Friday, March 12, 2010

The Princess Guide: Child Labor Laws Do Not Apply

Great News! Child Labor Laws do not apply to 3-Day Fundraising!!

Seriously, involving your children in your fundraising has so many benefits. It doesn't have to be anything huge -- whether it's applying stamps to fundraising letters or working at a lemonade stand, your children will love playing a role.

And when you explain that what you're doing is for them, it'll be even better.

Our girls can talk 3-Day like no one's business. When they see a pink ribbon, to them it's not just about breast cancer -- it's about the 3-Day. They've been known to tell people I'm finding a cure for breast cancer. (Like I could do it alone.) They love to be involved -- whatever the tasks.

A large number of Team Tiara's walkers live right here in our neighborhood. When you get that kind of concentration, you start to see a more involved experience for your kids -- and their friends. Our school has gotten into the act. We have "Pink" days where the teachers pay to wear jeans and pink T-shirts. The kids wear pink T-shirts. Many of the students have written letters of encouragement or made cards for our team members. It really is cool to see the involvement that we have as a community.

No one will be as proud of you as your kids are. They are your greatest champions.

But even more than that, think of the lessons you're teaching them. You're teaching them that it's not enough to just stand by and let something like breast cancer run amok. You're teaching them to take a stand and make a difference. To put one foot in front of the other, even on the days you don't really want to. You're teaching them to talk to people, to share their passion. You're teaching your children to bring about change -- that one person can truly make a difference.

And the world will be better for it. Especially when it's a world without breast cancer.


~*~ Beckie ~*~ said...

Oh man, you just brought me to tears. I seriously LOVE reading your blog. This is my first year doing the 3-day walk and I walk for my mom who is a recent survivor. I'm also at high risk so I walk for me and my son and future children as well.

My son is 4 and LOVES telling people about the 3-day. Our team is "Ta-Ta Sisterhood" and he's always chanting "ta-ta sisterhood for the boobies". he hands out Mommie's business cards to all his friends and says "tell your Mommie and Daddy to help my Mommie save boobies". haha.

Kids truly are the best fundraisers. And even on days when I don't want to walk or work hard on fundraising, my little cheerleader is right there beside me encouraging me to keep doing my "3-day stuff" and helping other people.

Thank you for your post! So encouraging!!!! :-)

~*~ Beckie ~*~

Tiffany said...

How cute! What a great fundraising idea. I did the 3-Day in Dallas in 2009 and absolutely loved it. With a $20,000 goal it sounds like you are a major champion! That excites me. My mom was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2005 and it was my extreme joy to cross the finish line with her! 60 miles by her side...amazing! Like you, I hope one day we find a cure and it will be a thing of the past! Thank you for walking!