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2005 LLLI ConverenceWill You Rock or Walk to Washington DC?

Mary Hurt
LLLI Public Relations Associate
from LEAVEN, April-May 2004

“Planning is the key to making something you really want to happen actually happen. If you are considering going to the LLLI Conference, don’t let the financial aspects scare you away. There is enough time now to plan and raise the money to fund your trip. Some ideas on how to individually supplement your trip include saving a little ‘extra’ from paychecks, asking that any gifts received during the year be in the form of cash toward the trip, and collecting coins in a large change jar,” writes Janet Walkup in Palmetto Palette, South Carolina’s Leader letter.

She goes on to say that there are many fundraising options available including yard sales, bumper stickers, recipe books, catalogue parties, car washes, and more. Janet states, “We are limited only by our imaginations.”

Leader Robin Rziha and the Great Bend LLL Group recently used their imaginations and completed a very successful fundraiser. The Great Bend Group covers approximately a 75 square mile area of rural Kansas, USA. Robin states that she wishes Leaders everywhere would participate in the World Walk for Breastfeeding. “It really is a great fundraiser.”

The Great Bend LLL Group has had successful Walks in the past, but this year they decided to try a new angle. They held a World “Rock” for Breastfeeding. Robin writes, “Our 2003 World Walk for Breastfeeding wasn’t a Walk at all. Instead, our Great Bend Group collected donations for a chance to win a beautiful glider rocker. The glider rocker was donated to our Group by a local furniture store.”

The suggested donation for a ticket was one dollar (US) or six tickets for five dollars. All members were encouraged to try to collect 25 US dollars in donations. The Group sold the tickets from August 1st through September 30th and advertised the drawing at an art exhibit and a women’s exposition. They also had the rocker on display and tickets available at a children’s clothing store in Great Bend for the month of August.

In all, the Group collected over $3,000 in donations for chances to win the glider rocker. In addition, they donated 100 percent of their breast pump rental and sales income for the month of August to the World “Rock” for Breastfeeding. The grand total for ticket donations, sales, and rentals was $4,385, making it a very successful and easy fundraiser for the Group, Area, Division, and La Leche League International.

Whether you Walk for breastfeeding or hold another fundraiser, the single most important thing you can do is to begin your project. Why not begin today by taking just one baby step in your “Walk” to Washington DC. Ask members of your Group for help or look up fundraising ideas in the Leader’s Handbook, past issues of Leaven, and on LLLUSA’s Web site at

Plan now so that you will be celebrating Breastfeeding: An Ancient Art---A Modern Miracle at LLLI’s 19th breastfeeding Conference to be held July 2-5, 2005, at the Hilton Washington and Towers, Washington, DC, USA.

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