“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
Vincent Van Gogh
It's a simple yet powerful quote. As a child growing up, my family often struggled to make ends meet but my parents taught us through their actions that regardless of your situation, there's always something you can do for your community. In my adult life as a father, husband, and neighbour I've leaned on their example and my experiences to volunteer in my community or contribute my talents to important causes that need my help.
Like many, my family has also felt the pain or personal loss from loved ones impacted by cancer, heart disease, mental illness, substance abuse, or sudden tragedies. I've lived through every parent's worst nightmare—the unimaginable pain and suffering that comes from the sudden, tragic loss of a child. I'm sure many of you have either struggled to help someone or lost a loved one far too soon in life to any number of causes. Coming to terms with the impact of illnesses often involves statements like, "If only there had been more resources to help them", or "If only there were a cure".
It's unfortunate that in a country as rich and blessed as Canada that we don't have adequate resources to help those in crisis or need. It's also frustrating to think in this age of modern medicine we don't always have a cure for terrible diseases. At the same time, it's heartwarming to know there are many organizations dedicated to helping others, providing end-of-life care, addiction prevention, or making advances in research aimed at cures for currently incurable diseases. This work is expensive and these vital initiatives and services need the financial support of our community.
Throughout my life I have leaned on personal experiences to help me set an example as a man, a husband, and father to my kids. Creating the ManMade Fund is an extension of my belief in the importance of giving back and helping others. Today, with your help, we're able to contribute to a number of charities and important causes that hold a special place in our hearts.
Every print purchase supports critical healthcare research and community programs
The ManMade Fund currently supports the following local and national charities:
Thank you for your support and sharing in the art of giving back.
Founder, ManMade Art for Guys
If you would like to direct contributions to one of the charities in particular listed above, please contact us, and thank you for your support.