fundraise! Yesterday I participated in the 6th annual Walk for Change, put on by the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC). My original fundraising goal was $250 but I quickly realized I should set my sights higher and changed it to $500. I am proud to say that today my total came to $626. I called on my network of friends, colleagues, and family to donate to this important cause and they came through. I used the tools through FirstGiving, the program that BARCC uses for its fundraisers. You can see my fundraising page here.
I used some of their provided text for emails to donors but edited most of it and wrote a lot of my own. Here is an excerpt from an email I sent yesterday to my connections who hadn’t yet donated:
[The $571.22 raised so far] came from 13 separate donations, most of them under $30. It has really inspired me to see what what can achieve when we all pull together. My fundraising page will stay open and active for 3 months after the walk is over this afternoon. Please consider making a contribution or send my page on to anyone who might like to donate. The amount we have raised so far will cover the costs of 9 free counseling sessions for survivors and I would love to make it 10.
The walk itself was a moving experience. There were speakers at the beginning of the event who shared experiences of desperation and survival and T-shirts bearing stories from the Clothesline Project were hung up around the starting area. There was a great turn-out and I met some incredible women. I’m fortunate to have been able to contribute to this cause.