Do Me A Solid: Good Karma for 2012

Start 2012 off with some good karma. Here are a few great ways to give back to some very important causes. 

First up is the Dance to Conquer Cancer, hosted by the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation on Sunday, February 12. This groovy event is hosted by fitness fanatic
Richard Simmons, disco queen Gloria Gaynor and So You Think You Can Dance Canada’s Blake McGrath so you know the dance party is for serious.

If you raise a minimum of $500, you can dance alongside these all-stars during the four-hour dance-a-thon, while helping support high priority cancer research. If you’re shy about busting out your disco shoes, you can still enjoy dinner and Gloria Gaynor’s performance later that evening. 

This is all happening at the Paramount Conference and Event Centre, and you can register to participate or purchase tickets at


Dare Campaign, hosted by the Stephen Lewis Foundation

Curious about how you can help the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa? Easy. Just think of an interesting dare for yourself, set a fundraising goal, create a profile online and get started. Some options include an individual dare, like performing a night of solo stand-up comedy (or figure skate, like Strombo did); a group dare like organizing five people to participate in a marathon; or dare to dine where you invite your friends over for a homemade dinner in return for a donation.

All funds raised will support the grassroots organizations turning the tide of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. For more information on the Dare Campaign, please visit the site. For Dare inspirations, check out this video (one guy rode an Ostrich around Toronto for a day!)

Twitter: @StephenLewisFDN

Adopt an Animal, hosted by the World Wildlife Foundation

Symbolically adopt a species at risk including the giant panda, jaguar, orangutan, Emperor penguin, walrus, grey wolf and many more to help protect them from further harm. In return, receive a personalized adoption certificate, a high-quality plush stuffed animal, recycled gift bag and details on the work your gift will go towards. 

All funds raised will support the WWF’s conservation efforts. For more information on how you can adopt an animal, please visit

Twitter: @WWFCanada

There are lots of resolutions about being healthier, but let’s all make a resolution to give back whenever we can this year.