Friday, March 5, 2010

Yours is the only permission you need to go after your own goals

I'm writing this blog to send a huge THANK YOU to Lindsay Tipping and the Toronto ad agency, fisheye, for a donation they made today.

I received an email today informing me that a woman named Lindsay Tipping had entered and won a contest, and was donating the prize of $200 to the orphanage. The contest was held by fisheye (

I had no idea who Lindsay was or what the contest was. A little digging and I saw that Lindsay is a member of the Facebook group page that we just recently launched for the orphanage (Nzirambi Orphans Talent Development Centre). So I emailed her to find out how she heard of the orphanage.

Her enthusiasm for the orphanage is so infectious that I had to share it.
Here's her response:

Hey Karen,
Yesterday I saw the name of the orphanage on (a friend's) page and wandered over to the facebook page to check it out. Spent about an hour reading your blog and all the info on the orphanage. Was so enchanted and wishing I had a decent chunk of money to donate. And then 'boom', I got news that I won the contest.

At the beginning of the year I went to a 'housewarming' party for fisheye, an ad agency that I work with through my job at Harbourfront Centre. We all had to bring one piece of 'wisdom' that we'd learned in 2009 and one 'want' we had for 2010. My wisdom was "Yours is the only permission you need to go after your own goals." There was then an online vote and I guess my idea resonated with people cause it won!

I was dancing and jumping all over my office when I won and telling everyone about the orphanage. Everyone was really excited and feeling the reality check settle in about the fact that there are so many people out there in the world struggling to just have the basic things we can so often take for granted. Knowing that this little $200 can make a real difference to people is so amazing. And knowing that one little sentence I wrote somehow set this in motion is still blowing my mind. I can't stop smiling!!!


Thanks again, Lindsay. There is a team of us working so hard to build fundraising opportunities for the orphanage, and your unexpected support was a real boost to all of us. I look forward to staying connected with you.


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  2. echo Karen's words, we are indeed inspired by Lindsay, and encouraged as we start our fundraising efforts.

    $200 goes a long way at the orphanage, just to give you an idea, I have conservatively estimated how far it can go:
    - Pay a house mother's salary for 6 months
    - Pay for elementary school for one child for an entire year
    - Buy formula for a new born, enough to last the first critical 6 months.

    These are just a few examples off the top of my head. So you see, we don't need 'big chunks' of money - just enough 'small chunks" and enough people with big hearts:-)

  3. thanks for adding this monica. So true. We need small chunks and people with big hearts :)

  4. Lindsay, What a generous offer. You are an amazing person - thanks very much for your thoughtfulness. Cecile