I WAS ABOUT TO WALK IN the door of my local drugstore when I spotted a table of t-shirts and pamphlets promoting yet another worthy cause seeking financial contributions. There are so many credible reasons to give and/or buy something that it can be overwhelming. Nonetheless, it is difficult not to put Child Find on top of the donation list.
The face of four-year old Michael Dunahee is still etched in my mind after all these years. Sadly, the mystery of his disappearance has remained unsolved and is a cruel reminder of how vulnerable society is to evil-intentioned people. Michael was presumed abducted in 1991 from a playground in Victoria, BC, where there is now a Chapter of Child Find.
It isn't only money that the organization needs. A human heart moved to volunteer is a priceless commodity, particularly when it comes to non-profit organizations. No doubt volunteers play a major role in the 98% plus recovery rate for cases in which Child Find is involved. Volunteers also actively take part in education and prevention programs. This generosity of spirit is the counterbalance that offers hope in the midst of despair.
For those looking to be involved or who simply crave a workout, the Keep the Hope Alive Drive 2010, in Michael Dunahee’s name, might be a good place to start. The 5km family fun run/walk is on Sunday, April 4th, at 10 a.m. at the Esquimalt Curling Rink located at 1151 Esquimalt Road. The Entry Form to attend can be found here.