A few weeks ago I sent out a plea to help the individuals and families who participate with Special Olympics. As I mentioned, I’m Chairman of the Goldcorp Invitational Golf Tournament – one of only two public fundraisers a year for Special Olympics. And I need your help.
Let me say up front that we received a good response from MoneyTalks listeners, many of the analysts who appear on MoneyTalks and businesses who participate at the World Outlook Financial Conference.
It was terrific to see. Actually, it was more than that – it’s one of the highlights of my year. We are inundated with people who talk a good game but that’s as far as it goes. That’s why it’s so encouraging to see people step up and take action. Many of them know that Special Olympics reaches out to people with intellectual disabilities but may not have had the opportunity to see firsthand the incredible impact on their lives.
If you haven’t had the chance then you’ll have to take my word for it. Too often people with intellectual disabilities are overlooked – disconnected from the community at large. Special Olympics bridges that gap. The story I hear most often from our athletes is that Special Olympics is where they make friends – usually for the first time.
I think it’s safe to say that Special Olympics end their isolation, builds their self esteem and has a profound impact on the quality of their lives and that of their families.
Anyways, I think you can tell that I can go on…and on…and on – and would be happy to elaborate at any time – but I think you get the picture. So the question is – can you help? Maybe you or someone you know would be willing to buy a $1,500 Tee Sponsorship. (Remember it’s tax deductible, which means it costs about $750.) Or could contribute an item or service to the Silent Auction? Or maybe even an online donation.
I should finish by telling you that looking for opportunities to help Special Olympics is a huge reason I continue to do MoneyTalks. That’s why I’m reaching out to you and hope you’ll be able to help.
Allow me to finish by coming back to one of my favourite all time quotes. Jim Rohn, author of Seven Strategies for Wealth and Happiness nailed it when he said, it’s easy to lend a helping hand, the only thing easier – is not to.
I understand all the demands made upon us – but I also understand that one of the best foundations of financial success comes from lending a hand to others.
One more thing – take a look at the list of people below who have already reached out to help. I hope it puts a smile on your face – as it does mine – knowing we live in a community with people like this.
Thanks for taking the time to read this,
PS if you can help please let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the Special Olympics in the subject line.
Stepping Up To Make A Difference
With Thanks to:
Neil McIver at McIver Capital
Andrew Ruhland at Integrated Wealth Management
John Murphy at Performing Equity
Paul Dickson at Resource World Magazine
Jeff Olin at Vision Capital
Lianne & Mike Kirilenko at Studio City Rentals
Ron Roddick at Discount Hawaii Car Rental
Kelly Wong & Jerry Au at Spitzer Golf Products
Eamonn Percy at Percy Group
Eric Coffin at HRA Advisors
Josef Schachter at Schachter Energy Report
Tyler Bollhorn at StockScores
Ryan Irvine at Keystone Financial
Rob and Michael Levy at Border Gold
Ozzie Jurock at Jurock Realty
Jatinder Rai of Response Advertising
Anthony Beyrouti of Venue Kings
Kevin Lemoal of Emergent Environmental & Rail Services
Paul Beattie at BT Global
Scotty Grubb of Oliver Heights Development
David Morgan of the Silver Investor
Martin Murenbeeld of Murenbeeld & Co
Ken Shirk – Notary Public
Chris Metcalfe of Mediquest
Martin Cownden of Chef on the Go