AIU Cares, the philanthropy committee that started in AIU Atlanta, put their best foot forward in October. The team of 18 with 16 active fundraisers/walkers greatly exceeded their goal of $35,000 by raising a total of $44,790 for the Atlanta Susan G. Komen 3-Day™. AIU Cares ranked in the Top 10 Teams for the walk, claiming 8th place for the largest amount of money raised.
After months of preparation starting in March, AIU Atlanta Business Program Chair and Team Captain for AIU Cares Dr. Judy Bullock couldn’t’ be happier with the outcome. “The weather was perfect, and we had a really good time.”
Surrounded by thousands of walkers, members of the AIU Cares team walked 60 miles from Oct. 19-21. Although AIU Cares was one of the smaller teams with 16 walkers, the team had the largest number of men on their team with 6 males. “This made our team very popular,” says Dr. Bullock.
After walking 60 miles, the team pampered themselves to a Spa Day–complete with pedicures to rejuvenate their feet–the Monday after the walk. However, the shoes that were used for training and the 3-Day™ haven’t completed their mission yet! All shoes donated from the walk will be used to support “Shoes for Africa,” where each pair of donated shoes sends a child in Africa to school. The team will be actively soliciting donations of tennis shoes for the next three weeks, hoping to send at least 100 pairs to “Shoes for Africa.”
Even though the walk just concluded, the AIU Cares team is already preparing for 2013! The team will walk in Atlanta again, in addition to “crewing” for Chicago’s Susan G. Komen 3-Day™. “Crewing” consists of volunteering for four days to prepare for and assist with the event. Dr. Bullock says, “Everyone in CEC is welcome to join our team for 2013!”
Interested in learning more? Contact Dr. Judy Bullock at JBullock@aiuniv.edu.
AIU Cares Mission: AIU Cares is committed to changing lives through education and knows that early detection leads to early cure, so we will walk in support of all who are battling breast cancer while celebrating survivors and remembering those who inspire us to find a cure.