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Posted: Sep 12 2004, 12:50 PM
Sara *hearts* Ryan
Member No.: 4
Joined: 15-March 04
Hey guys, I'm sure by now you're all aware of the special birthday present for Ryan that two fabulous fans have cooked up. I only heard about it recently though, and I wanted to make sure everyone knows about it because it's for such a fabulous cause. For me personally, the Children's Wish Foundation means a lot. My younger brother was diagnosed with leukemia back in May. He recieved a wish from the CWF a couple weeks ago, a really amazing laptop that he can use for school work and to stay in touch with his friends while he's in the hospital.
This letter was written by the organizers of the campaign:
Dear Ryan Malcolm Fans:
This is an invitation to you, to be part of a very special gift and tribute for Ryan to mark his birthday this October.
Some of you may recall that back in December 2003, radio station 98.1 CHFI in Toronto held a contest to win a private concert with Ryan. In order to win, you had to pledge the highest donation to the Children’s Wish Foundation. Malcolmaniacs rose to the challenge and pledged over $2000 to this great charity. But unfortunately we were outbid. This is our chance to pick up where we left off!
What we are proposing is a group donation to the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada to mark Ryan’s Birthday. The Children’s Wish Foundation is dedicated to working with children with high-risk, life threatening illnesses, and provides the opportunity to realize their most heartfelt wish. Their vision is to help every child enjoy the best quality of life possible, including the experience of laughter, shared joy, and treasured memories with important people in their lives.
There are many things we could do to celebrate this special day in Ryan’s life. We could give him some object or plan a party. But we feel a donation to the Foundation in his honour is something all of us, no matter where we are, can participate in. This is something that will have a real impact on a brave child and his or her family.
There’s another reason we feel this gesture from his fans, on his behalf, would be something Ryan would treasure:
Ryan’s birthday will also mark the sad anniversary of the death of a very special fan. This was a little girl by the name of Leah. Leah was very young when she was stricken with leukemia. Like us, Leah grew to love Ryan as she watched him on Canadian Idol. It was her wish to actually meet Ryan and, fortunately, he was able to fulfill her wish just before she passed away. Ryan was so touched by her, that she inspired him to plan a charitable foundation in her name. With Ryan's busy schedule, this has yet to happen, so in the meantime, we think a pledge to the Children’s Wish Foundation will be a worthy way not only to honour Ryan, but to honour the memory of Leah. We are sure Ryan would be the first to say that he has amazing fans. In our own way, we helped make a dream of his come true.
Everyone has always displayed so much enthusiasm and unfailing support for Ryan, and we have made and shared so many memories. We are asking that you bring some of that same energy into making this campaign a huge success. No matter how much you may chose to give, together we can once again make memories, and help realize dreams.
So, who are “we” ?
We are people who love and support Ryan, just like you! And we also sincerely support The Children’s Wish Foundation.
We’ve decided to stay anonymous because we want everyone’s focus to be 100% on the goal of this campaign. We hope everyone will respect our wishes on this point. No one involved will be naming names!
We can tell you that before undertaking this we spoke to Ryan’s family and his manager and remain in contact with them.
Our fundraising proposal was formally submitted and approved by the National Office of The Children’s Wish Foundation in accordance with their guidelines. We also have the approval of Ryan’s manager and of Ryan himself.
How do you donate?
- In person, at any TD Canada Trust branch. The account is set up in the name "Ryan CWF Fund". The account number is 5203876, branch number 309.<br>
- By credit card by calling the Children’s Wish Foundation’s toll free number: 1-800-700-4437
Remember when calling to note that your donation is in honour of Ryan Malcolm. This will ensure that your donation is tracked to this campaign and will be included with the total of donations received in the TD Canada Trust account or the other methods noted below.
Canadian and International fans:
- By credit card through the Children’s Wish Foundation’s secure online donation facility located on their website at http://www.childrenswish.ca/content/grant-wish.php
Just go to the “Give Online” section on this page.
1. If you are donating from outside of Canada, the amount of your donation will be converted into your currency at current exchange rates.
2. Funds should be directed to the National Office of the Foundation.
3. In the “Tribute” field, chose “In honour of” from the drop down menu. Enter Ryan Malcolm in the name field. This will ensure that your online donation is tracked to this campaign and will be included with the total of donations received in the TD Canada Trust account or via mail or fax.
