Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A real life example of a girl supporting girls

One of the goals of Girls Supporting Girls is to engage young people in our community to advocate on behalf of and raise funds to support their peers in the developing world. Our guest blogger, Amy R., is fulfilling that mission. Here's what she had to say......

On my thirteenth birthday, I had a surprise party. Earlier, my mom asked what my ideal gift would be. Ever since watching Girl Rising and learning about Girls Supporting Girls, I wanted to support the cause. So I told my mom that all I really wanted for my birthday was to help GSG. I knew, though, that I had to elaborate on that by finding an actual way to help the organization.

At my party, my mom told me she had put in the invitation that instead of bringing presents, people should bring $5 to $10 donations for Girls Supporting Girls. After my party, I opened the envelopes to find $20 and $60 donations, all with notes of encouragement supporting the cause! When I finished counting up the money, I realized we had raised $350. I thought this was a great way to get people in the spirit of Girls Supporting Girls! What an easy but effective way to help the organization. By asking for donations instead of gifts, I was able to help build schools. 

We couldn't agree more Amy.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

All In: Rachel's McClain's Charity Poker Night

"At our house, we love games. That's why we decided to host a no-limit
hold'em poker tournament to benefit Girls Supporting Girls. We invited
eight of our poker-playing friends and kept it casual, serving pizza,
salad and lots of poker snacks! 

The agreement was that half of every player's ante would go to our cause. My husband, Anthony Qaiyum ran the tournament. At the last minute, our guests agreed that for the
first hour, anyone who went out of the game could buy back in,
enabling us to exceed the $500 goal we had set for a GSG donation. 

The game went on past midnight, and we had some very exciting moments. The
1st and 2nd place winners, Robert Taylor and David Brown surprised
everyone by deciding to donate their prizes back to Girls Supporting
Girls. How generous! At the end of the evening, we raised more than $1,300.

What a night!"

Sunday, March 9, 2014

We haven't been in hibernation …

It's been a tough winter, but GSG hasn't been hiding under a pile of warm blankets. We're working on some exciting things (a new website among them, details TBA!)

Our board has been busy getting the word out about our mission and raising money for our first school in Cambodia.

Board member/CPS teacher Andrea Moffat organized a school-wide read-a-thon at Ruben Salazar Bilingual Center:

"As a second grade teacher, I am always looking for ways to inspire my students to read more and get excited to learn about the world around them. What better way than to motivate them to build a school for children in need in Cambodia?  I approached my principal and the other teachers, who all supported the cause and agreed to encourage their students to participate.  

Each teacher asked their students to make reading goals based on numbers of pages they would read.  Goals varied from 50 to 2,000 pages, and each student took home a packet to record what they read and the pledge money they collected.  Over the next four weeks, students challenged themselves to read more at home than they normally do, in an effort to raise pledge money.  In my classroom, we read the story Running Shoes, about a little girl from a rural Cambodian village who dreams of going to school.  We talked about the need for education, and the students realized (at least I hope!) that they were actually lucky to be coming to school everyday. 

At the end of the four weeks, students proudly presented me with zip-lock baggies and envelopes stuffed with nickels and dollars, along with stapled papers of the pages and books they had read.  As a school, we raised over $300 dollars for Girls Supporting Girls, and I hope to continue the read-a-thon tradition at Ruben Salazar."

Board member Pam Robinson hosted a candlelight yoga event: 

"We welcomed a full studio of friends and yoga enthusiasts to Lakeview's  Namaskar Yoga in February for a benefit candlelight class. Teacher Chris Delizer lead the group in deep conscious breathing; giving and receiving; heart opening poses to create abundance; and standing poses to create a strong foundation -- all with a focus on GSG’s current initiative to build our first school in Cambodia. The evening progressed with food, wine and socializing. 

Thank you to Alexandra Murman and Namaskar Yoga for offering the cozy studio for the evening and donating the event fees to GSG. Thank you also to Chris for teaching an inspiring class. And, most of all, a generous thank you to all who attended. A lovely evening at the studio!"

Next: Read about Board members Rachel McClain and Kira Elert's respective Poker Night and Spring Trends salon parties!