Project LastDrop
 
 
 

Our Campaigns & Impact

 
 

At Project LastDrop, we focus on four main campaigns: Fundraising, Outreach Events, Awareness, and Community Involvement. Over the past year, we have done everything in our power to make sure these campaigns are a success. This year, we’re going even bigger. Check out the work of our program so far.

 
 

Fundraising

Raising funds for type one diabetes research.

 
 

We first began our fundraising campaign in the spring of 2018 when we participated in the JDRF Miami One Walk. $3,300 dollars were raised for this event through the efforts of our six original members who laid the foundation for what was to come.

Throughout the rest of 2018 we collected funds for our initiative through the beach volleyball tournament during the summer through which we raised $1000. In the spring of 2019, we hosted a soccer tournament through which we raised $1200 for our cause.

Knowing that we wanted to leave an impact at the 2019 JDRF Miami One Walk, we doubled our fundraising amount by raising $6,675 to fund the JDRF’s research and advocacy initiatives.

However, for the JDRF Miami One Walk in 2020, we have even larger aspirations. We plan on raising a minimum of $20,000 through our much larger community and increased presence in the South Florida Chapter.

We plan on partnering with other local diabetics to maximize our fundraising effort and impact in the community. We will also be working with local businesses to get them involved in the cause.

Aside from the JDRF Miami One Walk in 2020, we plan on hosting our own large event with sponsors and our entire community of Project LastDrop members to raise at least $10,000 to go towards our One Walk Fund this spring.

 

Miami One Walk Funds Collected

 
 
 

outreach events

Creating opportunities to connect with our teenage audience.

 
 
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2018 Beach volleyball tournament

When Project LastDrop was first started, our intention was always to tailor the initiative to a teenage audience. We are aware of, and promote, the power of a teen’s voice in their community.

However, one of the roadblocks we initially encountered was keeping them engaged. In a time of instant gratification and constant movement, we had to find a solution to not only grab their attention, but to keep them interested in our work.

After extensive research and feedback, we decided to host our first beach volleyball tournament in the summer of 2018. In this tournament, we had 56 players. The event was such a success, that the participants were immediately asking for another tournament. Not only did we gain a large following as a result of this tournament, but we raised $1000 for T1D research.

In the spring of 2019, we hosted a soccer tournament in which we had 112 players and raised $1200 for T1D research. As a result of this tournament, we made many of the connections with the community that we currently have today.

Through these outreach events we spread our initiative, and thus bring awareness to T1D. In addition, we raise funds for T1D through a participant fee. Moreover, almost all of the individuals with Senior Leadership positions in Project LastDrop were first exposed to the program through an outreach event.

In the coming year, we plan to host a lot more than two tournaments to stimulate our teenage audience and encourage involvement in our cause. Click here to read more about our coming events →.

 
 
 

Awareness and community involvement

Nurturing a community that serves as a catalyst for positive change.

 
 

Project LastDrop was first conceptualized as an outlet to tacked T1D misconceptions and increase the level of awareness of the condition in the South Florida community. So little people are aware of the difference between Type 1 and Type 2, familiar with the T1D symptoms, and fully understanding of the struggles type one diabetics face on a daily basis.

Through our social media platforms we share the stories of type one diabetics and others who share connections to the T1D world to further this community awareness and acceptance. With these stories, we don’t just scratch the surface of what it is to have type one diabetes. We truly get to what T1D entails and the effects that the condition has on an individual and their support system. Having a positive outlook in mind, we try to tailor our stories to share hope through our platform.

We also plan on including endocrinologists, trainers, nutritionists, and other T1D professionals to encourage diabetics to not let their condition take hold of their lives. Our program is filled with people who are living proof that we can not let T1D define us and limit our growth as individuals.

To give our program members a more tangible experience with awareness, we have clubs at various schools to fully immerse ourselves with the student population across the South Florida Region. In the coming year, we will be expanding our video series and other awareness initiatives through our social media platforms, as well as creating even more clubs at schools to further not only our awareness and community involvement campaigns, but all of our campaigns. Click here to read more about the stories we have to share with the world →.

 

Project LastDrop 2019 Member Distribution

 
 
 

Fund Our Campaigns.

 
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