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Bake a Change With Robin Hood & WE Day

Robin Hood We Bake For Change

Little S has always had an entrepreneurial quality about her. She loves creating pop-up-shops to sell her handmade items like bracelets and other knickknacks, and she uses the money she makes to donate to various causes like Earth Rangers.

This past summer, Little S decided to hold her first bake sale to raise money for the endangered Little Brown Bats. She chose to bake raspberry scones and though (between you and me) they weren’t the best baked scones one had ever seen, they sold like they were.

We Bake for Change

Everyone that passed by just loved the idea of a young child raising money for a worthy cause. She made more than she was asking for each scone because they were just so impressed. We were pretty proud of her too.

WE BAKE FOR CHANGE

When I learned about the partnership between Robin Hood and WE Day for the We Bake for Change initiative, I was really excited because I knew that this is something that Little S would love to do, and something that we could do together for a good cause.

This is the second year that Robin Hood has partnered with WE Day for the We Bake for Change campaign and the outcome of the first year was just amazing; they inspired 700,000 students across Canada to host bake sales that raised funds for local and global causes. In the 2014 and 2015 school years, over   2,200 schools hosted bake sales and raised over $330,000 for We Bake for Change.

HOW IT WORKS

“When we come together as a family or school to bake for change, we’re doing more than making tasty treats and special memories—we’re making a difference for families and schools overseas. Your bake sale can make sure the dream of education comes true for every child in every family.” – freethechildren.com

Bake on your own or with a group and hold a bake sale to share your recipe for positive change with the world. Your fundraising supports families in developing communities, helping empower them with the resources they need to build a better future.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Robin Hood Bake Sale Recipes

  1. Visit freethechildren.com /we-bake-for-change to sign up – you can do so on your own, with your school or youth group, with your company or with your family
  2. Visit robinhood.ca/BakeSale to gain access to resources to help you run your bake sale. You will find tools like a Bake Sale Checklist, printable materials such as price lists and posters, tips for bake sale success and delicious bake sale-winning-recipes like Chocolate Chip Blondies and Chocolate Zucchini Muffins and so many more.
  3. Brush up on your baking skills (if needed) with online bake classes, advice and even a community for sharing
  4. Take photos of your baking party or bake sale and you can enter to win up to $5,000 to donate to the Adopt a Village country and pillar of your choice.
  5. Note that you can host your bake sale anytime throughout the year – not just in February (We Bake for Change month) – as every sale can “bake a difference” outside of We Bake for Change month
  6. Have fun and enjoy your event!

THE ROBIN HOOD GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ TITLE ATTEMPT FOR LARGEST COOKIE MOSAIC

Robin Hood Shortbread Cookie

On this past Family Day (Feb. 15) Robin Hood visited Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto in an attempt to build a cookie mosaic that resembled a map of the world and showcased the parts of the world where We Bake for Change has made a difference.

In creating the cookie mosaic the Robin Hood team attempted to achieve the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the largest cookie mosaic – the cookie was estimated to be approx. 30 feet by 40 feet or a whopping 1,440 square feet; it was comprised of over 13,000 individual shortbread cookies measuring 3 x 3 inches each.

To see how they did, check out the #RobinhoodFamilyDay #WeBakeforChange tags on Twitter and Instagram.

I know that Little S and I are going to have some fun creating our own bake sale and you can keep your eye out for our posts on Instagram of our successes. I hope that you will join in and host a sale of your own with you children, students and/or coworkers! Together we can “bake a difference”!

City Mom

 

Please Take a Moment to Read: Child Abuse Prevention Month #StopChildAbuse

Child Abuse Prevention Month
Child abuse is a topic that is near and dear to my heart; I’m a mom after all, and chances are that if you are reading this, you are a parent too, so I assume it is an important topic to you as well. So thank you for taking a moment to read this quick informational post.

OCTOBER IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

Do you know what to do if you suspect child abuse? Do you know the signs that may indicate that a child is falling victim to child abuse? I thought I had a general idea on both of these questions, but after looking into, I realized that I needed to know more. I assume I’m not alone in this realization; I want to share what I learned in an easy (and hopefully quick) format.

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

We all share a responsibility to protect children and youth from harm – a responsibility that extends to those situations where children may be at risk, suffer abuse and/or neglect in their own homes. Ontario’s Child and Family Services Act provides protection for these children and youth.

TYPES OF ABUSE

Child abuse graphic

First, let’s take a quick look at the kinds of abuse we are talking about:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Neglect

What is physical child abuse?

Physical abuse could result from a parent or person in charge causing physical injury to a child, or failing to adequately supervise a child or from a pattern of neglect of the child. Here are some examples of physical abuse:

  • beating
  • slapping
  • hitting
  • pushing
  • throwing
  • shaking
  • burning

What is sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse happens when a parent or other person in charge sexually molests or uses a child for sexual purposes or knowingly fails to protect a child from sexual abuse. Here are some examples of sexual abuse:

  • any sexual act between an adult and a child, including intercourse
  • fondling
  • exposing a child to adult sexual activity
  • sexual exploitation through child prostitution or child pornography

What is emotional abuse?

