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SMART’s Community Awareness Team Sunaay Fundraiser

Fundraising for Sunaay

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A few members of SMART’s Community Awareness Team; (R-L) Rimjhim, Annmarie, Cristina (holding a picture of another member, Mike), Gamze and Kristin.

This summer our Community Awareness Team hosted a SMART breakfast fundraiser to benefit the Sunaay Foundation. This non-profit organization in New Delhi, India provides educational opportunities to less fortunate children in the region.

At the front of the room, our team presented an inspirational and educational video about the foundation. This featured students of the learning center and Sunaay Founder Richha Sharma. The video explains that among the many unique qualities of this learning center, sessions are held entirely outdoors. This helps to keep costs low and to ensure that all donations go to helping the children directly.

Our team personally, planned, purchased, baked, cooked and served up an amazing breakfast to SMART Associates. Everyone made a reasonable monetary contribution. The associate turnout at this latest SMART Community Awareness Fundraiser was great. Moreover, everyone who attended is thrilled for the opportunity to do good while being treated to a delicious breakfast.

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About Sunaay Foundation

sunaay-logo“Sunaay” stems from the word “Suneeti.” It is an initiative of like-minded individuals who have agreed to work towards a common cause, to empower underprivileged, uneducated children to live meaningful and self-reliant lives. Based out of New Delhi, India, they are involved with imparting primary education. This is accomplished through an outdoor makeshift, multi-graded, interactive learning program.  Students are underprivileged children aged between 2 -12 years.

Sunaay endeavors to ignite the minds of less fortunate children and spark a desire for them to learn. They use non-conventional, easy to relate tools to help them understand the basic concepts of Hindi, English (both spoken and written) and maths. They also educate them on matters of personal hygiene and social environment. Learn more

SMART Associate raises Autism Awareness

Raising Funds – Autism Awareness

Autism-Awareness-CandiApril 23, 2014 – April is Autism Awareness Month. SMART Management’s Provider Relations Representative Candi Arevalo and her family are participating in The Autism Project Walk. This will be held at Goddard Park on Sunday, April 27th in honor of her wonderful son Tyler. If you would like to make a donation to help her team reach their goal please visit their fundraising page. No donation is too small … every dollar counts!!!

If you or someone you know are interested in participating, the check-in time is at 9:00 am and the walk starts at 10:00 am. However, you don’t have to participate in the walk to enjoy the Family Fun Day. This includes a reptile show, a visit from the URI Rams Football Team, cotton candy, and popcorn, obstacle course, face painting, arts and crafts, a marketplace and much more!

Autism affects a child’s ability to communicate, understand language, play and build relationships. Candi’s son, Tyler was diagnosed with Autism at the age of five. He has struggled over the years with sensory issues, communication, and overall socialization.

Fundraising organizations like The Autism Project and Autism Speaks are there to advocate, teach and support not only children but their families as well.

Candi explained that “Thanks to these organizations, Tyler has progressed enough to be a member of the Unified Special Olympics Basketball Team, a sport he absolutely loves. He has actually become renowned for his famous 3 point shot!! The support that Tyler receives from autism programs has helped him become more independent. It has also allowed him to overcome some of the many challenges of Autism.

Autism-Awareness-logoTyler has been on the honor roll every quarter since middle school! I’m grateful for the strides Tyler has made throughout his life. I attribute much of this to the wonderful programs that fundraising for Autism provides.”

Autism Facts

Did you know that Autism:

  • Now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
  • Prevalence figures are growing
  • Is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Costs a family $60,000 a year on average
  • Is nearly five times more likely in boys than girls
  • Has no medical detection or cure for autism

Learn more