I love volunteering and giving back to the community. I always have, I even got an award from the Legion once when I was younger for how much volunteering I did to help out in the community. I’ve volunteered in retirement homes, I’ve volunteered for an Alzheimer’s charity, for Rethink Breast Cancer and I volunteer my time to charity in various other ways (through GoodLife’s annual event Spin4Kids, or any other events that come up) and I truly believe that you get back what you put out there, so I always try to have some sort of volunteer/charity work on the go at any given point in time.

Well, when I started school I didn’t exactly have enough time to work, go to school and volunteer so I haven’t been able to do it in about 5 years, and I’ve been looking to get back into it, at an event or NFP that resonates with me and something I’m either passionate about or can relate to in general. I hadn’t found anything I truly wanted, and all of a sudden I got a notification a couple of weeks ago that Fashion Heals 4 Sick Kids started following me. Now, I don’t know about you, but when things like that happen I immediately take it as a sign from WHATEVER you believe me (for me, the universe) and so I messaged them privately right away inquiring about any potential marketing/social media volunteer opportunities they might have.

Guys, I could not be more excited about this but I got the position of social media volunteer at the actual event! Ok so the event, right, I should tell you what that is.

Fashion Heals 4 Sick Kids is an annual fashion show that’s been happening since 2013. I’m going to copy and paste from their website as they do a great job of saying what it’s about <3.

Fashion Heals for SickKids, is the fundraiser – and the fashion show – you’ll never forget.
Very little can compare to how you’ll feel watching SickKids patients – children and adults alike – and their devoted doctors and clinicians rock the runway in support of the hospital’s Innovation Grant for Paediatric Cancer Care and Research and the SickKids VS Limits campaign to build a new SickKids Hospital.
Our stylish 5th annual edition will be held on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at the Atrium @ Ricarda’s.  It’s a party for a cause – featuring fine food and drink, and Blake Carter and Peter Kash from FLOW 93-5.
And of course, there is the evening’s highlight:  a one-of-a-kind fashion show curated by Toronto’s premier fashion consultancy, La Closette.  You will get to see, first hand, how your contribution makes an impact on so many young lives.  Rocking the runway will not only be SickKids patients, but also their doctors and staff – past and current.  You’ll even hear from our very special patient ambassador and speak to people who have a direct connection to the hospital.

FashionHeals4SickKids.com
www.fashionheals4sickkids.com

So needless to say, it’s an intense, amazing event that I’m so happy and proud to be a part of even in such a small way. The initiative behind the whole thing…

Fashion Heals has committed to a goal of raising $1-million by 2024.  It has raised $260,000 so far, which has helped fund two important initiatives:
For young oncology patients, medical procedures can be very anxiety-and stress-inducing. In a truly fascinating example of innovation making a real impact, Dr. Jennifer Stinson has found ways to ease this anxiety by immersing patients in a virtual reality experience during certain procedures.
It is important – to avoid giving children unnecessary therapies or side effects – for doctors to identify the differences in their brain tumours. Neuropathologist Dr. Cynthia Hawkins has created testing that accomplishes just this, thereby enabling doctors to give patients the right treatment at the right time.

http://fashionheals4sickkids.com/about-us/

As most of you know I’m diabetic so I spent some time in Sick Kids (not in Toronto, but still) so the cause is near and dear to my heart… This has already been a highlight of my year and I haven’t even attended a meeting yet lol :).

If you’re interested in attending this epic event this year, you can purchase tickets by clicking here!

I hope I get to see some of you there! It’s going to be absolutely amazing <3

S.