and I'll give when I'm out at events that benefit worthwhile organizations.

So many Canadians give their time, talent, and money to different charities and by doing so, it makes us better as a whole. Research shows that one of the main reasons people decide to to give is simply because they were asked. It's hard to say no, especially when you're asked. Also, giving feels good, doesn't it?

Dare2Give is the latest in the My Giving Moment Campaign which is inspired by the Governor General of Canada, and the campaign is asking Canadian 'givers' to dare others to donate or volunteer with them. By daring friends and family, Canadians can double their giving impact and will help make Canada a more caring nation. Current 'givers' will have a chance to win big for their favourite charity, including a grand prize of a television commercial.

So I dare you, my friends—I dare three of you—to continue to make Canada even better by giving and by daring others to give, too—dare someone else to give. Imagine how much good we could do if we each challenged, and accepted, to give, donate, or volunteer our time in a worthwhile way?

By daring your friends and family you have a chance to win for your charity of choice, which would be such a sweet thing. This giving contest is going on until December 14th, 2014, so you should start daring others as soon as you can. The more we give, the better we feel, and the more we help others. You could even dare your sister or best friend to buy coffee for the person behind them in Starbucks. Imagine how much it would brighten that person's day? And image that person pays if forward? It's always a win-win situation!

I dared my sister to buy a stranger a coffee.
I dared my best friend to buy holiday cards that give back to charity.
And I dared my boys to be extra kind to one another for one entire month.

Easy challenges that can make a difference! And then I asked each of them to dare three people they know to give to give back in some way.

Visit the Dare2Give website for information about the contest and enter the number of people that you've dared below to be eligible to win!

Disclaimer: Although this post has been generously sponsored by Rideau Hall Foundation, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Rideau Hall Foundation.

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