The Fundraising Page of Rosemary Delnavine
A Message From Rosemary Delnavine
Dear Friends & Family:
The Christmas season is also my birthday season. By my own estimation, I am one of the world's most fortunate individuals! The foundation for that was laid in my childhood, where KidSafe's Five Program Pillars -- Literacy, Health & Wellness, Arts & Culture, Leadership, Sustainability, Science & Nature -- were so embedded that I took them as completely for granted as the nourishing meals that I knew would appear every day without fail. I want to say "thank you" for all that good fortune in active, material ways like this. Frankly, it’s the only material expression of my birthday and Christmas that feels right to me now (and there's no more room under the bed for items to be, umm – regifted!).
If you would like to acknowledge me with a gift on either date in December, I’d be thrilled to receive a sheet of paper showing your official receipt for a donation on my behalf to KidSafe.
My friend and colleague Dr. Ashish Marwaha introduced me to KidSafe. His motivation for creating a KidSafe running team stayed with me, and I’m going to pass it on here:
Why did you decide to run for KidSafe?
I was first asked to create a team for the run for KidSafe by my good friend Gerhard, who helps run the organization. Previously, he had invited me to a careers fair for the kids, where I was able to encourage them all to go into a career in medicine. I saw then the value that KidSafe brings practically to many children's lives and the opportunities it provides for disadvantaged kids in society.
What are your thoughts on child poverty?
As someone who has worked as a paediatric trainee doctor in the UK, I have seen directly the devastating effects of child poverty on individual children, families and society. The children in society from disadvantaged backgrounds often have no voice to advocate for them and rely on people such as the staff at KidSafe to speak on their behalf to governments and other organizations to highlight their needs. I have always believed that making a positive impact in a child's life will result in a lifetime of reward. That is one of the reasons I began pursuing a career in pediatric medicine. Child poverty is definitely something that needs to be prioritized and tackled by governments and charities, wherever it occurs in the world. It is of paramount importance for the economic and social functioning of society that we don't ignore children in need.
How do you feel running in the marathon for KidSafe aligns with your personal values?
. . . this opportunity has allowed me to live out my life goals: inspire others; pay it forward; and give a voice to those who are most vulnerable in society.
Dr Ashish Marwaha BMBCh MA (Oxon)
University of British Columbia, Child & Family Research Institute
I hope that inspires you too. If your cursor is already hovering over the Donate button, thanks a million!
About This Campaign
Laura Sly gave a $25 donation to support Rosemary DelnavineThis is a wonderful idea! Thank you for letting me be included in this lovely gesture.