Matching donations: all the dollars, twice the relevance

August is here and I’ve started pedalling toward my goal of 2150km to raise money for the Sick Kids Foundation as part of their Great Cycle Challenge to fight Kids’ Cancer.

Avonmore: half way done
Avonmore: half way done

This is my fifth year riding the GCCC and I’ve been part of an effort to raise millions of dollars per year for cancer research. Which, to me, is important and meaningful.

However I feel that there’s another group of kids that need our attention too. Namely Indigenous kids and their families. I initially picked my distance target because it was 10km for each child who died of abuse or neglect at the residential school in Kamloops BC. But that was just one school. The number keeps growing.

And we still live with the legacy of racist education.

One organization that’s working to change that is the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society. They have been challenging the federal government to provide the same funding for Indigenous education as is provided to settler children.

So this month, I will match every donation to my GCCC campaign with a donation to the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.

Please consider donating. I need the motivation! And we need a more caring and socially just society.