BBQ Fundraiser in Essex, UK

A big THANK YOU to my family for hosting a BBQ fundraiser in Loughton, Essex, UK in support of my campaign for Teach for Bulgaria. They raised £450!

http://bit.ly/georgi-chicago-fundraiser-teach-for-bulgaria

I really appreciate your support!

Namely, I’d like to thank:

— Rumen&Geri
— Hristo&Hristina
— Ivan&Maria
— Ylian&Lydia
— Vlado&Mariam
— Simon&Sarah
— Georgi
— Plamen&Sonia

Paying it forward through Rotaract

Paying my Rotary experience forward by running 4 half marathons and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon to support Teach for Bulgaria.

Published in Rotary Voices, the official blog of Rotary International:

I’ve raised close to $2,000 out of my $5,000 goal by the end of October:

https://www.globalgiving.org/fundr…/georgi-chicago-marathon/

Rotaractor Runs 128 km for Teach for Bulgaria

Thank you, Rotary District 7930, for sharing my story about my experience with Rotary and paying it forward through Rotaract:

https://www.rotary7930.org/Stories/rotaractor-runs-128km-for-teach-for-bulgaria

My love affair with Rotary started when I was a junior in high school and was selected by the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission for their United States Achievers Program. One of the participants told me about Interact during the break of a preparation course for applying to U.S. colleges and inspired me to start my high school’s first ever Interact Club, which I ran successfully with my co-president and about 10 members for a year until I graduated.

I got a scholarship to attend a college in Massachusetts and moved from my small town of Septemvri, Bulgaria. After several flights, I found myself in the USA on 17 August 2009. The moment I landed at Boston Logan Airport symbolized my departure from a world that was familiar and comfortable; I realized I had left my family, homeland, and culture behind yet to discover a whole new community, country, and new friends.

Within the first few days of my arrival in Massachusetts, I was immediately accepted, blanketed in warmth and kindness from the Rotary District 7930 community. My 3.5 years in college were exceptionally amazing because of everyone in Rotary who welcomed me, thanks to a Rotarian from a local Rotary Club. I would’ve been lost without her, and I felt so grateful for having her in my life.
Ever since then, I’ve wanted to return the same sentiment in some way. I participated in Rotaract throughout college and have been an active member of Boston Rotaract for the past two years.

I became a Rotaractor because I believe collaboration towards a common goal leads to stronger ties within communities, promotes cultural and economic advancement. Rotaract has provided me with the opportunity to identify with people whether they are from Bulgaria, the EU, the United States, Asia, Latin America, Africa, or anywhere in between. As a result, I have friends of different ethnic and/or social backgrounds and have been able to taste the richness of their cultures, while being part of a group of young people genuinely excited to volunteer and provide service above self.But still, I felt something was missing. I wanted to pay it forward but was unsure how.

This year I decided to challenge myself with the goal of running four half marathons in the summer and participating in the Chicago Marathon in October. While running the distance of over 120 km, I will be raising money to support Teach for Bulgaria, an organization very dear to my heart because of their mission – quality education for every child, regardless of where they live or what their socioeconomic status is.

I already ran two half marathons, I have 86 km left! I’ve raised $1,161out of my $5,000 goal by the end of October in support of this organization.

By supporting Teach for Bulgaria’s cause I want to make sure that more students are going to have role models like the Rotarian who was also a teacher and provided a loving heart when I needed it the most, so that they can help them develop their potential, regardless of where they live or where they come from, to help them gain the confidence to believe they are capable of anything. This is my way of paying it forward to her and Rotary.

I believe that only by strengthening the ties which unite us in Rotary, we are capable of transforming an entire community and can together make a difference by contributing to every child’s access to quality education in Bulgaria; quality education which leads to a functioning economy and a strong society. I believe in Service Above Self: it’s easier to make a positive change when you have the world of Rotary working together.

I’ve raised $1,161 of my goal of $5,000 by the end of October in support of Teach for Bulgaria.

You can  support my effort by donating to my GlobalGiving fundraiser or sharing the campaign on social media with your network.

Rotaract Supports Teach for Bulgaria, too!

I’ve run 42/128 km of my challenge with a cause in support of Teach for Bulgaria, a non-governmental organization which works towards providing every child in Bulgaria with equal access to quality education. I completed 2 half marathons, and I have 2 more half marathons to go before the big Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October!

I am running these marathons so that more students can have inspiring teachers like Boryana, my high school physics teacher who challenged me to analyze physics through my own perspective by using innovative teaching methods and project-based work that involved teacher-student team effort.

Thanks to all the Rotaract Clubs that have supported my fundraising campaign!

A big shout-out to:

Rotaract Club of New York at the United Nations

Rotaract Club of Manhattan NYC

Boston Rotaract

Rotaract Club of Toronto

Club Rotaract de Québec

Rotaract – Bulgaria

I’ve raised $1,011 out of my $5,000 goal by the end of October from friends, acquaintances, and even perfect strangers. Every little bit will help me reach my goal:

https://www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/georgi-chicago-marathon

I believe in Service Above Self: it’s easier to make a positive change in education or anything else when you have the world of Rotary working together.

There is no small donation, every donation counts. 

Boston Rotaract End-of-Year Highlights

The Rotary year ends on June 30th.

What a great year Boston Rotaract had!

Some big highlights:

– Collaborated with our partner organizations and raised $9,295 over two years to complete a sustainable, impactful clean water international service project that brought clean water to 2,200 people in Ghana.

– Exceeded our goal of 500 community service hours!

– Organized the district’s first ever Diversity & Inclusion workshop. – Doubled our membership!

– Ran a professional development workshop.

I ran a 10K to raise money for our service project, thanks to everyone who donated! Posting an infographic with more information about the project and our impact as a club.

Also, sharing a photo of some of us at the Rotary District 7930 Installation dinner at the Danversport Yacht Club!

Boston Rotaract at the Rotary District 7930 Installation dinner!
We did it! We completed a 2-year-long international service project in partnership with Pure Home Water and brought clean water to families in Ghana! 

Boston Rotaract Supports Teach for Bulgaria, too!

A special shout-out to Boston Rotaract for supporting my challenge with a cause fundraising campaign for Teach for Bulgaria! Thank you!

You can join them, too, by donating to my GlobalGiving fundraiser:

https://www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/georgi-chicago-marathon/

Operation Thank a Veteran – The Mayor’s Office of Veterans Services

Volunteered at “Operation Thank a Veteran” last Saturday with Boston Rotaract and the Downtown Boston Rotary Club.

Engaged with veterans who served in the United States military to thank them for their service and provide them with information on resources available to them and their families from the City of Boston.

Got to meet Marty Walsh, the 54th Mayor of Boston!

Boston is home to more than 22,000 veterans. So far, the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Service has reached out to more than 3,000 veterans. They need volunteers to help them engage former service members.

More info on: https://www.boston.gov/calendar/operation-thank-veteran

Boston Rotaract Makes Holiday Cards for Hospitalized Kids

Last Rotaract meeting of 2018! We had a great night yesterday making over 50 cards for Cards for Hospitalized Kids. Check out some of the cards we made!