Its about that time! Our 14th Annual Walk For Literacy is just around the corner! Spend some of your Saturday morning giving back to the local community in New Brunswick as we pass out books to kids during our walk. Take a peek at the video below to get a glimpse of what last year’s Walk For Literacy was like:
So be sure to spread the word and bring plenty of friends as we give back to the New Brunswick community and beyond!
Hope to see you all October 3rd!
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A coalition of Rutgers students, faculty, alumni and New Brunswick community members braved the inclement weather on Saturday, October 11th to make the G.O.Y.A Project’s 2014 “Walk for Literacy and Health” a success by drawing attention to several key policy issues: from the need for early intervention to expose children to literacy materials to the role of education in rebuilding societies after natural disasters (such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti) and how literacy and health go hand in hand (as per the struggle to control the Ebola epidemic in West Africa).
The walk was staged between the Rutgers Douglass Campus to the College Avenue Campus passing through the heart of the city of New Brunswick.
Before the start of the walk, however, as organizers gathered mid-morning, preparing to start everyone walking by mid-day, earlier bad weather looked as if it would continue the rains which persisted through much of the previous night. But a refreshing breeze came through around 11 a.m. and the trickle of walkers increased.
“We really wondered if our motto of ‘rain or shine’ would do us in, but by 11 a.m. in just half an hour we distributed about 70+ t-shirts, especially as several organizations came out with teams,” said Jenelle Ramdeen, a member of the coordinating committee.
While this year’s walk continued to support literacy programs within the city of New Brunswick and a continued outreach to aid children in the island of Haiti, a special health focus was highlighted via the “Stop Ebola” campaign.
The speaker on the health issue was Dr. Mafudia Suaray, who grew up in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She started her college education at the country’s only medical school in the shadows of Sierra Leone’s brutal 11 year civil war. Under threat of their lives, her family was forced to flee Sierra Leone in 1997. Nearly two decades later she now specializes in Family Medicine and Community Health and works as an Instructor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Continue reading →
We are working hard but remember, it’s really about you and your support. Let all your friends know about the walk on October 12th! Send out reminders and see if you can arrange to meet up on the morning of the walk. If you are part of another organization remind them to contact us about supporting the walk as a group. We will place your organization’s name on the walkathon t-shirt!
WALK FOR LITERACY IS THIS SATURDAY !!!!! It’s fast approaching and we could not be more excited! We have entertainers for the rally, food , water and most importantly the support of the Rutgers Community. We are grateful to all the organizations and friends that have come together to help us make sure this event will be a success. Thank you and remember every donation counts!
Also all forms for the walk for literacy are located in a previous post. Feel free to download and print out!
If you guys are around the DCC at about 12-4 today please come to our bake sale and show your support! Thanks to everyone that baked goods for the sale and are helping us table
Now I know we haven’t made it past our first event yet but we are already prepping for Monster Mash. The general body has fabulous ideas for what to do this year for our table and we can’t wait to see how you guys put this together. Remember, Monster Mash is all about you guys! and the kids, can’t forget the kids
We also have Elijah’s promise to look forward to and the 16 days campaign for gender violence awareness. We do have to brainstorm some ideas for this too but all in good time.
Lastly we’d like to welcome all the new faces to our general body meeting today. It’s 8-9 pm in Livingston Student Center , Room 109. See you guys there!
We just want to say thank you to everyone that turned up to our first general body meeting last week and helped make it a success! This week we will be going into more detail about the Walk For Literacy. Remember our meeting is tonight at 8PM in Livingston Student Center room 109. Can’t wait to see you there!
Last year, the response to Haiti’s need was so great, all the donations we received could not be shipped due to lack of funds. Haiti is still far from being back on its feet so this year the money we raise will be used to pay the shipping cost for these goods.
This year registration will begin at 10:30 am and the walk begins at 11:00 am. We will meet in front of Douglass Campus Center and walk towards College Ave. The walk ends at Brower Commons where refreshments will be served.
Please print out a Pledge Sheet and a Registration Sheet or pick one up at our General Body Meetings: Wed 8-9 pm in Livingston Student Center, Room 109. Once you have completed it, bring it with you when you register.
If your organization would like to reach out for this event or others please email us at : firstname.lastname@example.org