Today is the last day for Carrboro High School students to donate to their Winter Links fundraiser benefiting the nonprofit organization Positive Impact for Kids.
Carrboro High School sophomore Leanne Joyce, 16, and her fellow students have raised more than $800 in three weeks for Positive Impact for Kids, an organization Joyce founded in 2011.
“I help hospital staff better meet the emotional and physical needs of their pediatric patients,” Joyce said. “My nonprofit provides hospitals with appropriate distraction and tools for education and socialization.”
Joyce, previously a competitive gymnast, swimmer and jump roper, started the organization after her doctor told her that her progressing heart condition would become life-threatening if she continued the rigorous physical activity.
“While waiting for test results, teenage volunteers handed me a gift, which completely relieved my stress and I knew I wanted to give back,” Joyce said.
Positive Impact for Kids was selected by the Carrboro student body to be the receiving local charity of its donations.
“I am honored that Positive Impact for Kids was chosen as the beneficiary of CHS’s generous Winter Links initiative,” Joyce said. “Support from the CHS community means so much to me and I am glad to be a part of such a philanthropic school.”
Leah Abrams, CHS student government president, said she was not surprised when Positive Impact was selected because people knew Joyce and wanted to support her.
“As a school, we have generated thousands of dollars for Chapel Hill-Carrboro charities through this campaign,” Abrams said. “The students at Carrboro get really into this, and they're passionate about improving the world around them.”