Only twice before have I written about someone who needed help. One was a young girl who needed a bone marrow donor match. The other was about an iconic figure’s now-adult child who was facing a housing issue. This time, it’s about someone who is trying to go out and make a difference in the world. I found her request moving enough to write about and I will be supporting this cause myself.
Before I tell you about Raynesha, I want to disclaim a few things first: (1) I do not know Raynesha personally, and (2) she has not asked for me to do this. I did meet her sister (Dawnishia) at a fund-raising event which is how I came to know of this situation. Even then, the fund-raising effort was pretty simple and straight-forward. Not being able to help at the time, I was provided with printed material explaining the program, talking about Raynesha, and giving the reader ways to help.
So here’s the story:
Raynesha is a college student in Indianapolis. She attends Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis (IUPUI to us locals) and is a Physical Education major. Her concentration is in Occupational Therapy – Exercise Science. In May of this year, Raynesha will be traveling as a Student Ambassador of IUPUI to Ghana, Africa, and work with local students and teachers with “information, tools, and resources necessary to advance the levels of healthy physical activity, eating habits and lifestyle choices for extended and improved qualities of life“. The program is sponsored by the school but there are out-of-pocket expenses this young lady has to provide for: Tuition, airfare, housing, instructional aids, and equipment. Her costs are estimated to come to $7,000 which she has to have in advance of the trip. With the clock ticking, I wanted to reach out to my readers and ask them to help in any way they can. We will be building into the life of this student and everyone she comes in contact with. While the trip is a once in a lifetime opportunity for her, I believe it’s also that rare opportunity for us to reach beyond ourselves and invest in someone and something that will pay dividends beyond what we can imagine. Please consider a contribution.
Some of the information here was quoted from the brochure I received, some of it paraphrased. What I found interesting about the brochure is that it mentions the financial need but even before that, it details some of the material things, old or new, that are needed. These items are what you would expect to be needed for such a trip. If you cannot help financially, you can send soccer balls, jump ropes, foam footballs, Frisbees, etc., to the school to support this program.
Here’s what you need to know:
Learn More: email Raynesha at email@example.com
Donations through PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Checks: Payable to Raynesha Rogers
Mail: Center for Services & Learning, Attn: Starla Officer, 801 West Michigan Street, Business/SPEA Building, Room BS2010, Indianapolis, IN 46202 (IUPUI Address)