Trick or Treat for UNICEF – Part 2
October 27, 2009 by Simon
Continued from Trick or Treat for UNICEF – Part 1
We ended the day at the candy store. I made a corporate decision that we should reward ourselves with a pop and candy bar because we had done such a great job.
So Thursday morning rolled along, the day after Halloween and I was at the front of the school before the bell rang and there were kids there with their UNICEF collection boxes and I observing kids ask each other “what did you collect for UNICEF?”
A number of the reports were $8.32, $1.15 and $11.65.
I kept my number to myself as I wasn’t into making a show.
We handed in our UNICEF collection boxes to our teachers and settled into the day’s lessons.
I had my head down into whatever I was doing and I heard a knock on the door; “where is Simon Reilly” I heard Sister Superior say. Sister Superior was the principal of the school and all the class sat at attention with me thinking about what I had done to draw this much attention.
“Simon Reilly come up here to the front of the class”! “Do you know what you have done?! Do you know what you have done?” I head as I made my way to the front.
“This is unheard of! You have collected $118.72! Nobody has ever done anything like this before. This is amazing, how did you do it?”
I shared my entrepreneurial story.
The next thing I knew, I was whisked off to the newspaper by Mrs. Blackwell whose husband Bob Blackwell was the photographer for The Chilliwack Progress to get my picture taken for a story. I can remember I was having a bad hair day and Mrs. Blackwell had a comb and wet it in a puddle and combed my hair for the picture.
A few weeks later, I received a letter of thanks from UNICEF in New York
That was a time when I was unconsciously acting upon the inherent values that have served me for most of my life especially when I took the time to wake up to them as I am doing right now.