Wildfires in Oz: fund-raiser with a difference

If you’ve seen any of those horrific pictures from the wildfire disaster in Australia, you may have wondered ‘what can I do to help?’

Here’s something you could consider… something a little different from simply donating a few dollars to an appeal fund.

Speak Out for Australia is a fund-raiser with a difference. The difference is, you don’t just give. You get something really valuable in return. It’s happening right here in Nova Scotia, and across Canada.

Speak Out for Australia will feature some of the best speakers, trainers and facilitators in Canada, offering their services free of charge to support the relief effort. The presenters and facilitators at this day-long event are all leaders in their fields. 

In exchange for a $150 donation to the relief effort, participants will get a chance to experience professional and personal development coaching that would normally cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. 

This is the brainchild of CAPS – the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. On Monday January 27 there will be day-long events in Halifax and Vancouver. 

The organizer, Halifax-based international speaker and coach Ravi Tangri, said: “This is a great opportunity for Canadians to support our friends in Australia, and in return get a chance to enhance their leadership skills and personal development.

In the Maritimes, the Speak Out For Australia event will be held at the Westin Nova Scotia Hotel on Monday, January 27th. The hotel is donating meeting space and refreshments, so all proceeds from the day-long event can go to fire disaster relief.

Money raised will be used to fund Canadian Red Cross support of the Australian Red Cross response to the wildfires.

January 27th has been chosen because it is Australia Day. “This year on Australia Day thousands are homeless, exhausted, frightened and grieving. We can do something to give Australians a little to cheer about,” said Mr Tangri. 

We at Podium Coaching are proud to be working with CAPS to promote this fund-raiser. Please feel free to share this information with your friends.

More information will be available later today at www.speakoutforaustralia.com