This is a special edition of PumpTalk – brought to you by the Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation. Today’s post is written by Ulrike Thomas, Senior Advisor Petro-Canada Community Involvement.
Every week more than 8 million Canadians spend an average of 19 unpaid hours as a family caregiver – someone who cares for a family member, close friend or neighbour on top of their regular commitments.
With this in mind, the Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation is launching an opportunity for you to get involved not only in supporting family caregivers but in learning first-hand what it’s like to provide 19 hours of care.
From October 19 – November 19, we’re holding the first annual Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation 19-Hour Care Commitment and invite you to join us in raising awareness and funds for family caregivers across Canada.
You can work alone or as part of a team to provide 19 hours of support directly to a family caregiver while collecting pledges from your networks. Some ideas for supporting family caregivers:
- Call them to check in and see how they are doing. The power of knowing someone is thinking of you cannot be underestimated.
- Meet them for coffee so that they get some time away.
- Spend an hour researching local services for a caregiver’s loved one.
- Offer to pick up their groceries.
- Take their dog for a walk or mow their lawn.
- Cook a double batch of dinner or bake an extra dozen cookies and drop it off.
Don’t know a family caregiver directly? You can support the cause by making a donation on our event page.
Once you sign up for the 19 Hour Care Commitment, you’ll gain access to a virtual toolkit that includes even more details about family caregivers, pre-written communications and fundraising resources. We encourage you to share your journey on social media using the hashtag #19HoursOfCare. You can follow us on our social channels and watch for details on special contests and prizes:
All monies raised through this campaign go directly to providing support and resources to family caregivers. The Petro-Canada CareMakers Foundation provides grants to charitable organizations across the country that support this important group.
One of my favourite quotes about family caregivers comes from Rosalyn Carter…
"There are only four kinds of people in the world - those who have been caregivers, those who are caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers."