So to kick off Fundraising Campaign 2011 (hereinafter referred to #fc2011) I am going to start with a little story:
Once upon a time there was a 26-year old young man and he was a typical 26 year-old young man. He doesn’t make a ton of money. He hangs out with his friends, is an avid Canucks fan, loves his beer and likes to travel. He like many young men doesn’t carry a “murse” or “man-purse”. He puts his wallet in his pants pocket along with his keys and his blackberry. That is enough weight for a pair of pants as it is so probably like many young men he doesn’t like to carry around a lot of change.
So, instead of carrying around a load of change, the young man has a piggy bank. Now, it is not your average piggy bank. No, it is a 26-year old young man’s piggy bank. It is a giant empty bottle of Canadian Club and this Narrator doesn’t even want to think about the ways this young man drained this giant bottle. That much whisky could send this 6”1, 180 lb young man to the hospital with severe alcohol poisoning or by-passing the hospital altogether to a hole in the ground.
But, remarkably, this young man is alive and well so every day he comes home and puts all his change in his very large piggy bank. Clink. Clink. Clink. Days, weeks and months go by and pretty soon the young man has practically filled half the giant bottle with change. Now, like most typical 26-year old young men, this young man has a tendency towards laziness so while it looks like there could be a lot of money in that giant piggy bank he hasn’t emptied it yet because that would mean he would have to roll it all. Banks don’t just take a bunch of loose change, silly.
Then one day the young man’s older sister (and your trusty Narrator) visits the young man in his home. Feeling daunted by the amount of fundraising the sister has to do over the next four months she is having a bit of a rant. The young man just listens to his sister rant graciously even though he hasn’t a clue what she is talking about. He is a good brother. Then after some discussion he says to his sister “If you roll that, you can have it”. He is talking about his giant piggy bank. “I just want the bottle back”
“Really?!” the sister thinks to herself and says to her brother “there has to be almost $500 in there?!” His sister says that she’ll give him a tax-deductible receipt for his donation. This young man just smiles and says “okay” because he is smart. Essentially his sister is going to do all the work of rolling all this change and he will still get his money. Plus, his sister’s theatre company will benefit so everyone wins. And, they all live happily ever after.
The moral of this little story: Every Little Bit Counts.
PS...To my brother who reads this blog religiously, thank you.