The recent flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi is the worst US natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy. Too often, tragedies such as this is no longer top of mind when the news and social media have moved onto the next event or trending topic, but there is still so much work to be done and many needs still to be met when our attention is diverted to and distracted by something else.
We at Knowles Karate Academy have dedicated a day, Sunday September 11, to raise funds for this very worthwhile cause. Our special yoga classes on this day are on a donation-basis, with 100% of the money collected going to Gulf Coast Floods Children’s Relief Fund, a fund began by the non-profit charity "Save The Children".
Our yoga instructors are graciously donating their time for this day, so we hope you will join us in helping to make a difference in the lives of these children.
It takes a village. It starts with you, with me, with each and every one of us.
CLASS TIMES: 10am - 11:15am/ 11:30am - 12:45pm/ 1pm - 2:15pm/ 2:30pm - 3:45pm
If you cannot make it to one of our special fundraising yoga classes but would still like to donate, you can do so directly through this link: www.savethechildren.org
Save the Children is deploying an emergency response team to Baton Rouge to establish child-friendly spaces in emergency shelters and assess children’s most urgent needs in the wake of severe flooding in southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi.
According to Sarita Fritzler, Save the Children’s emergency team leader, “Children are the most vulnerable when disaster strikes and it’s critical that their unique needs are are addressed from the outset during emergencies like these terrible floods. We’re working closely with long-term local partners to make sure children are protected and cared for amidst the turmoil they and their families are experiencing. Thousands of children have been forced from their homes into shelters and many may have no home to return to anytime soon.”
The Save the Children Fund was started in 1919 by Eglantyne Jebb in England. In 1932, a group of forward-thinking Americans were inspired by her vision and established Save the Children in the United States and soon expanded worldwide in the wake of WWII. In 2014, the organization helped more than 166 million children through their global movement. Their mission statement:
“To invest in childhood - every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. By transforming children’s lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.”