Day 19 – to give

10 Sep

Today, Canada was named, in a tie with Ireland, as the third most charitable country in the world according to the 2010 World Giving Index. With a 56% giving index, Canada came up only 1% shy of the current world giving co-leaders – New Zealand and Australia. Also of personal interest, apparently the city of Abbotsford, BC (close to my hometown) is amongst the leaders of the pack when it comes to giving across Canadian cities. This index, the first of its kind, ranks nations by their global generosity, taking into account the percentage of a nation’s population that has given time or money to charity, or helped a stranger within the past month (Buckland, September 10, 2010 – MSN News). When I read this on the MSN homepage this afternoon, several thoughts came to mind including the following:

1. It is so refreshing to read such positive news, especially in light of all the recent talk about Quran Burning.

2. What would it take to get Canada into sole possession of first place in this category? (There’s nothing wrong with a little healthy competition in such a noble pursuit, right?)

3. Am I doing my part?

In contemplating thoughts number two and three further, I got to thinking about my favourite charity – Poverty Revolution. Poverty Revolution is long-term strategy backed by the good folks at FH Canada that has one goal in mind – to eradicate global poverty. As a quick aside, prior to leaving on my road trip, I was working for a marketing company in Abbotsford where FH Canada was my main client so I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know them and their organization’s work very well.

With their headquarters right in Abbotsford, not only is FH Canada’s approach to overcoming poverty both innovative and effective, the people behind the cause are some of the most compassionate, driven, humble, people- and Christ-loving individuals I know. Rather than just giving handouts to impoverished people and communities, FH Canada’s focus is on building sustainable, thriving communities through empowering these people with the training, resources and support they require to reach this goal while coming alongside and offering them positive and encouraging relationships. Why do I share this? Well, simply stated, I just really believe in the work they do and feel strongly that more people should know about them and their mission. And maybe, just maybe, if enough people volunteer their time or give of their resources to this wonderful organization, others will catch on giving Canada that 2% boost (hopefully more) it needs to become the world giving leader. Plus, we’ll help sustain Abbotsford’s strength in this area. For more information on FH Canada and Poverty Revolution, click HERE or on the ‘Poverty Revolution’ button at the bottom of the right column on my blog’s homepage.

As for thought number three, that is something I think about almost every day and I don’t know if the answer could ever be ‘yes’. I think I could probably always give more.

Mbale, Uganda (picture belongs to FH Canada)

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