Number of Participants: 1
Hours Donated: 40
Value of Time Served: $338
Event Amount Raised: $38,400
Event Type: Health & Medicine
Sport: Girls Soccer
Date: October 6, 2021
Melrose High School
Lynn Fells Parkway, Melrose
I would estimate that I’ve put in a total of 40 hours of community service organizing this walk over the past month and a half. I started by writing a letter to the Marblehead Board of Selectmen in order for them to hear my request to hold the walk. I also wrote a letter that would be used to collect sponsorships from local businesses in Marblehead and Melrose. I then sent this letter to many businesses and during the Victorian Fair, held in Melrose my dad and I walked around downtown Melrose asking business owners to support our cause.
Along with this I organized helpers from Marblehead doing the same thing with local businesses there. The next step was to set up the website, we worked with Massachusetts General Hospital to set our goal, and to share the details of the walk through their fundraising website. Once this was set up I was able to share it on social media and send it to friends and family who would do the same. This created lots of awareness regarding the event.
I met with the Mayor of Melrose, Paul Brodeur in order to discuss marketing ideas. We came up with a detailed plan to ensure that the walk was a success. Mayor Brodeur was kind enough to share the walk information on the Melrose City Website and he allowed us to place a sign in the kiosk outside of Melrose City Hall. Following this meeting I reached out to multiple news outlets, the following newspapers published an article I wrote about my event, The Boston Globe, The Melrose Free Press, The Lynnfield Villager, The Patch, and Wicked Local. I also sent this letter to our State Representative Kate Lipper Garabedian and she shared the event on her social media platform (Twitter and others).
I shared the event with the Melrose Athletic Directors, Melrose High School Principal, and the Melrose Recreation Department asking them to share the information as well. Along with creating awareness for the event I worked with a vendor to create 200 Breast Friends t-shirts that will be handed out to participants in the walk. In preparation for the day of the walk I have made posters, asked friends and family to work the registration table, found sponsors such as Dunkin Donuts who would donate coffee, and will continue to get the supplies needed in order to pull everything together. The day of the walk I will give a speech thanking the sponsors, the participants and everyone else who helped make the walk possible.
Lastly, we set a goal of raising $25,000 and we expect to raise over $30,000 and have 200+ participants which would be a new record.
RESULTS: There was 225 walkers and the total raised is at $38,400 as of right now but donations are open until November 1st.