Five hours later, a grand total of $2,354 was raised at the Beauty Benefit for the Canadian Red Cross...and with the Canadian government matching individual donations until Feb. 12th, that total doubled to $4,708 towards Haiti relief efforts. We were hoping to raise a base total of $1,500 with the fundraiser, but the day and everyone there really went above and beyond our expectations! Amazing!
Photos courtesy of Spencer Fu and Julie Isip
The success of the day would not have been possible without the generous efforts of all our volunteers. A huge, heartfelt thank you to our awesome volunteer crew (of make-up artists, hair stylists, photographers, family members, friends, significant others, a cupcake baker and a florist!) that all helped to pull the day off! We're missing some key peeps in the following shot, but here are some of the Hope for Haiti's gracious volunteers:
photo by Spencer FuThe beginnings of the Beauty Benefit all started out as a simple tweet to which the response was overwhelming and inspiring! There were clearly many of us out there that wanted to find a way to somehow actively help Haiti, rather than just passively donate money. As creative types, we realized how fortunate and thankful we were to be able to do what we love, but to also have choice in doing so.
With the Beauty Benefit, our collective aim was to take action and share what we love to do with those in our local community, while also raising funds and awareness towards relief efforts in Haiti. Sometimes we can take a cue from the good intentions of children selling lemonade for charity on the neighbourhood street corner...and this Beauty Benefit was our way of 'selling lemonade' as adults. :)
My hope is that actions like this can demonstrate how each of us can each help our local and global community in our own different ways. Following the success of our Hope for Haiti Beauty Benefit, I really hope that an event like this can become an annual affair for different worthwhile causes.
For more on the amazing people behind the event, check out below (click and enlarge):
Spencer Fu's blog post on Hope for Haiti Beauty Benefit