Paying it Forward: Bobby Genovese Gives Back Through 2020 Boat Rally for Kids Event

Please join us in Muskoka, Ontario as we gather in support of a world of possibilities for kids with disabilities at the 8th Annual Boat Rally for Kids, July 24 and 25, 2020

This exciting boating event raises much-needed funds to a variety of important organizations that support children in need. This year’s funds will be donated to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital — Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital focused on improving the lives of children and young people with disabilities.

The fun-filled weekend on Muskoka’s Lake Joe and Rosseau will start on Friday with the Celebrity Draft Party where Boat Rally teams that have raised $20,000 or more will have the opportunity to draft a Celebrity Team Navigator. The highest fundraising team will have first draft pick. The remaining teams will draft in order of funds raised. Then, on Saturday, the Scavenger Cup, one of my favorite events, will give Boat Rally teams the opportunity to embark on a journey following a series of clues posted at various stops along the way. Participants will also have the pleasure of meeting and interacting with some of the inspiring children benefitting from this event.

Without question my involvement in these two annual events has been one of the great honors of my life. 

Not only have they raised more than $25 million since the Car Rally began in 2007 and the Boat Rally in 2012 but they demonstrate how successful we can be in coming together for a common cause. I’ve truly enjoyed being involved with the rallies, and working with an amazing team of volunteers behind the scenes.

I’ve also enjoyed supporting Toronto Hospital for Sick Kids, helping to raise money for pediatric cancer research. 

Through raising funding, we are able to help provide critical resources and support for their pediatric cancer initiatives, from research and treatment to practical advancements like chemotherapy backpacks that free young patients from confining hospital stays.

Another top charity that I’ve been passionate about supporting is the Vancouver-based Face the World Foundation, which is dedicated to helping Vancouver’s less fortunate. 

This year’s annual Face The World Foundation Gala, which I’ve been proud to support for decades, will be held on May 30, 2020. In its 30 year history, this event has raised over $19 million for the worthy organizations that it supports.

Through grants, the organization offers financial support to local non-profit organizations whose services relieve poverty, provide medical, artistic or educational aid for children, assist with shelter, alleviate hunger, or assist those dealing with physical, mental or substance abuse.

The Dalai Lama once said, “our prime purpose in this life is to help others.”  There are many reasons people donate their time and money, though the act of ‘paying it forward’ is not a new concept. The phrase has taken on a larger, more impactful meaning as I’ve matured. Moreover, in today’s climate, social awareness is at the forefront of many minds. For businesses, pursuing philanthropic causes is practically a necessity for attracting both consumers and employees. While we know that many large corporations donate money to charities, it’s not uncommon for individual donors to promote causes they care about as well.  

On an individual level, if you can’t afford to donate financially, volunteering your time is equally valuable. Start a community garden. Become a mentor to underprivileged youth. Nonprofits are always looking for volunteers, whether it’s to feed the homeless at a shelter or to hand out water to survivors of a natural disaster, there are thousands of organizations that need support in a variety of ways that are not financial. Not only will you give back to your community and make a difference, but you’ll feel good about yourself in the process.