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TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More

April 24, 2010
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Many walkers decide to either form or join a team.  The reasons for being on a team are as varied as the number of walkers.

Last year I joined Loretta’s Ladies, a team lead by Janet Goulbourn-Mozolewski and made up of women from the NY/NJ Metro area.  There is strength in numbers, so it is with great strength that Loretta’s Ladies work and walk toward putting an end to the suffering caused by breast cancer.  Each team member has their reasons for participating but  there is one reason in common.  On February 14, 2008,  friend and teammate Loretta Gaffney was diagnosed with cancer. The team changed its team name to “Loretta’s Ladies” to give Loretta the hope, strength and courage to fight her battle. Unfortunately, God had other plans for Loretta and took her from us in June but she was with us in October 2008 in our hearts and her spirit will live on.  In 2009, this team of 32 AMAZING walkers raised over $89,000!

Teams are one of the best ways to experience the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer because:

  • Team fundraising typically exceeds individual fundraising.
  • New walkers can learn from experienced walkers.
  • Creative fundraising ideas are usually stimulated in the presence of other individuals with the same focus, passion and excitement.
  • Support and camaraderie arises among team members.
  • Team members share insight and knowledge on how to be successful.
  • Teams can take advantage of Team fund raising!

HOW MANY PEOPLE DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A TEAM?
A team is a minimum of two registered participants; teams can be comprised of just walkers or a combination of walkers and crew members. There is no team member maximum.

WHAT IS THE TEAM FUNDRAISING GOAL?
Each walker on the team must honor their individual commitment to have a minimum of $1,800 in her/his own fundraising account in order to walk.

One of the benefits of being on a team is that other team members may have exceeded their fundraising goal and can provide help to a team member who is short of the $1,800 goal.  A team member can save extra checks and give them to the one who needs help; that person sends in the check using their coupon book.

HOW DO I JOIN A TEAM?

  • Meet teams during Avon Walk events like Great Start Party and The Expo.
  • Join a local training walk. Many team members lead or participate in walks.  Walks can be found listed on the AvonWalk.org website.
  • Ask your walker buddy to recommend a team in your area.

More information about teams can be found on the AvonWalk.org website: http://walk.avonfoundation.org/site/PageServer?pagename=nwy_teams

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