After three weeks of fundraising, eight lucky Bigs and
Littles had the once in a lifetime opportunity to ride in a helicopter courtesy
of Bristow Group!
On the morning of January 29, the Top 8 fundraisers of this
campaign eagerly waited for their chance to ride the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter,
provided by Bristow Uplift, all around the city of Houston. The eight Bigs and
eight Littles munched on snacks and intently listened to the safety rules. They
learned all about the 12-seat Sikorsky S-76 and after a quick photo-op, off
they went. Pilots spent the day taking the kids on 40 minute rides across
Houston. For many of the Little brothers and Little Sisters, this was their first
time being airborne!
Little Brother Haven was one of the top eight littles that
won this wonderful opportunity. He was really excited as this was his first
time in a helicopter. “It felt good and now I have something to tell all my
friends at school about,” he said.
The “Lift Up My
Little” campaign had volunteer mentors set up personalized fundraising pages
where they had three weeks to solicit donations from friends, families, and
colleagues. The campaign raised over $20,000 to help match children, from a
waiting list of over 800, with a positive mentor who will help enrich and
encourage their lives through educational motivation, fun adventures, and
provide them with a safe and stable relationship.
Click here to view more photos from this event.