Each year, UWO Dance Force puts on an end of year show to showcase their talents as well as raise money for a charity decided on at the beginning of the year. This year, they have chosen the IBD Foundation. Their purpose is to enhance the quality of life of people living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohns and colitis), with a vision of bridging the gap between health care and self-care for IBD community.
You can learn more about this charity at ibdfoundation.org
So why am I telling you this? Well first of all, it is a shameless plug to let you know when this year’s Charity Showcase is, which is Friday March 18 and Saturday March 19 at 7pm by the way 😉
But, I also want to bring up why I think donating and giving back to charities is important. Here are 2 simple, but meaningful, reasons why.
1. Supporting a cause can help you stay informed about current social issues and injustices.
It really doesn’t matter which cause, charity or organization you decide to donate to. Each and every single one of them has a goal, dream, purpose behind why they are doing what they are doing. There is some issue or problem they are working to eradicate, and chances are it is either a present or ongoing one.
Even just knowing about what charities are out there will make you a more globally aware person. Being informed about what is going on around you is vital. Not only may it affect your loved ones, but it might also directly affect you. By staying informed about the latest medical breakthrough, current wars/tensions, or even just about your next door neighbour’s well being helps you to be the best human being you can be: one who cares.
In my opinion, education is the most powerful tool we can use, and educating oneself about current social issues is an underused solution to eliminating discrimination.
2. The philanthropic benefit.
How great do you think you would feel if you found a charity that supports the causes that you hold dear to your heart? What if you knew exactly where those donations were going and that it was going to directly affect someone you know? Would that make it worth donating to a cause?
Well you’re in luck, because there is some sort of cause/charity/organization for just about everything out there these days. And if there isn’t, then you can be that voice! Search for charities that support the causes that you believe to be valuable. Even better, create an organization, just yourself or a group of friends, to raise awareness about any issue you deem noteworthy. It doesn’t even have to consist of anything more than just educating yourself so you can educate others while you both wait for the bus in the morning. Simple as that.
So that’s all I’ve got. Short, sweet and to the point, but I hope it gives you something to mull over and consider. You might disagree, or you might buy right into what I’m saying. Either way, it’s a great discussion topic!
The main point I am trying to get across is that awareness can go a long way. It’s a great first step you can make, and the rest will follow.
If you’re interested in assisting UWO Dance Force this year with their charitable efforts, feel free to donate to the IBD Foundation! (Don’t feel obligated or pressured, but your support would be greatly appreciated) 🙂
Here is the donation link: