So there was this walk yesterday! You may have heard me talk about it!
holding Celefin, Beena, El, Kritter, Elayna, me, Rockstar P. held by rintrahroars
, Pete, jennifer
, David, badlittlemonkey
Not pictured: letoile82
and her son, who, alas, we never connected with]
Team Venture raised a kickass $2,783.80 for BARCC. We were the #4
team in terms of fundraising, right after the three branches of BARCC volunteers and before the interns. That's pretty staggering. Given a little more money, we could've overtaken Hotline, which has the most volunteers. Pretty awesome, guys.
I'll let everyone thank their own sponsors, if only because I don't have time to go through everyone's lists and match people to LJ names, but from me and Elayna: Thank you so much
to our amazing sponsors arianhwyvar
, Daniel D., miss_lisa_ma
, Anonymous, wren13
, Richard, browngirl
, Jaime, lensman
, Merlyn, Cinema Babe, asim
, and phantom_wolfboy
! You rule!
I love these walks. Not just BARCC's - I used to do AIDS Walk when I lived in Florida and Georgia. There is something about a gathering of hundreds to thousands (we had 1300) of people who really passionately *care* about something that you yourself care about that just transports me. It is so powerful to look back, as we did exiting the Smoot bridge, and see that river of people streaming out behind you...
My team was amazing. Not just in fundraising, but in general niftiness! This is the biggest walk team I've ever had, and I love that so many wonderful friends came out to walk. They all deserve major props! Team Venture also got major bonus points for staying after and helping take down the Clothesline Project, and for feste_sylvain
helping to run a registration table. Yes, I love to help perhaps more than the average person - but my friends are likewise above average. <3
Several co-workers told me today how great it was to see the teenagers. They were just tremendously joyful. We had a really happy group in general!
About halfway through the walk, I started hearing some rumblings of "how
much longer?" from said teenagers. So. I sang.
And got them all singing.
"Bohemian Rhapsody". Selected works by Jonathan Coulton and They Might Be Giants. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot".
The entirety of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
People were amazed and amused. :)
I care a lot about this work. And I'm the only one in my crowd who does
this sort of work, so getting this concrete reminder that all of these wonderful people support this mission and want to help - I keep saying amazing, because it is.