This Sunday, October 29th at 9:00am thousands of people will meet at the Manhattan Beach Pier and walk to the Hermosa Pier to participate in the Sketcher’s pier to pier walk. A FUNd raising event that helps support children with special needs (through the Friendship Foundation) and education. The first time I wrote about this event was 2011, that year 7,200 people participated raising over 520,000. Last year, 12,000 people participated and raised over 1.6 million dollars. That’s a lot of money for a short walk (3.5 miles) on southern California’s most beautiful coastline!
How they raise the money is this: It costs $30.00 per adult to register for the event, $35.00 if you register that day. People can be “virtual walkers” and register, and raise money without even having to walk or leave their house. Then you get to choose two (Out of 7*) foundations you would like your contribution to support, or have your contributions divided equally.
That’s about it really…. Well, there is asking other’s to donate, maybe getting a team of participants together (I suggest dressing up as unicorns or monkeys to keep things fun) or just donating more than the basic entry fee. You can be part of something great with as little or as much effort as you want to put in.
This is the largest event in the nation that supports children with special needs and education. I love being part of the goodness in the world. After all, “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” When you get a bunch of someone’s together for the right reason, you can help in a MILLION ways.
Let’s go walk with purpose. Wake Up and Frolic!
*The Friendship Foundation, Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, Hermosa Beach Education Foundation, El Segundo Education Foundation, Redondo Beach Education Foundation, Palos Verdes Peninsula Education Foundation, Torrance Education Foundation