As you may or may not know I am part of a triathlon team raising money for St. Jude’s children’s and research hospital. The race is in April and as part of the fund raising efforts there are happy hours so people can come together and socialize and raise money at the same time. There is a friendly competition that which ever team has the most people show up for these happy hours at the end of the season gets a party. Well I am a little competitive so I think we need to win this thing. Shoot who doesn’t want a free party. In total there are maybe 5 happy hours. Our team Alien Endurance/Trijungle kicked butt on the first one. We slacked off on the second one and today we were head to head with Fedex. Today I think they ended up with one more person than us.
Today was about motivating people to show up. I was emailing, sending messages on Facebook and calling people. A lot of people showed up. It was awesome. We did good. Then I ran into a Fedex employee who said to me and I quote ” this a Fedex event and I do not see any Fedex employees”. I was like really Fedex made their employees show up and they have no idea what this event is for. This guy really had no idea why he was there. That is really sad. This is about the kids. You would think that if you are going to force your employees to an event you would tell them why.
In the end all the money is for St. Jude’s so its all good and I am glad they came. But at the end of the day you will raise more money if the people feel the charity and get behind it. Well I can say that I am very proud of my team. They all showed up and even brought friends. I know one is joining our team tonight. So that is awesome. My team Alien Endurance/Trijungle is killing it. The best part is that tonight we were talking about how we can raise more money. Do we do bake sales, parties ect. My team came because they want to raise money. This is why I love my team. This is why I am doing this.
What I learned today is that I am surrounded by good people. And with that you can conquer anything.