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Girl Up Walkathon
May 4 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT
One event on May 5, 2019 at 9:00 am
Come walk laps or donate online!
Sacramento Waldorf School’s Girl Up Club is a powerful way to create action and awareness in our community for girls in need of our support around the globe. Our fundraiser will provide school supplies, support school programs, increase safety and health, and advocate for girls who want a future outside of being married in their teens and taken out of school.
The world over, amazing women and men are fighting for justice, equality, and basic human rights every day. Here at Sacramento Waldorf School, we believe that aiding in this fight is not just a recommendation, but rather essential to being a person of substance on our campus. That is why we have formed our very own Girl Up club, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, to raise awareness and funds for adolescent girls in developing countries who lack the education, health, and social and economic opportunities so many of us take for granted.
Globally, there are 65 million school-age girls who are not receiving formal education, 17 million of whom will never attend school in their lifetime due to social and economic circumstances. For instance, in Ethiopia, nearly 1 in 5 girls are married by the age of 15. We learned about a girl named Sesuagno Mola who was married at age five and had her first child at 14. She never had the chance to go to school. Fortunately, through Girl Up, Sesuagno was empowered to take ownership of her life. Girl Up seeks to delay early marriage and support adolescent in Ethiopia through cultivating important life and job skills.
Our very own initiative will raise vital funds for Girl programs in Uganda, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Liberia, India, and Malawi. This money will go towards necessities like education fees, school supplies, health care, and “stop child marriage” campaigns.
This year, our goal is $15,000 and we are inviting all SWS families to help make this happen! We are committed to making a difference, but we can’t do that without the help of all our students, parents, and community members. The event this Saturday and Sunday, May 4th-5th, from 9am to 9am, is a chance for us all to come together for this cause, but we cannot forget the importance of fundraising. If you have a student in middle school or high school, please remind them of the importance of reaching out for support to family and friends. If you are interested in participating directly, stop by this weekend, walk some laps, and donate online at our GoFundMe page.