I was flipping through a local paper yesterday morning reading the headlines, looking at the pictures when I came across a great article. I will admit the young man in the photo caught my eye, he was holding a large globe. He looked like a nice guy who was doing something positive for the world (hense the globe) and we don’t see enough of that these days. I couldn’t pass by without reading what he was up to.
His name is Joel Nagtegaal, he is 24 years old from Langley, BC. Joel and his friends had an idea that started with facial hair. In many parts of Canada, it is traditional for men to grow a beard, or goatee, while their favorite hockey team is in the playoffs. Never underestimate brainstorming! It works ! Working with The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC), Joel and company pledged $25 a win to purchase a goat for a family in need. If all went according to plan, there would be 16 goats bought by the time Vancouver was in possession of the Stanley Cup at the end of the post-season. The goats would be given to Third World African countries in need. Although the Canucks were eliminated prematurely people from 72 different countries still visited the Goat Canucks Goat website. I immediately went to their website as I know you will too to see what it was all about. It is inspiring to say the least! I found their site very creative and funny while being packed full of important information! What a combination! What an inspiring story to see young men doing something for others. That is EXACTLY what I am trying to teach my son at 10 years old! To lose his self importance and think of others. Joel and his friends parents should be proud! I will continue with my son and perhaps see him do something like Joel is in the future! What a great role model!
Joel is already planning his next idea, something like Goat for Gold, where people could pledge a goat for every metal earned by Canadian Athletes at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver! I can’t wait to see this take off as well!
Here is the information you need to check out this wonderful gesture of kindness. We all need to step up and be a part of something like goat Canucks goat! And YES of course I bought a Goat!!