It looks like we made it safely through 2012 and that is great cause for celebration. What should we celebrate about? Nothing more than the great success of this year’s Helping Hampers project!
This December, we took a big step and engaged not only with every Edmonton Public School but we also reached out to Calgary and began the project’s expansion to include Alberta’s “other” major city. With over 100 schools and businesses on board we managed to raise over $210,000 worth of food items, hygiene products, household supplies, and gift cards. In the process, the volunteers and students helped families have a happy holiday season complete with presents under the tree. In December alone, over 17,000 students engaged in a project that is not only educating them about the gravity of local poverty but also empowering them to put an end to it. Without the help of the students and volunteers this project would never be possible and we are grateful for their many contributions to our success.
Since our founding, GEOMEER has raised over $460,000 in hampers and provided hundreds of families with long term provisions and a chance to break out of poverty. This year we will continue our expansion and we aim to provide quality assistance to families in need. And that is only the hampers that we are talking about. This year will be the third time Suit Up! will be run. In August, just in time for back to school, this event will provide students living in poverty with a mini shopping spree so they can go back to school in style.
But before the excitement of Suit Up! is upon us we have two exciting events. In February, we will be hosting our annual gala once more for all of the businesses and sponsors that have supported us throughout the past year. After our gala there is a temporary reprise as we prepare for the second annual Fun Run. This is our biggest fundraiser and it is a chance for you to become involved. Similar to last year there will be a 5k and 10k walk or run designed for families followed by an afternoon of fun activities. You can get some fresh air, exercise, fun and best of all you can talk with all of your favourite GEOMEER members. We hope to see you there.
This is also the anniversary of our GEOMEER blog and we want to thank you for being loyal readers. We will continue keep you informed and inspired with our monthly blog.
As you can see, this year is going to be busy and we are anxious for it to begin. Challenge yourself this year and see how you can make a difference. Because Community Matters.