Why I joined
I joined Team Diabetes around September of last year after running a race in August with Matt (Navy 10 km). We saw the Team Diabetes table at the race pick up and Matt suggested it was a neat idea for me to take a look at it. I love to travel, I love to run, why not raise a few dollars to do so? Sounded somewhat easy enough. Though a little voice in the back of my head still said “Jenn, 2012 is a very busy year for you. Can you take this on? $6100 is a lot of money to fundraise!” Though that voice chirped at me, I signed up and made the commitment. After all, my loving grandmother is diabetic, I worked and still work with people who have diabetes. It was a cause that was close to me.
I will be honest. Somewhere in between April and July I lost the reason on why I joined in the first place. The stresses I had from fundraising were through the roof. Being a 22 year old with friends that are mainly still in University, it made it hard to get personal donations from people. I took it very personally. The people you expected to get at least 5 bucks out of, wouldn’t donate at all but still had the guts to purchase 7 dollar lattes and copious amounts of MAC or Christian Dior makeup in front of me. Or the people who would ignore my texts, calls or emails for the past year because they were too worried I would talk about my fundraising. Yet when I ran the race I got a “I am so proud of you.” I soon realized I can’t take it personally. However, what got my blood boiling was when I had a message from a friend after my race saying “how can you expect people to donate and PAY entirely for your little trip to Iceland?” I made it pretty clear that I was part of an association, this was for a good cause. I could not help be put off and furious about that message.
For myself, I will be honest, I had the worst time this year stressing about fundraising. I had moments of random sobbing tears, moments in anger in which resulted in a 23 km run just to cope, and many hours of lost sleep.
Would I do this again?
Crazy enough, I think I would. Maybe when I have less things on my plate. 2012 was a busy year! I went to Toronto to run the marathon, went to Hawaii with my family, went to Winnipeg with Matt, had summer school, quit my old job, took my PT exam and passed, got a new job, moved house, the list goes on. I really WANT to sign up for Team D in Edinburgh 2013 but I honestly don’t think I have the time. (I may also lose more friends over asking for money haha!)
So maybe down the road I will do this again, or at least when I forget how painful the process of fundraising really is for me! 😛
What I take back from this experience
With all honesty, I dreaded this trip. But once I got there I realized why I joined in the first place. I met 48 of the most dedicated, funny, sweetest Canadians I could have ever imagined. In total, our team in Reykjavik raised OVER $320,000 !! I had so much fun talking and learning about the different people, places and experiences with their fundraising these members had.
I also had a chance to breathe my ancestors air as I wanted to. Iceland is a BEAUTIFUL country. The air, like perfume. The springs, BETTER then any hot tub. The landscape, better then any painting I have seen. I absolutely LOVED my trip and would go back in a heart beat.
Love you all