Archive for June, 2010

Again, We Have Radio Play!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 28, 2010 by mdride

When Moose Radio played a 30 second advertisement about the garage sale being held at the Town and Country Motel, the people of Parry Sound heard and came out to support  the MDRide Charity event. They came in the rain and wind and browsed, bought, and ate hot dogs under sombre dark clouds.  One kind lady filled up the Town and Country living room a day ahead with a donation of lightly used items, in contribution to our great cause:  SOS Children’s Villages.

On Saturday June 12, the morning of the sale started at 7:00 a.m. with volunteers “Bert” Hughes and Sandi Phillips arranging the garage sale goodies on the deck,  on long tables, and under the eaves of the Town and Country Motel office.  Furniture, t

oys, bedding, pictures, skis, snow-shoes, aquariums, antiques and various other items were amassed in neat formations in wait of a keen eye and eager buyer.  It was at that point that a temperate, misty rain proved mild compared to what the early afternoon would bring.  Within a few hours all but glass ware and plastic goods were moved under the eaves in search of salvation from the down-pour.

Yet, the villagers came in a steady drone.  Most bought and many  offered a few extra quarters once they heard all proceeds were going to the orphaned and abandoned children raised, educated and cared for  by SOS  Children’s Villages in Canada and abroad.

It was a cheery, but soggy morning.  Sandi worked tirelessly emptying drenched glass ware and drying it with a steady stream of tea towels.  From the steps of the motel kitchen,  Bert entertained the guests with a hot pink puppet  who  bobbed his head and wiggled his behind enjoying  the fact that although Bert’s intention was to sell him, it didn’t happen.  Bert just couldn’t part with him.  Not yet anyway.  The July 17 garage sale in Barrie may not be as kind to our self –assured friend!  We’ll see!

And as the deck and tables emptied of our garage sale ware around one

o’clock, and the last of the hot dogs was eaten by a lingering friend,  the rain stopped -the clouds parted and I peeled off my raincoat.  I had an important job to do.  I had to count the money that had accumulated in the leather pouch fastened around my waist.  Loonies and toonies, quarters and dimes clinked in my fingers as I made the finally tally.  $485.15 had been raised through the support of the Parry Sound villagers, and thanks to Bert, who so kindly paid for the food and the advertising, the whole amoun

t is going to SOS Children’s Villages.  BRAVO!

On a final note, a big thanks to Sandi and Bert and to all those who came out to support us.  It was a fun time.

By Kathy Sharpe


Big Things Are Happening!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 8, 2010 by mdride

Although I never feel like I’m moving fast enough or getting enough done, every week seems to produce what I can only call little miracles. And yet I can say with experience, that there are no little miracles, there are only little actions that are miraculous.

I recently spent time with friends I’ve had for ten years and I was admiring and  feeling grateful to be part of a group of 15 people who are  family. That in itself feels like a miracle. But then my friend Sarah burst into the conversation with a firm plan to organize a garage sale with all proceeds supporting my vision and Mother Daughter Ride. I cannot describe the feeling I experienced in that moment – I was so grateful, moved and I felt so loved. And over the last week, she has not only followed up on her word, but she has stepped even further by gaining radio attention and asking local business to provide refreshments. It was enough to feel the support of my friends, but then I experience inspiring others into action. INCREDIBLE. How is it that I’m the one winning all the time? Such a ‘little’ action that felt, and feels, like a miracle.

Sarah, you inspire me. Thank you for believing in me and giving back – these are the moments that push me forward & keep me going.

And thank you to all those supporting me, my vision, Mother Daughter Ride & donating their time and effort to make this national event happen.

And then there are the moments like when I got an unexpected phone call from HONDA!!! I was so excited talking to Kim that as I hung up, I began my usual crazy happy dance, tripped on a near by chair, fell ungracefully and twisted my ankle. The pain was worth the phone call. Not only is MDRide on Honda’s radar, but they’re getting involved!

That is to be added to Yamaha’s donation of 2 motorcycle jackets (S & XL), products from Power2Shine, one and two night stays from accommodations across Canada & product from BMW.

I am excited! I am pumped to experience the ride and even more pumped to inspire and be inspired.

Stay tuned, people! This is gonna’ be a big summer!

The Barrie Mother Daughter Garage Sale
July 17th & 18th, 2010
7:30am – 5:00pm

Paul and Tanya Boken’s Driveway
42 Daphne Cres.
Barrie, ON

The Parry Sound Mother Daughter Garage Sale
June 12, 2010
8:00am – 1:00pm

Town & Country MOTEL
7 Joseph StreetParry Sound, ON