The Upside to Participation in Charity Events
In high school, I participated in a volunteer group named S.M.I.L.E.S., which stood for Students Making Individual Lives Extra Special. The teacher who lead the group was a highly respected member of our community. He used to group to teach us all about the positive effects of volunteering. This is the beginning of me wanting to do something to support my community and other groups who have positive goals. I participated in fundraisers of many types and enjoyed doing it. Ever since then, I have done what I could to better the world.
Since graduating from high school over 16 years ago, I’ve been a volunteer firefighter, a member of the Fighting 501st (costuming charity group), and am now a Shriner. I’ve participated in fundraising for the fire department, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, and other various charities and nonprofit groups. Each and every time, I was happy to see the results that the fundraising brought. Needless to say, I wanted to do more. But I also wanted something exciting.
In 2001, I participated in my first Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge. The Plunge helps to raise money for Special Olympics of Maryland. There were a few hundred people who took part in the plunge. I was amazed to see how happy it made the athletes who attended the event. It meant that they would have more funds for these athletes to train and compete throughout the year. I have attended and participated in the plunge several times and found that each time I do, it becomes more and more special.
I have decided to participate in this event again. On January 30, 2016 I will be plunging into the Chesapeake Bay for Special Olympics of Maryland. I want to continue helping make the lives of these wonderful athletes better. Each year this event seems to get bigger and bigger. With so much going on, and with so many separate plunges due to the number of participants, it has become an almost all day event.
I will also be participating in two other fund raising events. In April of 2016 I will be shaving my head bald to raise money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation. St. Baldrick’s Foundation works towards finding a cure for childhood cancer, as well as providing funds for high-impact clinical trials, supportive care research, and training the next generation of researchers. I have been seriously impacted by cancer and want to do all I can to help rid the world of it.
The final event (as of December 2015) I plan to do is Rappel for Kidney Health. Rappel for Kidney Health is and event presented by the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland. The event takes place in June of 2016 and involves rappelling down the 15 story Hyatt Regency in Baltimore, Maryland. The NKF-MD is a nonprofit organization that works to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases and improve the health of individuals and their families affected by these diseases. This is another cause that hits close to home for me, so I’m very excited to participate.
These three events are close to my heart for various reasons. But I’d be negligent, if I didn’t admit that there is another reason I am looking forward to participating in all three events. Each one presents an adventure for me to take part in. Jumping into freezing cold water, shaving my head bald, and rappelling down a 15 story building. I’m able to do something fun and adventurous, while still helping support several very worthy causes. Below will be links to my three donation pages. As the events draw closer, I will post more in depth articles about each event and the cause they are for.