Inspired by their Sister
Don’t let anyone tell you that the youth of today don’t care about anything but their ipods and video games, because there is a group of young women making a real impact in the lives of people living with arthritis.
The Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority (AOII) at UBC is 52 members strong and every one of them is committed to helping people. Luckily for us, they’ve had a connection to The Arthritis Society since 1977. Last year, they got involved in our signature fundraising event, the Walk to Fight Arthritis and this year they plan to raise the bar to whole new level.
Philanthropy chair Vahnessa Espig explains their commitment to helping others, “We give back because we feel it is part of our responsibility as members of this community to help others.”
Their connection to arthritis is a little more personal. As it turns out, one of their sorority sisters has arthritis. Marina Deltcheva is the chapter resident and she explained their recent connection to the disease.
“Our sister Elisabeth has a bad form of arthritis and it has given us a deeper insight into the disease and how it affects everyone, especially Elisabeth. Despite the overwhelming pain, she is persistent. She is an inspiration to the women in AOII and it motivates us to be the best versions of ourselves, while continuously striving to support others.”
Last year, not only did they raise $1000, they provided the majority of volunteer help on the day of the Walk. This year they have ramped things up considerably and plan to raise $8000, along with their volunteer commitment.
“We are so committed to this cause, not only for Elisabeth, but for every other person out there living with this horrible disease. We think it would be really great to look back one day and say that we helped find a cure for arthritis...and we truly believe that will happen.”
To start your own team or for more information on the Walk visit walktofightarthritis.ca