Day 49 – No rest for the wicked
Today I am willing myself to take the day off from training… so of course my body clock woke me up at 6:45. Thanks so much. Despite not training today, I do plan to do a lot of work in terms of the fundraising side of the upcoming fight. We are now less than 2 months away from the big day and so much needs to be raised before we step into the ring. I have a lot of big plans and ideas to get the message out there in different ways this time.
Last night I went out to dinner with some friends. First, my favorite restaurant with my good friend Jodie for Belgian mussels. Delicious! We were discussing the fundraising and she has given me a brilliant idea for raising money – a Book Fair to be held at school. It would work very similarly to the Clothes Swap event that we will be holding on April 7th where people will donate books to the cause and we will invite people to come and purchase books for a small cost with all proceeds of the Fair going straight to the CSC. I would also like to have a change drive along with the Book Fair. To do these two things, I will need to speak to our Community Outreach Coordinator at school to make sure that we can do this through the school. Fingers crossed I get good news about permission to run this event.
Jodie also suggested contacting companies in Singapore that originate from Canada to see if they will donate to the cause. I think that is a great idea too and a different route that I have gone before. It would be great to have as much Canadian support in Singapore – it’s always great to have Canucks come together for a cause! So, today I will be doing some research into this as well.
Following dinner, I met up with some friends for birthday drinks at Lau Pa Sat (lime juice and water for me!) I had lots of great suggestions from friends there too about selling raffle tickets for items that people would want to purchase. Some ideas popped into my head and my friends are so supportive as well that they have offered up some things as well. Did I mention I have amazing friends!?! Another thing on my “to do” list for today.
Along with the Clothing Swap, the squad is also planning a Cocktails for Cambodia event. We are working to finalize a date at the moment for this, but I will let everyone know once we select our date. Basically the event runs like this: The boxers donate food and alcohol to be served at the event (and take in other donations from friends as well), we make a little schedule for serving drinks and the boxers come around and fill everyone’s glasses throughout the evening with themed drinks (i.e. Phnom Penh Punch). The money from the tickets sold to the event are donated directly to the CSC and we accept donations throughout the night. I have run this event with my colleagues in relation to the fundraising we do for the Cambodia Housebuilding project each year and it is always a success. Looking forward to another successful run with the boxing squad!
So, potential Book Fair, Raffle draw, contacting Canadian businesses in Singapore, Clothing Swap and Cocktails for Cambodia… plus one more thing.
Along with these events, I would like to also raise awareness about the CSC and CASC which hopefully will also lead to donations to these very worthy organizations. So, my plan is to contact magazines, newspapers, and radio stations (I have a few friends in this business) to start spreading the word. This is today’s other task and probably my most daunting one. I have already had an article written in the Canadian Association‘s publication, “The Maple Leaf Times”, thanks to President Janey Schueller who has supported me in getting my message out there. It has worked as well as I had parents come up to me in the last month or so at school mentioning that they saw my article while they were at the High Commission or that they received it in the mail. Great news and I am very thankful for their support. So – why not contact more publications and see what can happen out of that? It can’t hurt to try.
So, my day off seems even busier than a training day but hopefully the results of all the hard work will show on our donation page.
What are you doing today?