This week at work I got to be a part of so many truly amazing things. This time I am not talking about selfish awesome things, like hanging out backstage with rock stars, or getting free swag. These awesome things were about giving, and truthfully, those are much better.
I work in radio, and we almost always have giveaways and contests going on. Usually the prizes are things like concert tickets, CD’s and movies, and other fun but otherwise small prizes. As opposed to a stand alone company, I have the benefit of working at a company that owns 4 stations in the same city/ surrounding area so there are always things happening.
This week we had 3 exceptional prizes to give away. The first was mostly sentimental in value. It is called the Golden Smile Award, and it is given away monthly to someone in the listening area who is largely unrecognized, but who impacts a tremendous amount of lives for the better. This month it went to Robert Hajjar, a man born with Down’s Syndrome who works giving motivational speeches across North America about seeing the ability in disability. He works to end discrimination and to open people’s minds about people with an intellectual disabilities and their capabilities.
Next, we had a an all-expenses paid trip to Disney World. This is a pretty extravagant trip; one that many families could only dream about taking. Sometimes it is hard to remember, (especially for those who are unencumbered by children,) that the cost of ANY outing increases exponentially when you go from 1 or 2 people, up to a full family of 5, so a trip like this is out of the question for many. The family that won this trip could not have been any more perfect. When we went to their home to tell them they had won, they children answered the door carrying their own Micky or Minnie Mouse toys, and the parents were crying with pure, unfiltered joy. One doesn’t often get to see this kind of happiness but it is really special when you do.
The last prize we gave away was just purely unique and unforgettable. Imagine playing your favourite instrument, with your favourite band, on stage during soundcheck before they do a show in your hometown? And then on top of that, you get to hangout with them for a while and walk away with some signed gear? In conjunction with Billy Talent, we made that happen for someone and I have never in my life seen a teenage boy so happy about anything ever. That is something that really can’t be replicated and is definitely a story he’ll be telling for the rest of his life.
Sometimes, my job is all about fun, games, and good music but sometimes, when we all get together and work on something, we get to change people’s lives forever. When that happens, that is when I really, really love my job.