This past Friday night, April 19th, I participated in an event called Relay for Life. It is an amazing event in which you raise funds for the American Cancer Society. At Relay For Life events, communities all across the world get together to remember, honor, and pay respect people who have or had cancer and fight back this disease that has taken so much from us and continues to do so everyday. The funds go directly to the fight against cancer and I think that is such an amazing thing since so many organizations take so much from the funds they raise.
I think this event really showed me how much a small community can help a cause if they really pull together! Our school is not that large, yet we raised about $80,000 for just at this one event! This really shows how a few people really can make a difference.
It amazes me how big of a difference we can make in this small community. If each person donates a little time or a little money, that can go a very long way! Even in these troubling times of this economy, and when such awful things are going on in the would, I think events like these show that there is some good still left in the world, people do care, and when we all get together we can do amazing things.
The American Cancer Society is an amazing organization and there are so many more amazing ones out there as well, I wish more publicity was out there for the smaller organizations like the Tippy Toes Foundation, not enough people know about it so it doesn’t get a lot of recognition or funds. That’s one of the reasons I think that our service trip is so amazing, that we are able to help, even just a little, but in comparison to the hands on help they are receiving from others outside the organization, I think our help is huge! I am so glad we are able to be a part of this trip, and able to help down in South Africa in just a few weeks!
It feels so amazing to help others even if it is only for small things like helping someone get something off a high shelf, or helping someone pick up their books after they have tripped. A little help goes a long way, and even though we will only be working on these service projects for a few days, each day counts, and I am so excited we have been given the opportunity to lend a hand. I don’t plan to ever stop helping others, whether it is with events like Relay for Life, or service projects like the ones we will be doing in South Africa! Help is always needed, so why not lend a hand.