Join me in supporting Going Places for the month of August!
My name is Kara Hicks, and I'm a Realtor with The Boulevard Compnay in Charleston, SC. During the month of August, I’m honored to take part in a Going Places Fundraiser as a member of the Joy Outreach Team.
Going Places is a nonprofit whose mission is to bring Joy to children in need. Their goal is to provide a new bicycle, lock, and helmet for every student in all of Charleston’s 31 Title 1 elementary schools. Children in these schools can live in less-than-desirable and unpredictable circumstances, and a bike provides them with a sense of freedom and escape. It also builds self-worth by being the first item of value they can call their own. A bike can restore the innocence of childhood that many have had taken away.
Going Places’ mission speaks to me on a personal level in many ways. As a child, many of my fondest memories were spent with other neighborhood kids and friends on our bikes, exploring as much as the boundaries of my neighborhood would allow. Having a bike made it possible for me to build lasting friendships outside of school, many of which are still thriving today.
Fast forward a couple of decades to the Spring of 2020. When Covid-19 became a part of our lives, I felt anxious being stuck at home. Although I work from home a good deal already, the sudden limitations put in place were unsettling to me. I made the decision to purchase a bicycle from a local store, and my outlook immediately improved! Just having a way to escape the house for a quick ride around the block gave me a renewed sense of freedom and calm. I just know that if getting a new bike at the age of 35 has meant this much to me, then it means just as much if not more to a child who has never owned one of his or her own. That’s why I have made it my goal to raise $3,000 for Going Places during the month of August. Please consider donating to help me achieve my goal and to bring Joy to children in Charleston!
For more information on Going Places and their organization, check out their website at Goingplacesnonprofit.org. Going Places is a 501c-3, and all donations are tax deductible.