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TOHONO OODHAM COMMUNITY ACTION's Fundraiser:

TEAM TOCA: Cycling El Tour de Tucson for School Garden Programming

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BENEFITING: TOHONO OODHAM COMMUNITY ACTION

EVENT DATE: Nov 23, 2013

THE STORY:

this November, we (Rebecca, Cissi, Stephanie, and Brian) will be cycling 60 miles of El Tour de Tucson, one of the largest road bike races in the United States, to raise money for TOCA's school gardening and cooking program at Indian Oasis Elementary School!

The school oidag (the O'odham word for garden or field) is going into its 4th season and serves 500 Pre-K through 5th grade students. It is an educational space that connects students to their himdag (the cultural traditions of the Tohono O'odham) and agricultural history, encourages healthier eating habits, cultivates an appreciation for the earth, and introduces them to more complex thinking about food. The oidag also serves as a space for parents, staff, students, and community members to share knowledge in order to create positive changes in the Tohono O’odham Nation’s food system. 

The Tohono O’odham currently have a diabetes rate of over 50 percent, the highest in the world. Predictors indicate that if current trends continue, 75% of Tohono O’odham children born after 2002 will develop Type-II diabetes. Teaching and growing traditional O'odham foods in the oidag and gathering wild foods from the desert is a way to provide essential nutrition education to young O’odham that can influence eating habits and help prevent diabetes and obesity in the long run. Additionally, we teach healthy eating habits and promote eating more fresh fruits and vegetables while growing and cooking non-traditional crops in the oidag in the winter season. Within the context of strengthening O'odham culture, our nutrition curriculum emphasizes a holistic view of healthy foods and wellness that also includes physical, spiritual, and emotional components. 

We are raising money to strengthen and expand our school gardening programming. Everything raised will go directly toward infrastructural development of the oidag and for supplies and ingredients to continue our many cooking classes that we teach to students and their parents. This includes everything from permanent seating and a drip irrigation system  to new portable butane burners and supplementary fruits and vegetables to cook with. Every contribution, no matter how small, will help us continue TOCA's mission of creating a healthy, culturally vital and sustainable community on the Tohono O'odham Nation!

 

ABOUT US:

REBECCA:

Hi! I am currently a FoodCorps service member serving my second year in Sells with TOCA. Transplanted from upstate NY/boston, I now call Tucson my home. With FoodCorps, I get to be on the ground implementing all the great garden programming at the elementary school, including my favorite-- our after-school program for K-2 students. 

 

STEPHANIE:

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, I moved to Tucson a little over 2 years ago to serve with TOCA through FoodCorps. The IOES garden was a huge part of my year of service so I’m excited to ride to continue its growth! Currently, I am the Food Services Development Coordinator at TOCA, working to improve school meal programs serving the Tohono O’odham Nation.

 

CISSI:

Ske:g Tas (Good Day)
My name is Cissimarie Juan. I come from the Community of New Field located on the Tohono O'odham Nation. TOCA, has always been a second home for me and definitely a huge piece of my foundation since the age of 8 to now being 24 years old. Im honored to have been apart of creating an organization that has become even stronger and that continues grown beyond my imagination. Thank you for the support and encouragement!  

 

BRIAN:

I come from the community of Cold Fields located on the Tohono O'odham Nation. I have been part of TOCA for 4 years and I am very happy and excited to ride and help the oidag grow bigger. Thank you for the support. 

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To This Fundraiser

$2,720

MONEY RAISED
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  • Margaret Wittenmyer & Lily Ostrer

    $10

  • Beau Maguire Feeny

     

  • Sam Wohns

     

  • Bannus Van der Kloot

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Molly

     

  • Ari Gold-Parker

     

  • Una Once

    $25

  • Noam Hassenfeld

     

  • Sam Novey

    $10

  • Mama

    $25

  • George Zisiadis

    $20

  • Jason Berkenfeld

     

  • Erika VanDyke

     

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Jackson Salovaara

     

  • Holning & Charles Lau

     

  • Samantha Lip, Joyce Mui, Kenny Lip

    $400

  • Amy Mui

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Sherman & Virginia Lau

     

  • Lila Schreiber

     

  • Zoe Tucker

     

  • Sam Berman-Cooper

    $20

  • Mandy and Justin Tsai

     

  • David & Angie Crichton

    $50

  • Roberta & Keith

     

  • Vicki Cohen

    $50

  • Lotus

    $100

  • Hannaaaaa Choi!

     

  • Haywood, Helen, Keira, Casey

     

  • Jerusha Klemperer

     

  • Megan Nelson

    $60

  • Taylor

    $10

  • Lisa & Scott Sucoff

    $50

  • Cecily Upton

    $25

  • Kevin Y

    $865

  • Linda Sloane, John Atchley

    $30

  • Deborah & Brian Munson

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Isobelle

    $40

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109% Raised of $2,500 Goal

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The Team: $2,720 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

TOHONO OODHAM COMMUNITY ACTION

Amount Raised

$2,620

 

105% Raised of $2,500 Goal

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Samantha Lip

Amount Raised

$100

Donor Comments

Isobelle

Isobelle

DONATION: $40

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Deborah & Brian Munson

Deborah & Brian Munson

DONATION: $100

In honor of Julia Munson 3 years ago

Linda Sloane, John Atchley

Linda Sloane, John Atchley

DONATION: $30

3 years ago

Kevin Y

Kevin Y

DONATION: $865

3 years ago

Cecily Upton

Cecily Upton

DONATION: $25

Good Luck, TOCA team! I love this idea and am so happy to support you! 3 years ago

Lisa & Scott Sucoff

Lisa & Scott Sucoff

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Taylor

Taylor

DONATION: $10

4 years ago

Megan Nelson

Megan Nelson

DONATION: $60

Bike (and garden) on! 4 years ago

Jerusha Klemperer

Jerusha Klemperer

With admiration and respect! 4 years ago