Today is the last day in which participants are MAKING STRIDES for Tuition Assistance.
There are so many great stories to share about this initiative that brought 53 people to move in different ways and raise funds! Twenty participants were HDCH staff and twenty-five were students. We are grateful also to the 8 individuals from our support community who participated as well. These individuals are alumni, parents of alumni and even a grandparent of alumni!
Through our community’s generous contributions, we more than tripled our original goal for a total of $31,625 raised so far!
The campaign page will remain open for a few more days so that those who pledged contributions can still log in to do so.
We would like to congratulate the TOP Fundraiser – Arlene Bennink, alumni and past parent who hiked more than 100km for HD and raised $13,125 in sponsorship! Arlene posted beautiful pictures from the forest and included beautiful prayers for HDCH on social media. “My prayer for students is that they will always look to God for his perspective and strength and that they will look around them to see how he calls them to be agents of renewal and advocates for justice in this world.”
In another prayer, Mrs. Bennink quoted 1 Timothy 4:12 and reminded students not to let anyone look down on them for being young. Coincidentally, the second and third place participants did not let their age stop them from Making Strides and raising funds for HDCH either. Arie Van Eek, aged 88, walked laps around his retirement home twice a day and raised $6,500 for tuition assistance. Jake Plantinga, aged 70, retired and longest-serving HD staff member, ran more than 110km and challenged younger participants to surpass him – putting the fun in fundraising! Mr. Plantinga raised $1,727.01 for tuition assistance! As a result of that challenge, Mr. Todd ran an additional 10km with Mr. Plantinga and they took the opportunity to express their thanks to our support community in a video.
The top fundraising team was the Knights soccer team. As they were “Making Touches for Tuition” they raised $4,780!
If you didn’t participate and want to be involved, there is still one more chance! Mr. Apers invites you to join the last leg of his bike tour of HDCH communities. He’ll be riding from the old HDCH campus on Athens Street to the current campus. If you want to ride along, meet at Immanuel CRC at 3 pm this Friday, June 19!