I’m hoping to start a new trend for kids birthday parties. Ethical Giving. Let the parents buy what they would like for their child knowing what they need and like and everyone else makes a donation to the charity they feel is appropriate or does something in honour of the birthday child. The birthday party business is a multi billion dollar industry. We could feed all the children in Africa with this money.
Day 39 / GIVE 39
Today, Nic and I attended a birthday party of one of his little girlfriends.
Instead of giving her a gift that would soon be forgotten, we decided to get her a gift that would help an organization she loves, The Vancouver Aquarium.
The Vancouver Aquarium is a remarkable place. I do have mixed feelings about it as I find it difficult at times to see the wildlife captured and caged, yet understand the importance of research and understanding these creatures to help preserve them.
We are annual Aquarium members who visit 4 – 5 times a year. It’s both a perfect rainy day activity and a great opportunity to teach your child about the fish, ocean and respecting them through our actions.
We have watched the dolphin show on many occasions. Who doesn’t like a dolphin? They are fun, friendly, acrobats. All three dolphins present today were rescued from fishing nets and brought back to life and good health by the staff at the Aquarium. Now considered “unable to return to the ocean” due to health reasons, these animals are studied in hopes that we can understand and help other dolphins in the future.
We are blessed to have the largest Aquarium in Canada just a few minutes from our house in Stanley Park. If you ever come to Vancouver it is worth a visit for all ages. Whether you go and visit once in your lifetime or buy a yearly membership it supports the Aquarium and the work they do.
Conservation, education, research and connection.
The more we feel connected to our planet the more we will understand the importance of taking good care of it not just for us, but for all the animals we share it with.
Happy Birthday Grace!!
Time Commitment: 0
Cost: Same as I would spend on a child’s birthday present