Live Below the Line challenge from April 29-May 03, 2013 (donation deadline is May 31, 2013) – It’s a 5-day challenge where participants are asked to live on $1.50 per day, which is the current extreme poverty line, on food and drink. The goal is to raise awareness on the reality of extreme poverty. This is nowhere near the true experiences of the 1.4 billion people that currently live in extreme poverty, especially since they have to budget more needs than food and drink on $1.50/day, or maybe even less. The goal is to raise awareness so that more people will help fight against extreme poverty, and also to raise funds for organizations that aim to improve the lives of the 1.4 billion people currently living in extreme poverty. This year, funds donated to me will support the US Fund for UNICEF.

2013 Shot@Life Champion Summit from Feb. 10-12, 2013 – I was honored to be invited to the summit as one of Shot@Life’s Champions. The 2.5-day conference was held in Washington, D.C.. It was packed with notable speakers, training sessions, and activities such as meeting with our state’s congressional offices to advocate for global vaccines. I got to meet people from different backgrounds, and I definitely learned a lot from them. If you want to view pictures from the summit, Like me on Facebook or follow me on Instagram.

Freerice Birthday Challenge from Oct. 03-07, 2012 – To celebrate Freerice’s 5th birthday (Oct. 07, 2012), I asked my high school classmates from the Philippines to join the Freerice group I created for us (Campion 04). Our goal was for each member to answer 500 questions within the 5-day celebration (equal to 5,000 grains of rice per member donated through the World Food Programme by sponsors). We ended up having 8 members participate in the challenge, and we earned 35,320 grains of rice in that 5-day span on top of the 47,170 grains of rice that we already earned in September. According to Freerice’s FAQs, it takes about 400 grams of rice to feed a person per day. We’ve accumulated about 1718 grams of rice total, so that means we’ve given at least 4 people a day’s worth of rice already simply by answering very easy trivia questions.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF from Oct. 22 – Oct. 31, 2012 – I placed boxes at home, in my cubicle at work, and at my husband’s work’s break room with signs saying what the boxes were for. To advertise my participation in the campaign more at my work, I posted an ad on our online Classifieds intranet page and also e-mailed everyone in my department. I received positive feedback, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. It was so easy yet effective at raising funds and awareness.

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