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I have been volunteering with Vibha since 2013 and the Dream Mile is an event which is very close to my heart (www.thedreammile.org/atlanta).
I was encouraged to participate in this event in 2012 by a close friend who had been part of Vibha for a long time.On that beautiful september morning, not only did I complete my first 5K run (29 minutes) but also found out the effort that was involved in organizing and executing an event of that scale and that too by a group of passionate volunteers from all walks of life. Suddenly I had a lot of questions about Vibha, the volunteers and the projects they support, and that is when my friend said - "Why don't you attend one of our meetings".
I have not looked back since and have been a regular part of Vibha and the Dream mile. I led the publicity efforts for the Dream mile in 2013 and it gave me a huge exposure on how we succeed in expanding our supporter base year after year . By 2014 I was ready for an even bigger commitment and volunteered to be the Event Lead for 2014. It was a proud and immensely satisfying moment for me when last year we produced our best results yet.
Being a lead for such a huge event (2000+ participants, $200K revenue from Atlanta DreamMile) comes with a lot of hard work, long hours of volunteering but the cause really spurs you on. I am leading the volunteer efforts once again this year and I consider it as an honor to work with my fellow volunteers whose passion drives you to go that extra mile you thought you couldn't.
Locally, we support the children's health care of Atlanta and in India we work on various projects - Please visit www.vibha.org to read more about our projects.
Thanks to each and every one of you, I was able to achieve my personal fundraising goal last year. Your continued support will help me achieve the goal again this year.
What can your donation do?
$20 can provide a child with all the educational materials he/she needs for a year.
$35 can keep a child safe from many fatal diseases by providing him/her complete immunizations for a year.
$40 can sponsor the non-formal education of a child for a whole year.
$50 can facilitate the rehabilitation of a severely mentally handicapped child
$120 can give quality education to a child
*All figures are based on the annual budgets of various projects funded by Vibha