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WeLoveU Delivers Beaming Smiles at the 2014 Trauma Mud Run

WeLoveU Delivers Beaming Smiles at the 2014 Trauma Mud Run

The International WeLoveU Foundation answered the call, as seasoned runners and adventurists alike came out this past Sunday, September 14th, for the 4th Annual Evan Lieberman Westchester Medical Center Trauma Mud Run. The 5K race, which was held at the medical center facility, was a fundraiser event for the Joel A. Halpern Regional Trauma and Burn Center.

WeLoveU volunteers and cheerers came ready for the occasion: A race that would be as challenging physically as it would be full of emotions for runners, many of which were running in support of loved ones who passed through the doors of the trauma center. Prior to the beginning of the race, volunteers helped in every way they could, including unloading trucks and joining hands with the event staff to set up food and water stations, as well as with pre-registration for runners before they hit the track.

WeLoveU volunteers staff the registration desk at the WMC Trauma Mud Run

Westchester Medical Center Trauma Mud Run 2014 Westchester Medical Center Trauma Mud Run 2014

The race kicked off with the singing of the national anthem, performed by a member of the WeLoveU Foundation. As runners lined up, the cheering squad met them at the starting line, with cheers that were as loud as they were uplifting, to the resounding chants of “WE LOVE U!”

But the cheering didn’t stop at the sound of the first whistle. It echoed many times from the starting line, as there were multiple heats of the race which started every thirty minutes. Both adults as well as children were able to participate in the race, excited for the opportunity to run for a cause they chose and the center, or simply for the challenge of completing the 5k course.

Westchester Medical Center Trauma Mud Run 2014

Westchester Medical Center Trauma Mud Run 2014

The race itself was filled with various challenges: from running through woods and climbing obstacles, to navigating fire towers and finally plunging through some mud. In the toughest turns of the obstacle course, WeLoveU volunteers were there, with a heart full of love, to deliver non-stop excitement and encouragement to all the runners that passed their way.

“I’m so happy I was able to participate in this event,” said one of the WeLoveU volunteers. “To see the faces of the athletes light up as the passed by, gave me as much inspiration to continue cheering as it gave them to keep on running.”

WeLoveU members were not only on the opposite side of the race, as cheerers or volunteers. Three of WeLoveU’s own volunteers also participated as athletes in the race, each running for a cause of their own. Through their participation, they were able to encourage unity among the other athletes, and helped push runners forward, understanding their struggles from start to end.

Westchester Medical Center Trauma Mud Run 2014

As the runners approached the finish line, covered in sweat, mud, and visible exhaustion, they were met without fail by the exciting chants of encouragement from the WeLoveU cheerers. Contestants finished in good spirits, as they were pushed to the end by the love delivered from the WeLoveU Foundation volunteers. Many stopped to take pictures with the cheering squad at the finish line, and also thanked them for their enthusiasm.

A foundation that shares a “mother’s love” with the community; As a Mother extends her arms and lifts up her child, celebrating even the smallest efforts, WeLoveU volunteers made it their goal to deliver love to all the participants and spectators at the trauma mud run from start to finish. Mission accomplished!

Westchester Medical Center Trauma Mud Run 2014

Under the Shelter of Mother’s Love

Under the Shelter of Mother’s Love

WeLoveU volunteers treat Bergen County homeless shelter guests to a special meal

On Wednesday July 23, 2014, 20 volunteers of the International WeLoveU Foundation gathered to take action for the homeless at the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center.

Following the example of Chairwoman Zhang Gil-Jah, volunteers wanted to share “a mother’s love” with the guests by preparing a warm, hand-made and delicious meal that had never been seen before at the Center.

Volunteers wanted to create an atmosphere just like home, a place where Mother prepares everything for her children with love and consideration. This is a mother’s touch – she goes above and beyond expectations to deliver gifts and foods to cherish, leaving us with a special sense of satisfaction and undeniable comfort. This is the same feeling that WeLoveU volunteers wanted to share with every guest at the Bergen Center.

With that mindset, they put their hands to work. The day before, volunteers purchased fresh ingredients themselves and brought them to the kitchen of a member’s local restaurant where the meal would be prepared. Starting from midnight the day of, volunteers began to season and cut fresh poultry for two special chicken dishes. Sides included pasta with bacon and basil, peas and fresh garlic, as well as salad with cilantro lime dressing. Dessert, french vanilla ice cream with peaches and raspberry glaze.

WeLoveU homeless shelter volunteerism is covered by the Bergen Record

WeLoveU was featured in the July 23 Bergen Record.

WeLoveU musicians entertain guests at Bergen County homeless shelterMayor Labrosse is interviewed by WeLoveU

Three WeLoveU musicians – one a Juilliard-trained pianist, one a professional trumpet player, and one a Broadway singer – performed an expressive musical ensemble to entertain the guests. The tunes created a lounge atmosphere that evoked joyful feelings and helped guests relieve angst about their current condition.

Shortly after the program began, Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse, Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino, and Councilman David Sims joined the volunteers to show their support for the cause and encourage the movement of sharing love with the homeless. Considering the critical state of homelessness in the Hackensack area, the Mayor was appreciative of WeLoveU volunteer efforts to inspire hope among residents and deliver an extra push to stand up and overcome.

As the hour to leave came near, guests shed tears of thanksgiving and hugged volunteers for their efforts.

