And… it is with absolute pleasure I get to finally sit down and write this post about Project Sunshine.
My friend Maria has sat on the committee of Project Sunshine Toronto for the past two years, and told me about it when I arrived home last May. I remember listening to her tell me how much of a highlight it was to go into hospitals, and actively help sick kids and their families at a time in need, and I remember thinking I wanted to be a part of this awesome organization too.
So when Maria emailed me a few weeks ago letting me know they were accepting applications I jumped (jumped! as in stayed up until 2am putting together my Letter of Interest, and crossing my fingers n’ toes) at the potential of being a part of Project Sunshine Toronto’s Young Patrons Circle. (YPC is all young professionals on the committee, and there are about 23 folks on it!)
And so with that application sent, and an interview later, I was in! Yippee! Project Sunshine is a fantastic nonprofit organization that provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children facing medical challenges and their families.
There are two major events each year which the committee hosts to raise funds which go towards fun activities in hospitals for sick children and their families.
And on Saturday one of those events took place, Sunshine Saturday! It was the second annual Sunshine Saturday event (here’s my post about it last year) and this year I actually got to help where needed, as well as participate in the fun festivities.
It started at 2pm, where we ferried folks who had purchased tickets over to Toronto’s Island for a game of folf (frisbee golf), complete with fun activities at each hole: 5 legged race (my team, “Queen Bey,” came 2nd!), dizzy bat (which was hilarious, because whoa, you get dizzy), hula-hooping (epic fail at this on my part), wheel-barrel racing (again, I was awful at this!) and a freeze eating contest (which I aced! ha).
Yup, all in a day’s work…
We then admired the city view as we played games and enjoyed a bbq, before getting down on the dance floor with the live band.
We brought in over $10,000 from the event (wahoo!), and I can’t wait to a) convince all Toronto readers to attend this awesome cause & event next year, and b), for the next Project Sunshine event (Shine On!) this October (which I will blog about further, but if you’re in Toronto, mark off October 9th’s evening - drinks, games, themes, horderves, games, all for an excellent cause!).
Plus, I need to note the predicted rain never showed up (phew!), so we had a gorgeous evening, with a pink sunset to admire as this awesome day came to an end.