Cook For the Cure & Doing My Part

Whenever I hear the word “Cancer,” I’m always reminded by an experience in elementary school when I was 8 or so that I’m sure many of us can relate to. The whole school was in the auditorium and we were asked to raise our hand if someone in our immediate family had Cancer. The same question was asked again and applied to our extended family and finally friends of our family. After those three simple questions, 100% of the students had raised their hands and we were all asked to look around to see the impact Cancer had on all of us. Considering the auditorium was full of kids under the age of 13, it was shocking, but I know I certainly wasn’t capable of fully understanding its implication.

Fast forward many years later and my arms are still raised having lost family members and close family friends to various kinds of Cancer. I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to giving back. I haven’t done my part, but I want to. And to do something, you need to start somewhere, right?

In addition to carving out my niche as a food and travel writer, another hat apron I wear is that of Co-Founder and Managing Director of Food Bloggers of Canada.  So when my FBC partner and I were approached by KitchenAid Canada to be a media sponsor of the Cook for the Cure Culinary Showdown in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the answer was “yes, absolutely.” With over 1200 members across Canada, the goal is to help reach their goal of $500,000! When food bloggers get together for a common cause good things have a tendency to happen! And as one of those 1200+ members, I want to do my part.

The premise of the Cook for the Cure fundraising effort is that fundraisers who hit $1000, $2500 and more have the chance to watch and participate in an Iron Chef type competition in Toronto on December 7th, 2013 with celebrity chefs from the Food Network! It sounds like it’ll be an incredible event, but as you know, I won’t be in Canada in December as I’ll be in SE Asia. However, I’m not letting this prevent me from fundraising for a very worthy cause! There’s always a reason to not do something and that’s not a good enough reason.

Now I know there are too many causes out there to mention but I hope you can help help with a contribution. When it comes to something like this, any amount is appreciated and will go a long way. I have put my money where my mouth is and have already seeded my contribution page. And it’s a small gesture, but anyone who makes a donation of $10 or more will receive a postcard from somewhere in SE Asia as a thank you from me to you.

Just leave a comment below and I will email you for your address and send you a thank you from somewhere!

To donate, you can click here to my Fundraising page.

Hopefully there will come a time when we no longer have to raise our hands and feel the impact of Cancer.

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3 Responses to Cook For the Cure & Doing My Part

  1. Meg November 23, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    I truly commend your efforts to raise money and awareness… as someone who got sick and then lost my job due to having been sick, I really appreciate any effort anyone wants to bring supporting those who don’t necessarily have it.


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