I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Advil®, as a part of the Advil® Relief in Action campaign. I received compensation for this post. While all opinions stated are my own, I make no claims about Advil® as a product or its effectiveness.
My perspective on volunteering is very recent. I grew up in Chile, where at the time, no volunteerism culture existed. After 10 years living in the USA, I truly believe in the importance of going out and doing something for others. Do you know why? Because you get so much in return. My volunteerism story started after seeing a magazine ad about a long distance walk: the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, a two day event to raise money to fight breast cancer. I remembered thinking “Would I be capable of doing that?” I had many obstacles to overcome: flying alone in this country, new to me; finding time to train; camping with a stranger. But on a whim I signed up, and once the ball was rolling I just went with it.
Little did I know how training in the horrible Houston summer would trigger my migraines. It took some tweaking of my medication and several talks with my neurologist, but I did manage to get around the pain. I completed my first 60 mile walk and I was hooked. The Advil® Relief in Action campaign honors and supports people who don’t let pain get in the way of helping others, and this is my example. Don’t let pain rob you of the satisfaction of achieving a huge goal. The energy I got in return has kept the flame alive and now, at least once every year, I volunteer for one of the walks, either walking or as a crew member. I feel renewed after volunteering and seeing thousands of people doing something so altruistic. It brings me peace, joy, and hope for a better future.
I still get goose bumps seeing a wave of thousands of people doing something without asking for anything in return. All the smiles flash through the pain and all the comfort I find each year has made such a positive impact on me. I believe we can change the world through active volunteerism. It gave me great satisfaction to see that the money raised is making a difference and helping sick people. As part of the Advil® Relief in Action program, a portion of the price of participating Advil® bottles will go to Habitat for Humanity® International and the Wounded Warrior Project® so their volunteers can get the relief they need, and get back to giving back.
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