Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Strides Event with Ferrum's Lions Branch Club

by Jessa K., Panther Blogger

Sponsoring an event on campus can be a very overwhelming task!  On February 22, the Ferrum College Lions Branch Club sponsored a Strides event.  Strides is the Lions Club International's diabetes awareness campaign.

Our event was targeted to the Ferrum and Rocky Mount communities as well as the Ferrum College student body.  As Saturday morning rolled around and all of our members were at their stations waiting for the flood of people to arrive, we began to realize one very sad fact:  nobody was going to turn out.  When all was said and done, we had less than 10 students and about 5 community members attend.  Many of the club members and I walked away from the event feeling disheartened, but I began to realize that even though we had a small turnout, everyone who attended learned so much about all types of diabetes and the effects the disease has on its victims.  I also remembered overhearing one community member say that he had learned a lot about his own diabetes, and then it sunk in.  Yeah, it's a shame only a handful of people turned out at the event, but someone really benefited from us having this event and that is what truly matters.

I do not think that any of us would have changed one thing about that day because we were able to learn many valuable lessons about organizing an event and about the true importance of an event like Strides.  After listening to the keynote speakers, Jill Maddy and her daughter Emily, the branch club really started to get excited about our work with Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)!  I know that all of us are geared up to help raise money on behalf of JDRF this fall in order to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes. 

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