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A Fundraiser in Greece: An LLL Leader's Perspective

Laura Foti-Liverakos
Athens Greece
From: LEAVEN, Vol. 42 No. 3, July-August-September 2006, p. 57

The La Leche League Mission Statement: to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Another successful La Leche League funding event is over and I am grateful for the outcome. I've highlighted the LLLI statement above because it became so evident to me through all the interactions at this fundraising event -- each aspect of the mission statement was addressed. As a La Leche League Leader, I am very grateful for this, and each of the following comments is integrated into this important statement.

Impressions from the Fundraising Bazaar

  • It's the twinkle in the eye of a mother who remembers nursing her baby 15 years ago and is thankful for the information and support she received through LLL Greece.

  • It's our members, all very busy mothers, each finding the time (women are so resourceful!) to help in whatever way they can to contribute to the success of our fundraising event ( LLL thanks all of you).

  • It's those who ask "What Is La Leche League?" and are grateful that this type of support network for breastfeeding exists in Greece. Public Awareness is important because it informs and reaches many mothers and supports, encourages, informs, and educates women, thus empowering them to successfully breastfeed their babies.

  • It's the young student who is so thrilled to meet us because until now she has only read about such a support group through her research on the topic of breastfeeding.

  • It's the little girls and boys who are grateful for a secondhand toy they can bring home from the bazaar with joy. This includes my daughter, Penelope, who is five years old. She adopted a rag doll and began "nursing her baby" and cuddling it with such love and admiration. It is so true that the children are the future.

  • It's the conversations and advice shared among mothers with older children. Many great lessons to be learned!

  • It's working with my co-Leaders on a different level from Series Meetings, and strengthening the already strong bond we share among us.

It is so many things, too many to list, but I will end with the following: it is the funds raised that enable LLL Greece to continue helping mothers; it is money raised for a very worthy cause, as our mission statement states.

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