Each Spring, our family participates in the RBC Race for the Kids supporting oncology and mental health initiatives at our local hospital, BC Children’s Hospital. If you have spent any time at the hospital, it is hard not to support the cause. It is home to some of the world’s best doctors and nurses, that care to deeply about making sick kids better. Of course, we have a close connection to it after spending almost a year there off and on while my son was going through this cancer treatments and regularly get to visit for check-ups. Each time I am there, I feel so blessed to live close by such a world class facility.
Annually, we host a bake sale and one other charity initiative to raise funds for our team. Last year, we had an Olympic themed event for kids in our neighbourhood. However, in all honesty, this year the fundraising and race sort of snuck up on me. Something about working almost full time hours and taking care of a household that has been taking up my time. In any case, I see the importance of teaching my kids about giving back and decided a lemonade stand would be a great compromise. It would take up a bit less planning time on my par and the kids would enjoy “manning” the stand. I, of course, also knew it could be fun to setup.
I found a charming white stand on Amazon to use as the base. What I loved about the stand was that it was cardboard, easy to setup and most importantly, could be used over and over again for pretend play in our house (my kids love to play store and ice cream stand). Then I reached out to some local companies to donate some of their delicious baked goods. The Lemon Square is an amazing brand that specializes in the most delicious lemon squares you will have in your entire life and of course, worked great with our theme. My friend Jenny over at Hello Hoopla has been a long time supporter of the “RBC Race for the Kids” and I knew her adorable and yummy sugar cookies would be a hit with customers. The lemon and strawberry cut outs were almost too cute to eat.
On a trip to the local supermarket, I added to our offering by picking up chips, candy and of course, lemonade. I bought classic lemonade, and also, another brand of sparking lemonade which I am in love with, called Lemon Lemon Sparkling Lemonade by 7up. Not only does this lemonade taste good, but the actual cans add color to any event.
We were planning to have our lemonade stand setup at a local park where my son plays soccer each Saturday. It was an ideal spot as for four hours straight kids from 4 – 9 years play their games and we were hoping to get their donations during this time. After getting the go ahead from the soccer organization, we were set for the first Saturday in June. As I usually do when I am planning a party, I did a run through of my plan. Mostly I do this to ensure I don’t forget anything when I am packing up to setup, as I would not be able to just run home to get something once I was there.
Come sale day, the weather cooperated and we managed to get setup in a prime location by the soccer fields. We had a very successful outing thanks to a great group of kid and parent volunteers, as well as, many friends and local community members coming out to support the cause. We raised over $500 in just the four hours! And even better, we started running out of goods, just as the sale was wrapping up.The next day, our family and friends participated in our 6th “RBC Race for the Kids”. As always it was an emotional day watching my son and his buddies run beside one another, for there were days during his treatment when I wondered how things would turn out. Our Team Awesome had another great year and raised over $11,000 for BC Children’s Hospital, bringing our 5 year total close to $50,000. We look forward to racing again next year, and of course, I look forward to coming up with another fun fundraising initiative.
Lemon Bars – The Lemon Square
Lemon and Strawberry Sugar Cookies – Hello Hoopla
Sparkling Lemonade – Lemon Lemon Sparkling Lemonade
Lemonade Banner, Cups, Napkins, Straws – Target Dollar Spot