Wednesday, March 16, 2011

the house that love built.

I am SO SO SO EXCITED to participate in the second annual Orange County Walk for Kids!! I had the opportunity to participate last year in this fabulous event to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities. For those of you who may not know what the Ronald McDonald House Charities are, let me tell you. Instead of having to rack up the costs of a hotel room on top of the medical bills, RMH provides families with children facing long term treatment with a place to stay at $25 a day or whatever the family can afford. (no one is ever turned away for their inability to pay) Several organizations (such as Alpha Delta Pi) volunteer time to make meals for the families staying at RMH and host fundraisers to aid with costs.

I wrote a WHOLE report and have done several classroom presentations on this charity so if you have any questions about logistics, costs, other programs & services, scholarships, etc. I would be more than happy to help you out :)

The idea for this charity first began when Phildelphia Eagles Player Fred Hill had to undergo what no one ever should; his daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. After staying long hours in hospital waiting rooms and medical bills growing, he saw the strain it was taking on him and his wife as well as families undergoing similar situations. He began collecting donations at his games to help support this "home away from home". He then partnered up with McDonald's to tell Shamrock Shakes where the proceeds benefited the charity that was named after Ronald McDonald for all the joy he brought to children everywhere :) The first Ronald McDonald House was built in Philadelphia in 1974. It became Alpha Delta Pi's official philanthropy in 1979.

If you would like to sponsor me for the 5k please click here. A contribution of any amount is greatly appreciated!

So next month is Walk for Kids and tonight I am supporting RMH by attending the annual Broomball tournament hosted by the lovely ladies of Alpha Delta Pi, Zeta Alpha Chapter at CSUF :) At this event, teams are formed by each sorority to participate in a friendly competition of this twist on hockey. Everyone plays on the ice but instead of skates and a puck, everyone's in jeans and sneakers playing with a ball and broom. So excited to see my fellow Greeks :)

Snapshots from last year's Walk for Kids

Service is the rent we pay for being
It is the very purpose of life.
&& not something you do in your spare time

-Marian Wright Edelman


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