While we're all busy trying to figure out Apple's Ping, using Google Instant and trying to get our hands on the new Blackberry Torch - there are people on the other side of the world worrying about where they're going to sleep tonight, what they're going to eat for their next meal and how they're going to get medicine for their sick child.
I'm talking about the floods in Pakistan. A single tragedy that is going down in history as one of the most devastating disasters in the world - displacing more than 21 million people from their homes. This is bigger than the Indian Tsunami in 2004, the Kashmir Earthquake in 2005, and the Haiti Earthquake in 2010 - all combined. Now, that’s big.
Here at Responsetek, an employee initiated an internal challenge to raise money for the flood victims. They had seen firsthand, the beauty of the landscape and kindness of the people, ten years ago when they had traveled to Northern Pakistan; the area most severely hit by the floods.
We took the challenge seriously and in less than a week, we raised over $8,500 in actual aid to help the flood victims in Pakistan with more than 75% of our employees participating. Our chosen charity, World Vision Canada, will be able to provide aid and support to over 140 families and their children in the affected areas.
One of the unexpected outcomes of this process has been a really positive effect on moral. Several employees have taken the time to talk to me about how positively they felt about us, as a company, giving back to help those less fortunate. Although it was merely a week, it was a great experience centered around the simple act of giving.
We spend so much time these days preoccupied with shareholders, sales, expense management, the economy and so on and so forth, that it’s easy to forget that most of us started our businesses in order to make a difference at some level. This past week has reminded me that we can make a difference to those people in need, and that too, in a relatively short amount of time. We just have to look in the right places.
Thanks again to all the ResponseTek employees that helped us support World Vision Canada and the flood victims in Pakistan over the past week.
I hope this reminds or at least, inspires you to encourage your company to give back to those who need it most. Take it as a challenge, and I promise you'll feel good about it.