4. You do not need to fill out the Acknowledgement Card fields. We will arrange for a special acknowledgement card for Ryan.
- By sending a cheque, money order or credit card information via regular mail. Credit card information can also be faxed.
You can print out a donation form at the Children’s Wish Foundation website at: http://www.childrenswish.ca/content/grant-wish.php
Just go to the “Give By Fax or Mail Section” on this page.
1. In the “Tribute to” field, enter “Ryan Malcolm”. This will ensure that your online donation is tracked to this campaign and will be included with the total of donations received in the TD Canada Trust account, online and by phone.
2. You do not need to fill out the Acknowledgement Card fields. We will arrange for a special acknowledgement card for Ryan.
3. Send your completed form with credit card information, cheque or money order to:
The Children's Wish Foundation of Canada
95 Bayly Street, Suite 404
Ajax, Ontario L1S 7K8
Fax: (905) 426-4111
Let us know you’ve donated!
Please send us a brief email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We need to know your name, where you are from (city, province, country) and the amount of your donation.
If you made a donation through the TD Canada Trust account and would like a tax receipt, we need to know this as well.
Also, if you would like to include a brief (i.e. no longer than half of an 8x10 page) message to Ryan about why you chose to donate to this fundraiser in his honour, we will compile these and present them to Ryan on the day of the cheque presentation. You can do this when you tell us about your donation or if you want to think about it, you can send us your thoughts later. Please try to keep your messages on-topic.
Why do we need this information?
When the cheque is presented to a representative of the Children’s Wish Foundation, Ryan will also be given a special acknowlegement card as a memento of this special donation. The card will list the names of the donors and where they are from. We will include your personal messages with this card. Note: the amount of your donation will not appear anywhere on the card.
We need to know the amount of your donation only for:
- Accounting purposes to reconcile donations to the balance in the account
- Tax receipt purposes if you donated through the TD Canada Trust account. We will need to supply the Children’s Wish Foundation with a list of donors that require receipts including their names, addresses and the donation amount.
Also, we want to keep you informed! We’ll send out periodic email updates letting you know how the campaign is progressing.
Please be assured that any information you send will be held in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with anyone except The Children’s Wish Foundation and 100% of your donation will go to the Foundation.
More about the acknowledgement card
When will the donation be presented?
Arrangements are being made to present the cheque to a representative of the Foundation in Toronto on the afternoon of October 15th.
This ceremony will not be open to the public. We’ll arrange to have pictures posted on Ryan’s website: http://vikrecordings.com/ryanmalcolm/index.html
Will we know which child or children receives our donation?
We won’t know ahead of time who this donation will be directed to. After the wish is granted, the Foundation can provide us with more information that we will of course share will all of you and Ryan.
Why wasn’t this just organized through the message board of Ryan’s website like the CHFI contest?
Originally, this was supposed to be a big surprise for Ryan. So posting about this on the message board would have been impossible since Ryan also reads and posts there. However, for Ryan to be there the day of the presentation, his management had to inform him of what was happening.Now that this is no longer a secret, we don’t mind if people want to talk about this on the message board. But in order to keep this as organized as possible, please stick to the guidelines we have given you and use the Yahoo email address to correspond with us.
We will not respond to any questions or comments posted on the message board.
Please be aware that the Forum Administrator of the message board has also been notified that this campaign is taking place. We have a responsibility to uphold the good name of the Children’s Wish Foundation since they have officially approved this fundraiser and allowed us to use their name and logo. The message board is open to the public so we have to be sensitive to any comments made there that might reflect badly on the Foundation. We trust that nothing like this will happen. But nonetheless, we will monitor any discussions and ask that anything “inappropriate” be deleted. Your cooperation with this is appreciated.
If you have questions or concerns…
Please email us at email@example.com
We will get back to you as quickly as possible.
We also encourage you to visit the Children’s Wish Foundation website at http://www.childrenswish.ca/ for general information about the work of this great charity.
Don’t forget to read the inspiring stories under “Share a Smile” or Visit a Chapter and view some of the local wish stories on the Chapter pages.
Please pass this letter on to someone you know. We may have missed an important Malcolmaniac by accident. Also the more letters that are sent out, the larger this donation will be to honour Ryan and Leah.
We want to thank everyone in advance for your support of this campaign. We know that, working together, we can make this an incredible success. Ryan will be so happy and amazed at the wonderful fans he has all over the world.
Ryan does have the best fans ever!