Libby McRoberts has been volunteering with Bracelet of Hope for four years. Inspired by the organization’s founder, Dr. Anne-Marie Zajdlik, who spoke at an event at her church, she started to volunteer with others from her church. She cites how hearing Dr. Zajdlik speak about how nearly 1 in 4 people live with AIDS in Lesotho cued her to wonder how she could get involved, and make a difference while also being a positive role model for her children.
Libby has volunteered as a special events volunteer and event organizer. She recently returned from visiting Lesotho, where Bracelet of Hope has been developing connections with local foster homes, small businesses, and community organizations. Visiting the families who have been impacted by support from Bracelet of Hope and other Canadians was inspirational, Libby says; it strengthened relationships between the Canadians and Basotho who were working together from opposite ends of the Atlantic to foster young children, develop local businesses, and support families impacted by AIDS. She returned from Lesotho, inspired, with countless stories and memories to share, and a compelling determination to learn more.
Ultimately, volunteerism is central to Libby’s world view, and has helped to expand it beyond her family, friends, and immediate environment. “Volunteering is important to the community,” she says, “because volunteering fosters community – everyone works together to make their community a better place.”
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