Start your week with words of wisdom from these philanthropic individuals.
As we’re all here on earth together and we all have to do our part. Jana Sedlakova will explore how these shining stars make a difference.
Sarah Hillware, Founder & Director of Girls Health Ed., Former America’s Miss District of Columbia
Women and girls’ health education and empowerment
Why is this cause so dear to you:
When I was a teen, my family and I were forced to leave an abusive household and flee to a new city. These experiences took a toll on my physical health and emotional well-being during a time in my life when my body was growing and changing. However, healing came from the inside out. After being overweight, and grappling with low self-esteem, I decided to take control of my body with the support of my mother. I began to eat healthier foods and engage in fitness activities, and gradually, my state of mind changed. I was no longer a victim of circumstances, but I was able to take the reigns of my life and start anew. Years later, when I was awarded the title of America’s Miss DC 2012, I took it a step further and began visiting schools to talk to young girls. I realized that many girls, while they were thirsty for knowledge about their bodies, were not provided the resources they needed to be able to make healthier choices. Most of them also had very little exposure healthy habits at home. Had I not been lucky enough to have an attentive mother who was able to be a mentor and teach me what I needed to know about my body, I may not be where I am today. I started Girls Health Ed. for this reason – I wanted to educate girls about their bodies as teens so that they would grow into empowered young women.
Next noteworthy fundraiser:
Back to School Community Health Fair (details to be announced)
What can others do to help:
We could always use an extra hand teaching our after school health education courses! E-mail us to be a volunteer: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or your company would like to sponsor the community health fair by providing donations, please reach out to us at email@example.com. We are looking for additional healthy food, fitness, and personal care sponsorships. We accept in-kind product donations and financial contributions.
“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.” -unknown
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