There is nothing I love more than making people smile and have fun. Yesterday allowed for than opportunity over and over again. I volunteered to work a photo booth for The Heart and Stroke Foundation at The Spruce Meadows Masters and I must say the experience was exhilarating and freeing for me.
When raising awareness for any disease which can be tragic it is good to see that you can do that and make people smile.
Whether it was getting families together to act silly in costumes or having little girls act like divas or having little boys dress up as cowboys and the occasional one who dressed in the diva outfits. It was fun and it was me being me. Being a goof, laughing and bringing people out of their comfort zone.
I got to work with 3 other amazing people who got in on the fun. One girl was even racing kids on the little horses. SO. MUCH. FUN. The fun was contagious no matter what we faced during the day.
The event to raise awareness had four stations.
- Heart Facts Trivia ( Heart Fact Station)
- AED awareness ( Stayin Alive Station)
- Physical Activity Education ( Heart Racin Station)
- Equestrian Family Photo Booth.
Our role was to help educate people on the important ways people can educate and promote good heart health while assisting in the activity that we were involved with.
Each booth had a different activity like learning CPR or doing a little exercise, or creating AED awareness and of course one booth having fun taking photos. People attending the Masters Event at Spruce Meadows had an opportunity to do each station and get a passport stamped and receive a prize. Sadly I did not find out what that prize was.
The event was sponsored by Canadian Pacific Railway you can follow their Heart Efforts and fundraising on twitter at : @CPhasHeart. Last year they helped raise $120,000 for The Heart and Stroke Foundation while helping to create AED deployment across Canada.
The more I volunteer with The Heart and Stroke Foundation the more I wish I had done this long before it took a Heart Attack to get involved. I am re finding another part of me that use to be there when I was younger. The part of me that was hopeful and wanted to make a difference in this world as a teen. This Adult is going to keep this up and not let that part go away again.
Each of us can make difference, help the world and it does not have to be by BIG actions, even the little ones help. Sometimes the little actions can have an even bigger impact than the big ones.
How do you think you can make a difference, to make our world better ? I challenge you to find a way.