If you’ve ever been asked what you would do with your time, your energy, your life if you did not have to worry about finances, what did you respond? Did you say you would pursue your passion for art? Go back to school? Travel the world? Cure a disease? Become a professional athlete? Read books all day?
I would likely do any and all of those things if I could but truly, you would probably find me surrounded by children somewhere and most often, with the children I often have the privilege to work with at Children At Risk. I love organizing crafts, recipes, messy science experiments and games for these children. I love being able to help kids with Autism work through difficult moments or participate in new activities for the first time, or simply allowing them the space they need to have a meltdown, because hey, we all have moments when our emotions are overwhelming and we wish we could just kick and scream them out.
But alas, we do not yet live in world where money is obsolete and we are all free to pursue our passions. This year, I have not been able to dedicate as much of my time with Children at Risk’s Autism Support Programs as I would like, but as we often do in life, you figure out a compromise, a balance between two opposing forces.
For the second year in a row, I have decided to combine two things I love, triathlon and children who need our support!
This Spring and Summer 2019, I will be participating in Five Triathlons to raise money and awareness for families and children with Autism. My goal is to raise $5,000 to go towards Camp Kaleidoscope, a five week Summer Camp for Children with Autism provided by the Charity Children at Risk.
Camp Kaleidoscope is a crucial program for families in the Ottawa area during the Summer, since they are often the only camp that will take on many of these children. Why? Because they provide every child at this camp with their very own councillor, a one-to-one ratio that you do not see anywhere else, which means each child gets the dedicated support they need to participate in activities, eat, swim, attend field trips, and so much more.
If you would like to donate or see what races I will be participating in you can visit the Canada Helps Donation Page or contact me directly via firstname.lastname@example.org