Days of Thanks / Days of Giving: Day 5

December 3, 2018

Days of Thanks / Days of Giving: Day 5

Project Manager Sumer Thomas chose Debris Free Oceans as her charity of choice for our Days of Thanks / Days of Giving campaign. Debris Free Oceans is a 100% volunteer-run organization that inspires local communities to responsibly manage the lifecycle of plastics and waste as part of a global initiative to eradicate marine debris from our beaches, reefs, and oceans. We believe in shifting our culture towards a circular economy, where “waste” no longer exists and all consumables are part of a closed-loop lifecycle. Their messaging encourages us all to RETHINK single-use consumption and to embrace lifestyles with more action and less clutter. This begins with understanding how the 5 Rs can be incorporated into all facets of society.

The 5 “R”s: We promote ways to REDUCE the amount of waste we send to the landfill by refusing single-use plastics. We spawn innovative means to REUSE what we already have instead of spending time and money on products we don’t need. We promote RECYCLING and regenerating objects unfit for reuse into functional and indispensable innovations. We RECAPTURE marine debris to prevent its consumption by marine life, its harmful interaction with our global food web, and its impacts on the aesthetic and intrinsic values of our oceans. We advocate for the REDESIGN of marine debris into artistic and functional contributions to our society.
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Our Business Development Manager, Michael Werner, chose the National Multiple Sclerosis Society because of personal experience with this devastating disease. He writes:

My extended family lost my biological grandmother when my mother was nine years old (I never met her). My grandmother left five kids (ages 1-11), including my mother, and a stressed husband (my grandfather). This disease took her life–from an able-bodied young mother to a feeble, shaking, bedridden shell of herself, unable to speak or move near the end–in a matter of months.

Every summer in July for the last 30 years, my family hosts one of the largest private fundraising events for MS in Wisconsin, The Croal Open (a golf outing, silent auction, donation rally, BBQ, etc.). We attract upwards of 300+ participants and raise $70K+ annually. Since the late 60’s when my grandmother lost her battle, the MS Society has made gigantic strides toward curbing and curing this disease (indeed, with the help of cannabis). Now in 2018, many forms of MS are manageable and a cure (or at least way to stop it in its tracks once detected early-on) is nearing widespread availability. I want to see an end to MS in my lifetime.

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