Too young to qualify for a running in a charity race? Don’t have the money to donate to a fundraising cause that you care about? With Positive Tracks, you don’t have to worry.
Positive Tracks is ‘a kid-centric non-profit for movers and shakers,’ that encourages people who are less than 23 years old to work on fundraising efforts, especially through athletic events. The Travis Roy Foundation (TRF) has partnered with this organization, and Positive Tracks has offered to match up to $25,000 raised for TRF by the ‘under-23 club’ through the Wiffle Ball Tournament in Vermont, which will be held this year from August 9 – 11.
Vanessa Wolfe is just one example of an ‘under-23-er’ who took advantage of this opportunity. A senior in high school, Vanessa worked all year to produce and host a fashion show to raise money for TRF. Vanessa’s older brother received grants from TRF after a motorcycle accident in 2011 left him paralyzed, and she has wanted to give back to the community who helped her family since the accident ever since. Positive Tracks provided the perfect solution.
“I knew I wanted to incorporate the spinal cord injury community with my senior project,” said Vanessa. “I love being creative, and I’ve always loved fashion.” Vanessa wanted her senior project to be something that she was passionate about, so having a fashion show benefit for the Travis Roy Foundation was a no-brainer. She raised more than $2,000 for TRF, which will be matched by a donation from Positive Tracks.
How else has Positive Tracks and the Travis Roy Foundation gotten the attention of others? Vanessa said that she was once wearing a fake tattoo of the Positive Tracks logo while she was at work in a restaurant when a man she was serving asked her about it. When she told him about what TRF had done after her brother’s accident, and how she was planning to support the organization, he took out his wallet right there and offered to contribute! Instead, Vanessa invited him to come to a bake sale she had organized for the following day, also to benefit TRF. Vanessa said it was a touching moment to see him follow up on his promise to come to the bake sale, and support her work for TRF.
Every activity counts – no matter how old or young the donor! Visit www.travisroyfoundation.org/positive-tracks to learn about charity events, volunteer opportunities, and other ways you can help give back to TRF.