Manitobans take pride in making charitable donations — and we know from studies and from personal experience that giving makes us happier.
According to a recent national study, Manitobans still lead the way when it comes to giving to charities. Manitobans are the most generous among the Canadian provinces, topping the list for 15 straight years.
People generally dig deep into their pockets when there are issues that concern their communities, and when their contributions would make life better for everybody. I know from my work with various organizations that life can change in a second and everyone needs help at some point in their life. It is important to strengthen the organizations that have the ability to help you by donating while you are in a position to help them.
Recently, I helped organize the third Tyndall Park Chess Tournament, which was held last November at the Tyndall Park Community Centre. In spite of the cold weather, a great number of participants came to play, including several students from Stanley Knowles School, who were the tournament’s youngest participants.
The organizers decided to donate 30% of the registration fees to help the Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines, one of many great examples of Manitobans helping others.
However, I must caution Manitobans against unauthorized charities soliciting donations. I would like to remind the public that a reputable canvasser soliciting donations should be able to provide official information about the charity they represent. For more information about licensed charities, call the Consumer Protection Office at 204-945-3800.
Please email me at Ted.Marcelino@YourManitoba.ca or call me at 204-421-9493 if you have further questions regarding this matter.
Even though we’ve consistently been at the top of Canada’s list of the most generous donors, we are always looking for more ways to help those in need. Great job! That’s why we’re called friendly Manitobans.