NSO’s Community Actions Association and Gloria Gemma Project
Written by Anthony Henry and Shawn Riendeau
“To raise breast cancer awareness, increase breast health education, enhance the quality of life for breast cancer patients, as well as their families and friends, and generate funding for local breast health programs”---Gloria Gemma Mission Statement
On October 4th 2013, Community Actions Association started planning to raise a goal of $500 for the Gloria Gemma foundation. A 5k walk would take place on October 13th. The group discussed possible ways to raise money including asking family and friends for donations, online crowd funding and passing out flyers. All donations had to be registered online at the Gloria Gemma NSO Community Actions Association team page. After about a week of fundraiser, we raised $270 dollars. We unfortunately did not meet our goal, but we were proud to have contributed to a good cause. Next year we plan exceed our expectations.
This is an example of community service because CAA members not only raised money to financially support Gloria Gemma and the patients it serves, but we were also able to provide emotional support for cancer patients by participating the 5k walk. Along with working with Gloria Gemma, CAA has also previously raised $1300 and participated in a walk organized by the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Although CAA was unable to reach our goal of raising $500 for the Gloria Gemma Foundation, we still managed to raise $270 in a week. Next year we plan on allowing ourselves adequate time to prepare and fundraise prior to the event. We still feel like asking friends and family along with using an online crowd-funding platform was an excellent form of fund raising.