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Culebra, PR 00775
PO Box 527
Culebra, PR 00775
Throughout time young woman have given voice and action to support causes they believe in, Joan of Arc led an army to reclaim her homeland of France. Modern day voices of brave young women worldwide are voicing their concern about our worldwide situation; Malala, Emma, Greta…
FCA is so proud to tell the stories of a few young women who have dedicated momentous life marks as fund raising for FCA because they love Culebra & they love animals.
One Culebra animal loving girl devotes her Bat Mitzvah, another her Quincenara, another simply her passion for the animals of Culebra to help with the costs of the Spay A Thon!
FCA Salutes these fine young citizens for their selfless work and is proud and honored for their acts.
Alexandra shares “Culebra has always felt like a home away from home to me. The thought of it makes me feel warm and happy and puts a wide smile on my face right away. It is my go-to when I have a bad dream. I lull myself back to sleep with the memory of the never ending ripples of Tamarindo beach and the fierce yet embracing waves of Flamenco.
The animals on the island are also a big part of its feel. The roosters that wake you every morning, the cats that seem like strays and yet they come to the same house every day and hang around the people who are kind to them. They are all so important to the island’s character and I, as well as many others on the island, think it of utmost importance to keep them all safe and healthy.
This is why I decided to raise money for this small charity some 1,600 miles away. I am a Jewish girl from Brooklyn, New York and last year I had a Bat Mitzvah, a celebration for when a girl turns 12 years old. By Jewish tradition before becoming a bat mitzvah, a girl must complete a mitzvah, or good deed. My immediate choice was Friends of Culebra Animals. I knew that the contribution I could muster, would really make a change.
My friend Elizabeth and I formed a fundraiser page on a crowdfunding website, where we explained our cause. We shared the fundraiser on social media, and soon all of our friends had seen it and many donated. I thought that people were more likely to donate if they received something physical in return. So, we organized a fundraiser party.
The party was located on Manhattan Beach in Southern Brooklyn where many of our friends live. Many came out on the warm September afternoon to enjoy the sun, make crafts and support a good cause. We used old socks, fabric, and tennis balls, which my tennis coach donated, to make toys for cats and dogs. We made colorful signs to hold up for a group picture. And we ate sushi and drank lemonade. People took the toys we made for the pets in their lives.
It was very fun and, with the help of the online fundraiser, party and matches from companies, we managed to raise about $1,500 for Friends of Culebra Animals.”
Paola could have had a big, fancy dressed occasion for her Quinceañera, (Spanish for “15 years [feminine form]”) the celebration of a girl's 15th birthday, marking her passage from girlhood to womanhood, but she asked her parents to go to Puerto Rico & help the animals there by helping with the Spay A Thon.
Hanna is from an animal loving family so she has lots of experience working with cats and dogs and she helps at a shelter in her town. Hanna wanted to come to Culebra to help with a Spay A Thon, but the timing does not work out with school & activities so she decides to host a on line fundraiser in order to raise extra money to help defray costs for FCA associated with the Spay A Thon.