My biggest guilty pleasure is volunteer work. When my oldest daughter was 4 months old I joined Kin Canada. Kin Canada is an all-Canadian service organization made up of dedicated member volunteers who serve their community’s greatest needs through hosting and sponsoring events and community service projects. Kin Canada has close to 500 Kin, Kinsmen and Kinette clubs from coast-to-coast. Clubs typically raise more than $18 million per year; almost $1 million of this is donated to cystic fibrosis research and care, our national service project.
Currently I am a member of The Kin Club of Fort Edmonton and this year we put on our First Annual Princess Ball fundraiser to raise money and support for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. I cannot say enough about this event and how great if felt to be a part of it. As a photographer I donated my services to the event and set up a photo booth to raise further funds for the cause. Since Today is Rare Disease Day I thought it fitting to Blog about the event.
As you will find on Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s twitter feed (@CFCanada), “There are 4000 Canadians living with #cysticfibrosis. Each week, two more children are diagnosed and one person dies from this #raredisease“.
Here are some memories from the Princess Ball. It was Held on February 22nd at the Empire Ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald here in Edmonton. The children got to meet the Princesses and dance with them. We provided a lunch, candy bar, craft tables, and more. It honestly was a little girls dream. Our Club (Fort Edmonton Kin Club) President also got engaged at the event so a lot of special memories were made.