I was so happy to be asked back to be the key note speaker for the 4th year in a row at the Annual ‘Girls Night In’ which raises money for the Because I am a Girl campaign. This event is hosted by the Ottawa Jewish Community Centre for all the girls and their moms in grades 4-6. When I see how much compaction and drive these young girls have to raise money and awareness for girls in developing countries it blows my mind. I really think that every school should host one of these nights. Together we could all make such a huge difference – and have a blast doing it. The girls look forward to this event every year and graduating girls still want to come back to help out.
Then it was my time to end the night. I always like to try new things with this group since it’s a lot of the same girls every year. My favourite part is when the girls (and the moms) are anxious to tell me about the successes they had during the year. Some brought me videos that they wanted to show me, others brought me their goal sheets from last year and the moms were beaming as much as they were. I LOVE that part.
When I set the goal to be a World Champion in Taekwon-do, I never imagined how much it would be an impact on my life. It started as a goal for myself, but I realized that I could share the lessons I learned along the journey to hopefully inspire others to pursue their interests and dreams.
At the end of the evening the teachers announced that the girls had raised enough money to end 1 girl to school for the year PLUS all the books for everyone in the class. How amazing is that!!!!
I decided to donate $5 for every purchase. Guess what ?……Thanks to everyone who bought a hoodie, I was able to donate enough money to buy a goat! What team work!!!!!
Goats have a huge impact on a family’s health and income is profound. They provide milk, which means essential protein for growing children, and the sale of offspring means an income to pay for housing, health, food and schooling.