Emotional abuse occurs when a parent or other person in charge causes emotional harm or fails to protect a child from emotional harm that results from verbal abuse, mental abuse and psychological abuse. Here are some examples of emotional abuse:

  • Yelling at, screaming at, threatening, frightening, or bullying a child
  • Humiliating the child, name-calling, making negative comparisons to others, or saying things like: “You’re no good. You’re worthless. You’re bad. Having you was a mistake.”
  • Showing little to no physical affection (such as hugs) or words of affection (praise or saying “I love you.”)
  • Saying that everything is the child’s fault.
  • Withdrawing attention, giving the child the “cold shoulder”
  • Confining a child in a closet or a dark room, or tying the child to a chair for long periods of time
  • Allowing the child to be present during violent behavior of others, including the physical abuse of others

What is neglect?

Neglect happens when a child’s parent or other person in charge does not provide for a child’s physical, developmental, emotional or psychological needs. Here are some examples of neglect:

  • failing to provide emotional support, love and affection
  • failing to provide:
    • proper food
    • clothing suitable for the weather
    • supervision
    • a home that is clean and safe
    • medical care, as needed

SIGNS OF ABUSE

Thanks for reading this far…I know it’s not pleasant material to read, but it is so very important to educate yourself on this topic…so let’s keep going.

Signs of Physical Abuse

Signs of Physical Abuse

Signs of Sexual Abuse

Signs of Sexual Abuse

Signs of Emotional Abuse

Signs of Emotional Abuse

Signs of Neglect

Signs of Neglect

WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT ABUSE

Here is a quick video that will help you to learn more about what you should do if you suspect a child is victim to abuse. This video is relevant to Ontarioans. Your call could be the most important in a child’s life. This video explains why:

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Visit www.oacas.org

Thank you for reading this post to the end. Please help me to spread the word about Child Abuse Prevention month by sharing this post with your social networks. Together we can make a difference.

City Mom

Nominate Your Community for a $25,000 Prize!

Kraft Celebration Tour

Canada becomes the backdrop for the country’s biggest summertime celebration as the award-winning Kraft Celebration Tour gets set to hit the road for the fifth consecutive year.  And we Canadians have an opportunity to get our communities involved.

ABOUT THE TOUR

Since April 29, 2013, Canadians have been able to nominate their city/town for a $25,000 prize which would see a community improvement project take place in their municipality.

The tour is brought to us by Kraft and TSN with the goal of recognizing the passion and community spirit that brings people together and promotes healthy active lifestyles from coast to coast. To date, Kraft has helped 40 different communities with $1 million towards improvement projects including:

• Building a skateboard park
• Upgrading a sports field
• Improving a boxing facility
• Renovating a community youth centre

And what is perhaps almost as exciting as the $25,000 prize is the fact that Canada’s number one sportscast, TSN will broadcast live from the 10 communities chosen to win.

HAVE YOUR SAY LONDON

As a long-time promoter and enthusiast of my city, London Ontario, I am a little biased in the fact that I want London to be one of the winners. So I’m calling all Londoners to get their nominations in!

How to enter:

Visit kraftcelebrationtour.ca before June 7, 2013 and share a short essay and up to five photos on why your community deserves to be part of the Kraft Celebration Tour.

Be sure to include your reasons why you think the $25,000 prize will benefit your community and how you think it will to improve a local community space. Your essay should touch upon how the award would help promote community spirit, a passion for sports, and an active lifestyle. 

FIND OUT MORE

To find our more information about this exciting opportunity visit Kraft Celebration Tour on Facebook, follow @KCTAndy and the hashtags #KCT or #tourneedecelebrationkraft on Twitter and TSN on Facebook.

WHO WILL YOU NOMINATE?

I can think of a few different candidates in my community that would be worthy of the $25,000 prize but my nomination will go to Victoria Park in the heart of London.

Victoria Park Band Shell

Victoria Park is 18 acres and is in downtown London. Many of our best community events take place here and it is the gathering place for a diverse group of people from around the city.

The park itself is in very good condition and has many monuments and historical plaques sharing the wonderful history of the park. There is a large band shell and even a public skate park with metal benches and space for this activity.

Because Victoria Park facilitates so many amazing events for so many Londoners and tourists alike, it really is our community meeting space and I feel it could benefit for some additional resources.

Though I am not a city zoning expert (so these ideas may not be possible) I believe we could make this park more family friendly with more accessible washrooms, a splash pad and/or a playground.

I would love to see the skate park expanded upon to give the enthusiasts of this sport even more choice for their pastime. I would also love to see more recreational facilities like beach volleyball courts, basketball courts and shuffleboard.

The ideas are endless and implementing some of them will help to strengthen our community at its very core as well as help to promote togetherness and physical activity.

What community space would you nominate in your city and why?

Disclosure – I am participating in the Kraft Celebration Tour Blogger Campaign. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion. The opinions on this blog are my own.

City Mom

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