The Power of the Dare
Have you ever been dared to do something? Maybe try a new style or eat something out of the ordinary? I think we probably all have been dared at some point. And the dare is a powerful tool. It can make you do things you never thought you would. What if you have the chance to use that tool to help bring positive change in your community? Well the fact is we do this all the time. Research actually shows that one of the main reasons that people decide to give is just because someone asked them to. Think about that for a moment. The more you think about it the more you realize just how true it is and how often you’ve seen it or done it yourself. Think about the Ice Bucket Challenge that went so viral this past year. That is a perfect example of how we can harness the power of the dare into something positive.
What would happen if every person who gave – gave donations, gave their time – challenged another person to give? I am probably dating myself here but there was a very catchy shampoo commercial back in the 70s that said “You’ll tell two friends. And they’ll tell two friends. And so on. And so on.” Even if you are too young to remember this campaign I bet you get the picture. And with social media making it easier than ever to “tell two friends” this is the perfect time to pass on a dare. And it really is that easy – give and dare.
I want to tell you about something really, really cool. Right now you have the opportunity to not only dare a friend or family member to give with you but to also win for your favourite charity! All you have to do is visit the Dare2Give website and tell them about your dares to enter. Dare2Give is the latest in the My Giving Moment Campaign. The campaign is inspired by the Governor General of Canada. There will be a total of seven prizes given out in the contest and they include – a TV Public Service Announcement from a leading Canadian Broadcaster, one radio Public Service Announcement from a second leading Canadian Broadcaster, consultations with some leading Canadian companies that have generously volunteered their skills and talents, a team of volunteers from a leading Canadian company will help at an event staged by the charity.
This is a really amazing opportunity not only for you to give but to make that giving grow even further and maybe even win something extra special for your favorite charity. I know it might be a little difficult at first to figure out who you can dare and what that dare should be. But it really doesn’t have to be something huge. The whole point to Dare2Give is to inspire, to find those moments, big and small, to make Canada an even more caring nation. Do what feels comfortable to you. Go big, go small, every single time we give it helps. Here’s an example of some of my dares:
I challenged three friends with dares that I know are relevant and meaningful to them. My hope is that they will accept the challenges I gave them and dare someone else too. Every single act of charity and kindness makes a difference in our community, in our country and in our world. Change cannot happen without us. This is a lesson that we work very hard to teach our young daughter.
Shopping for food to give to our local foodbank for other kids is something she really gets into. She takes the job very seriously (even wears a gown as you can see) and always picks her favourite things to give. I guarantee this is a kid who is going to grow up not only accepting but handing out her own dares when it comes to giving. She is so compassionate and concerned for others and that attitude is infectious!
So I am daring you right now to visit the Dare2Give website and not only sign up for the chance to help your charity win but put those challenges out there or see below to enter the number of people you’ve challenged. The contest runs until December 14, 2014. Dare even just one person in your life to join you in giving. Together we can all help to make Canada a more caring nation!
Although this post has been generously sponsored by Rideau Hall Foundation, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect Rideau Hall Foundation.