Organized by: Abigail Pugh
Like most of my fundraisers, there's two parts to this! First of all, all funds raised will go directly to an account dedicated to the Dreams 2 Acts fundraiser for next year's trip. It's a week long adventure in Nicaragua where I and a team of volunteers will be helping break ground on a high school for adults who never got a chance to finish high school. This year is the first year, and I'm already in awe of the kind hearts of the other volunteers on the trip and thrilled beyond belief to be taking part in it. It's a fantastic cause, and if you'd like to read more, please go to http://nicaragua.randomacts.org/ where you can read all about it. I'll need to raise $5,000 in order to qualify (all funds go directly to the school), and I will cover my own personal travel expenses. As such, I want to get started on this early!
Second of all, I want to impact the LGBTQA+ movement. I come from a family that is extremely homophobic, which is why this isn't connected to Facebook. When gay marriage was legalized in the US, their response was that it was "the worst day in US history". I will never be able to walk openly in Pride, and I know how much it hurts each and every person who cannot openly celebrate who they are. Maybe you have the freedom to do so; I guarantee you can contact someone who is unable to.
For each five dollars you donate, I will write a name on the back of a piece of origami paper. It could be your name, the name of someone you know, or you can sponsor a total stranger who doesn't have the funds or ability to safely donate. The color is up to the individual; I have every color of the rainbow and then some, and if I don't have what you want, I'll find it. I will then fold it into a butterfly. There's a bunch of different patterns for them, and I will make every one beautiful. The name will be hidden inside to preserve the safety and privacy of the individual. I will make a website where each butterfly will be posted; on the website I'll just explain that each butterfly is a thanks for a donation for the Dreams 2 Acts fundraiser. No mention will be made of the meaning behind them. Next year I'm going to Pride.
Each butterfly will be attached to a banner that I will carry with a friend. In this way I hope to represent and give hope to those who are still in hiding, and let them know that I see their beauty and I support them in their struggle. The secondary meaning to each butterfly is that someone you have never met will have a chance at a better life.