Cake for Awesome South Shore’s 2nd Birthday
Hard to believe, but Awesome South Shore celebrates its second birthday this month. We asked three of our $1000 winners to share their thoughts.
Cameron Lane is a student from Caledonia. He writes …
‘My idea was to develop a business that could provide inexpensive, high quality aerial photos/video for a number of different uses. Since I won the award I have completed a program by Saint Mary’s University called the Start-up 100 which helped me understand the process of running my own business. I entered the Awesome Foundation with nothing but an idea. When I won the award I felt as though other people believed in my idea and that has been one of the main driving forces behind this venture. I plan to continue expanding and developing this business over the next year. Thanks Awesome Foundation!’
Kacy Petersen De Long pitched the idea for an organ donor transplant awareness campaign after her husband received a kidney from a friend. Kacy writes …
‘My Awesome experience can be summed up pretty easily … it was Awesome!!! The process was not nearly so terrifying as I assumed it would be. The trustees of Awesome made the evening fun and welcoming. Getting up in front of a group of strangers to talk about a subject I’m very passionate about seemed like it would be intimidating. However, once I got there, everyone was so supportive it was like I was among friends and just hadn’t realized it until that moment. Thanks for inviting me to be a part of this Awesome group!’
Erin Donovan from Mahone Bay and the Open Door Project writes …
‘It’s almost hard to believe how far $1000 can go! The Awesome Foundation supported the creation of a youth group based in Mahone Bay called the Open Door Project. This is a place for South Shore teens and was originally created to give them a safe space to hang out in the Mahone Bay Centre every other Friday.
In reality here is what has happened in less than a year. Open Door has stuffed shoe boxes for kids in Africa for Operation Christmas Child, made treat bags for seniors for Halloween, organized and led a tech-support for seniors day, done theatre games, connected with Second Story for pizza making and Valentine’s treats, and most recently they have teamed up with the Lion’s Club to help with their Food Drive and now the Lion’s Club is helping Open Door with their room rental. The youth also love to sit and play cards, ping-pong and Jenga and there is hardly a cell-phone in sight!
Thanks to the support of the Awesome Foundation the youth are learning community leadership skills, participating in helping others, working together and being positive. We are planning to try to keep going next year, so watch out for us pitching again soon!’
Thanks for sharing Cameron, Kacy and Erin … well said.
Do you have an idea that would make the South Shore even more Awesome?
Pitch it at www.awesomesouthshore.ca ! You could be the South Shore’s newest thousandaire! You can find out more about Awesome South Shore via email email@example.com, at our website, Facebook and Twitter.