We had a wonderful event last Sat (the 14th)in Pottsgrove, PA. It was a great morning for a walk! Despite a low turn out of walkers, we raised quite a bit of money. I will share detailed figures and results with Jaime, but looks like we collected $1700 total in sponsorships, donations and walk fees. This is with only 23 people plus some children who actually walked!!
There are so many walks and fundraisers going on in our area this time of year that many people just donated $. But, the impact that we made from our little site is, for me, heartwarming.
Only a few walkers gave just the $15 fee, most gave more - along with additional donations. Every single walker put on their t-shirt to walk and handed out fliers to passing cars.
Additionally, we had 72 tickets donated as give-aways from our minor league baseball team (Reading Phillies),water bottles were donated by Dairy Queen (this store was conveniently the turn around on our walk route), and fruit was donated by the local Redner's Market.
One more note... On Mother's Day, I spoke at two worship services at my church (St. James was our biggest sponsorship). My message was informative, moving, and well received and prompted much conversation following the services. Many women and men approached me to get more info and ask questions and provide support. Interestingly, 2 women over the age of 60 told me of symptoms they experienced during their deliveries several years ago. One was even advised back then not to have any more children because of her severe swelling and affected kidney. She never knew of the term Preeclampsia.
I would have loved to have had more walkers and to have raised more $, but I am so proud and pleased at those who gave what they could. Most importantly, I acheived my personal goal of informing others and increasing awareness about what I (and you) have gone through!
Congrats to all of you as you celebrate your site's success!
dd born 3-13-02 / @30 wks/ 3 lbs/ emerg c-sec/ severe preE/ worsened following delivery