It’s my birthday, are you down?

For my birthday, I’ve decided to participate in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk alongside The Angry Philanthropist. Instead of organizing a bar gathering or a Filipino party, I wanted to give my birthday to something bigger for once. [The added benefits included saving money and consuming far less calories.] Join our team or donate here: Donnaly’s Fundraising Page.

It’s been a while since I’ve volunteered my time. In high school, I was involved in a couple of clubs and completed a couple hundred hours of community service. It was nice to give to worthy causes and those less fortunate, but of course this was in my limited worldview and from a point of unrecognized privilege. In college, I volunteered a few hours… mostly to maintain my scholarships and fulfill class requirements.

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed the differences with volunteer work, charity work, philanthropy and the organizations that exist for these purposes. I have also been exposed to the need for structural and policy changes so that communities who need extra assistance don’t keep slipping through the cracks. The underlying principles at work here evade my feeble mind, but it’s so great have friends all throughout the spectrum making this world a better place. They also don’t mind helping me understand all this madness.

I personally like volunteering when possible, as long as I believe in the cause or event. Sure, I’m not a sustainable part of the system and I’m not fixing much in the bigger picture. But every little bit counts somehow, some way to somebody.

I’m really excited to do the Heart Walk to further the efforts of heart disease research and help spread life-saving information. It’s also nice that it’s a walk! Definitely an easy way to promote a healthier lifestyle. I feel connected to this cause because heart disease is the leading cause of death for Filipino-Americans over 65. That’s crazy! And so unnecessary. I hope you’ll take a second to check out my personalized page and make a donation or even join our team! The more, the merrier :) Every little bit helps.

It would be so awesome for your to help make my birthday bigger than myself. Thank you in advance for your generous support!

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