This event also raises money for charity. Can you tell us a bit more about it?
In the first two years, people were so gracious and appreciative of our efforts in hosting these Jamborees, they would offer to make contributions to our expenses. We were doing this as a labour of love so, admittedly, we were uncomfortable accepting money. Over the past 2 1/2 years, we have seen many Border Collie rescues cross our group page and have been thrilled to see some of them get adopted through our members. We greatly admire, and respect people advocating for these beautiful Border Collies and want to, as a group, contribute to these efforts. As such, we felt that the Jamboree would provide a great platform to garner support for this mission, given the kindness and enthusiasm of our attendees.
Our 11-year-old nephew, Theo, lives three hours away and was excited to be attending his first Jamboree this year. Learning that we would be having our first fundraiser, he eagerly went on a mission so that he could make a contribution, in Maya’s honour. He sold a homemade BBQ spice rub door to door, in his home town, raising $225. Learning of his efforts, one of our generous members challenged him and committed to doubling his efforts.
To encourage donations, aside from free bandanas, we introduced “door prizes”, at our personal expense. We were so pleased that several kind people stepped up and gifted some great “door prizes” as well. The final tally for this year’s donations totaled close to $1400 and we are now in the process of selecting a worthy recipient(s). We look forward to increasing these efforts, with future events, and kind support from our members.