BSB Design Dallas Organizes Walk, Raises $4,500 for An Abod Safe Birthing Center
By Michelle Rothfus
Learning about the enthusiastic response to the Birthing Center Abōd Shelters® built in Tanzania in January 2017, and the overwhelming need, our BSB Design Dallas office organized and committed to walking with the goal of raising funds to help build more.
“When an Abōd® was built to be used as a Birthing Center in rural Tanzania in January, we really had no idea how it would be received. But when 30 pregnant women from the nearby villages showed up for a tour during the ribbon cutting ceremony, we knew we provided the right solution that was long overdue.” – Michelle Rothfus, BSB Design Trainer and Project Coordinator Abōd Shelters®
Building one Birthing Center and providing education to the local midwives will make an ongoing and lasting impact in this community. But many more Birthing Centers are desperately needed throughout the country.
UNICEF – Tanzania reports that “Close to 8000 women die every year during pregnancy and child birth as a result of conditions that could have been prevented or treated.”
When companies allow employees the opportunity to get involved great things happen!
On Friday, March 24, 2017, Seven BSB Design employees were out at different hours: One started walking at midnight on his own and the others started at six o’clock A.M. together – walking for a combined total of 120 miles and raising more than $4,500, for Abōd Shelters® and future birthing center projects!
Why did they decide to get involved? They believed…
- That when there is a solution to saving lives, it should be accessible.
- That every mother in a developing country has the right to the same skilled care before, during and after childbirth as a mother in a developed country.
- That they could make a bigger impact together than separately.
When Dave Copenhaver, Partner and Architect at BSB Design, Inc. in Dallas, TX, learned about the impact one Abōd Shelter® Birthing Center could make on the mortality rate of women giving birth he volunteered to have a fundraiser so that more Birthing Centers could be provided. Dave committed to raising money in memory of his wife, Beth, who passed away in late 2016. View Dave’s personal RallyUp campaign page.
Chad Riney, Production Director with BSB Design, Inc. in Dallas, TX with Dave, suggested having an office Walk-a-Thon in Support of Abōd Shelters®. There are many benefits to walking from improving circulation, weight loss to strengthening muscles and improving sleep. So choosing this campaign activity is a win-win for everyone involved. View Chad’s personal RallyUp campaign page.
The BSB Design Dallas Team Proved Everyone Has the Power to Make a Difference – Even In Just One Day
All smiles… before walking over 20 miles. Andy Penrose, Designer; Kevin Bauer, Senior Draftsperson; Mike Penrose, Senior Designer; Dave Copenhaver, Partner.
You never know what to expect with the weather in Texas this time of year. Being prepared was helpful!
A selfie from Andy Penrose, stopping briefly from walking around a local lake near Dallas, TX.
Beauty along the way!
Looks of determination! Meet Oscar Chavez, Senior Draftsperson (left) and Nick Blount, Job Captain (right).
Meet Chad Riney, Director of Production and from now on known as, ‘The Midnight Walker!’
Chad Riney's Night Run
The Dallas Abod Walk Team Performance.