My name is Saadia Ali. The first time I completed Project Bread's Walk for Hunger I was 8 years old and eager to show support for my community. This year, I am 18, and, on Sunday, May 7th, will be marking a complete decade of consecutive participation!
In 2012, my older sister, Shaira Ali, passed away. A devastating loss to our tight-knit family and precious community. When I delivered the eulogy at her funeral, I made it clear that although my sister's death affected me greatly, there was something that affected me far more: my sister's life. She was a dedicated philanthropist, an extraordinarily ambitious, barely 16 year old with marvelous wishes for the world. While her death inspired an indescribable grief, her life inspired a desire to do the good she didn't live long enough to do herself.
This is why I am so involved with Project Bread, an established, effective, and accomplished charity that aims to abolish the considerable issue of hunger in Massachusetts.
Project Bread currently funds about 300 programs in Massachusetts. I encourage you to learn more about the valuable work Project Bread is doing by exploring the website (www.projectbread.org)!
This year, I hope to raise $25,000 to aid Project Bread in tackling this extremely relevant issue! A terrifically ambitious goal! Last year, the astounding generosity of those around me (some that I've known for my entire life, some that I've never met...) allowed me to raise $19,738! I have confidence that a $25,000 goal is, while extremely demanding, absolutely attainable.
Please, consider donating to this immensely important cause. It is your kindness, your generosity, and your selflessness that creates change.
“We rise by lifting others.”