 

WeLoveU Brings Mother’s Love to the New Jersey State Triathlon

WeLoveU Brings Mother’s Love to the New Jersey State Triathlon

WeLoveU Supports Athletes at New Jersey State Triathlon with Mother’s Love

On Sunday, July 20, more than 250 volunteers from the International WeLoveU Foundation came out to support triathletes at the New Jersey State Triathlon at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, NJ. Driving in from as far as Queens and Long Island, volunteers arrived on location at 5:00 a.m. Despite the early hour, they came ready with energy and enthusiasm to encourage over 2,500 triathletes who came from across the country to compete in the largest triathlon in the state of New Jersey, an award-winning feat in itself to make it across the finish line. Days before the event, WeLoveU volunteers scoped the park to map areas of need for the athletes. Places of struggle, like difficult hills, areas far from the finish line, and abandoned corners where encouragement was far away. In these places, chants of all kinds could be heard to help push the athletes that extra distance.

Volunteers prepared special cheers to usher participants through water stops and transition points, from swimming to biking and biking to running. With nonstop enthusiasm, they were hard at work, always with a smile and encouraging chants that could be heard from anywhere in the park. These special cheers of encouragement were the driving force behind bringing out a smile on the athlete’s faces and delivering much-needed hope to them at the toughest times. Among all the cheers, the words ”WeLoveU” became a special reminder and spark, to ignite the flames of perseverance in the hearts of every athlete.

Volunteers could be seen, in a wave of blue shirts, at the finish line awaiting every winner who came across; even to the very last one. They delivered medals and awards on stage to the athletes in winning places and spread the joy and power of love.

Following the example of the Chairwoman Zhang Gil-jah, who encourages the world to fulfill good deeds and share good words, the volunteers made every effort to stand with the athletes in their battle toward the finish line. With the love of a mother, who always encourages her children to overcome the difficult stages in life, the WeLoveU volunteers displayed the power of love in full force during a day of extreme competition, with extreme encouragement and extreme excitement. WeLoveU hopes these words and enthusiasm will be engraved always in the hearts of the triathletes, and would like to congratulate everyone who came out, for being a winner in today’s event!

CGI Racing, the race management company that organized the New Jersey State Triathlon, featured the International WeLoveU Foundation on their blog. Check it out!

Special Olympics USA 2014

Special Olympics USA 2014

On June 15, 2014, WeLoveU volunteers began their journey at 3 AM to celebrate the commencement of the Special Olympics and share love with more than 3,500 athletes from every state. The members were granted special tickets to the Opening Ceremony at the Prudential Center in Newark, where they assembled colorful cards on the stands for all the athletes to see, spelling out the message “We Love U.”

WeLoveU volunteers also responded to the staff shortage at the bowling and tennis events by gathering balls, guiding athletes, cheering them on throughout their games, and inspiring hope and goodwill for their efforts. The bright smiles and kind words from the athletes were etched into the hearts of the volunteers who were moved by the cheers.

New Jersey became home to more than 80,000 spectators, athletes, coaches and family members during the 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games. The athletes competed in 14 Olympic-style sports at Mercer County Park with the support of 1,000 coaches and 8,000 volunteers. The games were created to empower and encourage those living with intellectual disabilities and to garner support from people throughout the world for showing great “human spirit.”

 

Avon Breast Cancer Walkathon

Avon Breast Cancer Walkathon

WeLoveU Volunteers promoted unity and optimism by cheering on walkers, many of whom were directly affected by cancer.

WeLoveU Volunteers promoted unity and optimism by cheering on walkers, many of whom were directly affected by cancer.

On October 22, 2012, the International WeLoveU Foundation cheered on the participants in the Avon Breast Cancer walk, with the goal of sharing love and bringing smiles to those affected by the illness. Sharing laughter and love to those affected by cancer directly and indirectly has the power to unite communities and give hope.

There are more than 100 types of cancer and any part of the body can be affected. In 2008 alone, 7.6 million people died of cancer accounting for more than 13.6% of all deaths worldwide. Today, breast cancer is one of the most serious forms of cancer affecting women and causing the largest number of deaths.

Avon Breast Cancer Walkathon

Feed The Hunger Food Drive & Welcome Ceremony in Union Square Park

Feed The Hunger Food Drive & Welcome Ceremony in Union Square Park

Feed the Hunger Food Drive

International WeLoveU Foundation volunteers put together more than 300, 50 lbs boxes of canned goods and personally delivered them to the homes of seniors living in poverty.

On September 13, 2012, International WeLoveU Foundation volunteers put together more than 300, 50 lbs boxes of canned goods and personally delivered them to the homes of seniors living in poverty. Many of the seniors lived alone and suffered from depression. This kickoff event in Liberty State Park was to inform the local community of WeLoveU’s work and to get others involved.

More than 1.7 million New Yorkers live in poverty, struggling to afford basic necessities and suffering from hunger and malnutrition. As the recession has affected the global economy, New Yorkers have been hit hard, but City Harvest helps to put food on the table for more than 2 million New Yorkers every year.

Feed the Hunger Food Drive

88th Worldwide Blood Drive in Liberty Park, Jersey City

88th Worldwide Blood Drive in Liberty Park, Jersey City

88th Worldwide Blood Drive

WeLoveU recognizes that New Jersey’s blood shortages are higher than most states and volunteers were happy to serve the cause.

On July 29, 2012, Central Jersey Blood Services got together with more than 200 volunteers of the International WeLoveU Foundation to receive blood for critical operations and transfusions. The volunteers entertained more than 300 guests with songs, dance and various group activities while donors gave blood.

During the summer months, New Jersey’s blood shortages are higher than most states in the US. To receive life-saving blood for critical transfusions, the hospital needs hundreds of pints during these months and WeLoveU was there to serve the cause.

88th Worldwide Blood Drive

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