Some exciting news today! On the last day of the challenge (i.e. March 19, 2012), Applebee's in Madison, WI (660 S. Whitney Way) will be hosting a dine to donate event where you bring in a flyer (that I will post online), and then 15% of food and drink purchases go toward this fundraiser. What an awesome way to end the fundraiser! Look for more details on here soon!
Also, the Pizza Pie Cafe in Logan, UT will be hosting a fundraiser for a week in March where 25% of food and drink purchased during that week will go toward this fundraiser for anyone bringing in a special business card (that a friend is picking up for me and we're figuring out where/how to distribute). How exciting is that? Look for more details on here soon.
If you have any other ideas for fundraisers and want to help, feel free to email me. I'm working on a bowling fundraiser out in Oregon, and a few other ideas as well. Stay tuned!
Recently, a conversation with a friend made me think about two individuals in Ecuador who I affectionately refer to as my "abuelitos Ecuatorianos", or my Ecuadorian grandparents. All of my grandparents are no longer alive, and I often miss the wisdom and humility that comes with having lived a certain length of time on earth and experienced a variety of things. All of my grandparents were tremendous advocates of education, and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to have pursued an advanced degree. I also feel fortunate to have known, and learned from, my grandparents for a large part of my life.
While I was in Ecuador, I adopted some grandparents, or, rather, I think they adopted me. Don Ernesto and Doña Carmen taught me more in the moments we shared than any textbook could have. This is what I miss most about my grandparents, and this is what I loved about them.
I am thankful to have met such interesting and wonderful people and look forward to the chance to learn more from my adopted abuelitos when I return to Ecuador.