NH Letter Carriers have been applying their athletic skills for a good cause recently. Their efforts raised both money and awareness for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. MDA is the worlds leading non-profit health organization, sponsoring research, seeking the causes and effective treatments of neuromuscular diseases. Currently MDA research grants are supporting over 250 projects worldwide.
In Dover NALC Branch 44 held its 10th annual MDA Bowlathon raising over $1000 . Carriers from Manchester, Durham, Hampton, Derry and Somersworth participated. While Derry walked away with the winning trophy, the real winners were the people who rely on MDA’s many services.
This past weekend NH Letter Carriers from across the state participated in their annual MDA Golf Tournament at scenic Hale’s Location Golf Course. The event was a huge success raising over $3400 for MDA!! A team led by NALC Branch 44 President Dan Yianakopolos walked away with the bragging rights as they squeaked out the tournament title edging a team of local letter carriers: Wayne Alterisio, Don Cummings, Rick “Shep” McArdle and Elka Waddell. It was great to see so many letter carriers take part in this fundraiser.
The National Association of Letter Carriers has a long tradition of supporting MDA and actually was the first national sponsor of MDA. Our efforts have raised over $20 million in the past 15 years alone.
One way we can each help MDA is to ask your elected representatives to co-sponsor HR 494 the MD Care Act of 2013. Its official name is the Paul Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance , Research and Education Act. This act helps enable scientist in the worlds best research facilities develop new drugs in the treatment of muscular dystrophy. Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has already co-sponsored this bill along with many other members of Congress.
“It’s important that our branches make these fundraisers their own,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “The results are always better when they do. And every dollar we bring in is one more dollar we’re closer to delivering the cure.”
Unions are stepping up and building bridges with community organizations nationwide. These local activities are just one example of this partnership. As always unions put the boots on the ground and people in the streets (or bowling alleys, golf courses) for worthwhile causes. Whether its economic justice in the workplace or social justice in our nation or simply working for the common good, unions will lead the way.