Vancouver’s Philanthropy Project
A few weeks back, our Upper Intermediate PM class were studying Philanthropy. As one of their assignments, each student was given $10 to go and use as they saw fit – they could donate it to a charity, use it to buy someone something, give it to a homeless person, or similar…. The only condition was that they had to write about what they did and why.
Here are three students’ stories:
I pondered a lot what to do with the ten dollars given by St.Giles. Then, on my way back home, I found a flower stall which was selling flowers for relatively cheaper price than other shops. Without any hesitation, I decided to buy bunch of roses and give it to others for surprise. My original plan was to give them to the couples that I meet on the street, but I was afraid that I could offend them unintentionally and ruin their date. Therefore, I changed my plan and decided to give them to my host mom whom I really wanted to appreciate for taking care of me.
When she received the flowers, she really looked happy with a delighted smile on her face. Then, She showed it to her family and they all said I’m so sweet.
Actually before giving the flowers and watching their pleasant reactions, I thought using money for myself would be more satisfactory, but it was obviously more than satisfactory to spend money on others and see them being joyful with my small gift. I realized that it is such a worthwhile thing to do something for others.
Last Saturday I went to Gastown. When I was in front of Steam Clock, a tourist asked me to take a picture of him. I accepted his offer willingly and took a picture. After that, I asked him a favor. I explained my homework to him and asked him to go to a coffee shop with me. At first he was very confused, but he understood what I said and accepted my offer.
I gave my ten dollars to my hostmom. She suffers from multiple sclerosis and she is very involved in fund raising events as she is a member of the MS Society of Canada. It’s amazing to donate money to such organizations! I feel very pleased about helping a great cause like MS. I know ten dollars is not enough to make a great difference but it still something and of course every dollar donated count. I reckon this money will really be collected for the charity and not spent on anything else because I trust my hostmom and as she is an ambassador of the MS Society I am sure those ten dollars will help for the research or sick people.