Periodically we ask Scholars to provide a “Status Update” and let us know what they are doing. Lauren Finzer’s story about how she and her friends “walked the talk” to raise funds for Haiti relief shows that public service can be ad hoc!
From Lauren Finzer (CA ’08):
This Sunday, five friends and I walked the length of Manhattan – 15 miles – to raise support for Partners in Health in Haiti. The ideas was hatched the night before, when we were sitting around the dinner table feeling sad and powerless. We wanted to do something to help, but weren’t sure what we could contribute. After brainstorming extensively, we decided to fundraise by spending Sunday walking the length of Manhattan and asking people to sponsor us per mile. We set what we thought was an ambitious goal of raising $500. We never would have dreamed that we would end up raising – as a conservative estimate – more than $7,000, much of which was matched by other donors!
The walk itself was wet – it started raining at mile 6 – but eye-opening and inspiring. Throughout the stormy day we had many conversations with people of all ages, in different communities, and in multiple languages. The outpouring of support from friends and family was tremendous, as we “tweeted” and emailed about our progress throughout the day. It was one of the most rewarding days of my life.