I hate fundraising. I mean, I really really really hate asking for money. You haven’t seen me do it since grade school, and there’s a reason. There are lots of important causes, which I support by donating, but not by asking for donations.
So, why Megathon?
It hits close to home
I know the kids this money will impact. I live close to the Y, and I know my community, and there is a high need for support. These are the kids who live in my neighbourhood. They are the kids who run up and down the halls of my building in the winter when it’s too cold to go outside, who kick their soccer ball against the wall outside my window because it’s the only patch of lawn they have, and who make forts out of old mattresses beside the dumpster in the summer. They are the ones I see in my library programs (the lucky ones, whose parents take them to the library). They are the ones I see when I’m doing outreach, in community centres (the ones whose parents don’t know what a library is!). I know the kids this money will directly impact, and it will be immediate and visible. You may not know them, but I do.
It’s not about “childhood obesity” it’s about fighting inactivity
I love that the focus is on encouraging kids to get healthy through activity. Without getting TOO soap-boxy, I believe that health can’t be measured by weight alone, so I find the war against childhood obesity unsettling. What we know is that activity, exercise, has a greater impact on health than the amount of fat a person has. Megathon celebrates this by encouraging personal physical challenges, and the money raised goes to providing children with positive experiences. It may not be Camp Wenonah, but even the fact that the money will send kids to any camp at all is a plus in my books.
There’s a Literacy connection
The libraries are connected; we’ve provided a booklist of recommended reads. The children’s challenge includes reading for 15 minutes a day. Megathon is mostly about physical challenges and exercise, but there is an acknowledgement that reading and literacy play a vital and key role in overall health. That’s a message I can get behind because it’s the message I promote daily in my own work.
They had me at “hero”
How can I say no to a campaign that asks “will you be a hero for kids?” Especially given how much I talk about health and fitness, how could I possibly turn down the chance to be a hero to at least one or two children? Whether it’s been through summer camp, in a classroom, or at the library, making a tangible difference in children’s lives has always been at the core of what I do. It’s not heroic, it’s just me. I love the idea of getting to be a hero for a day.
So. Will you help me be a hero, and by supporting me become one in the process?
(click HERE to donate online)
I’ve taken the day off work (yes, used a precious vacation day), and will spend it at the Y. Some of that time will be spent volunteering. I’ll also participate in several of the group classes that will be offered. (If I do them all, it would be 5 hrs of exercising! It's all about endurance), and a TRX 40x40 challenge. In addition, I’m setting a personal challenge for myself.
"Bring Sally Up" Pushup Challenge:
While playing the song "Flowers" by Moby (Bring Sally up, bring Sally down), move to the upper pushup position when you hear the words "Bring Sally up", and move to the lower pushup position when you hear "Bring Sally down." It is 3:25 minutes ... 30 pushups/planks.
Last year at this time, my goal was to be able to do the pushups (from my knees, mind you) in Mat’s class without humiliating myself. That was it. Now? I can do a real pushup. I want to be able to do tons. It may not seem like much, but I want to try and do ALL of the pushups in the Bring Sally Up challenge. See the video below for how long it lasts, and how hard it is. At the moment, I can make it to 1:24 in the song … which is 3:25 long! I have a lot of work and practice ahead of me this month.
If you wanna see me try, pledge your support!