After many attempts in hosting fundraisers, I realized that I wasn’t really getting the outcome that I desired. The fundraisers were held on very small scales with limited participants therefore resulting in very low amount of profit. I talked with my mom and we both agreed that it would be a lot of fun to plan our own gala and showcase the talented youths in my community.
I always wanted to plan a bigger event where I can bring together youths and adults and provide everyone with a chance to just have a fun time. But of course, the bigger an event is, the more work and time is needed for preparation.
My mom and I were in different countries during the summer since I was travelling in China which made planning the event even more complicated. I couldn’t see the venues for myself, the time difference was a hassle, and the only way for me to contact many people was by email which was not the most efficient. There were many arguments between my mom and I because we had different visions on how the event will turn out. For example, I thought it was more important that people are able to connect and network while my mom thought it was more important that people who came get quality food and space. My mom’s idea then would lead to more expensive venues and catering services.
Throughout the month of July, there were many idea chances and it seemed as if my entire life revolved around this one fundraiser. My mom went everywhere trying to find venues and I was sending out emails trying to find sponsors and performers. We successfully collaborated with 5 sponsors in support of our event including TWG tea and Hainle Winery and around 10 performers including Miss Teenage Lower Mainland. When I received a letter of support from Canadian Cancer Society and when I got the admission tickets printed I knew it was going to be an amazing event.
The event was set on August 10th in VanDusen garden and the turn out was so much better than I expected. Guests were having fun, socializing and enjoying all the performances and the volunteers were working very well together to ensure the smoothness of the event.
This event couldn’t have happened if I didn’t have everyone’s support so for that I am so so grateful. In the end we had over $800 in profit that was donated towards Me to We and the Canadian Cancer Society. I can’t wait to plan another similar event in the future because I learned so much from this one and I know the next ones are only going to be more successful!