We are thrilled to introduce Heidi Pritchett, Kara and Kelsey Breitung, Andrea Doss, and Chris Marr of The Good Hike, ‘Hiking for Hunger Relief’. After being inspired by participating in Team in Training marathons, which helped to raise money for leukemia and lymphoma research, Heidi and Kara decided that they would start their own fundraising campaign. We first met Heidi and Kara at our ‘Art that Feeds’ Food Drive in Nashville during The String Cheese Incident’s fall tour of 2011. It was here that Heidi and Kara chose Conscious Alliance to be the beneficiary of a far-reaching fundraising campaign they call The Good Hike.
They describe The Good Hike as a group of friends coming together for a deserving cause. Each person in the group is responsible for raising $2000. Starting in June of 2012, the group raised money in a variety of different ways, such as fundraising through yard sales, yoga classes, raffles, bingo nights, silent auctions, and charity parties for hunger relief. They also utilized the Conscious Campaigns tool on our website to help raise money online. Finally, the team took their campaign to the Grand Canyon, where they hiked 30 miles in 3 days, raising money for Conscious Alliance through sponsors who pledged to donate per mile.
Hunger in America—especially the hardships faced by Native American communities such as the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation—is rarely talked about. Because of this, Heidi tells us, fundraising is not the only valuable part of The Good Hike’s experience. The value of learning about the needs of the communities that Conscious Alliance serves and using this knowledge to spread awareness in their own community has been equally as priceless. She said it was also extremely valuable on a personal level as well, because of her own Native heritage.
So far, Heidi, Kara, Kelsey, Andrea, and Chris have raised 88% of their $10,000 goal—and they aren’t done yet. They are truly an inspiration, proving that just five people can come together and raise such a substantial amount of money for a cause they believe in. They hope to continue the tradition every year, and once again return to the Grand Canyon to do another Good Hike.
We are so fortunate to have the support of people like The Good Hike. Conscious Alliance cannot accomplish our mission without the help of people like YOU! To start your own fundraising campaign visit ConsciousAlliance.org/donate/donate-campaigns.
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