Hello! My name is Mary Litchfield, but I usually go by Mary-Kate. I am from Fort Wayne, Indiana and will actually be returning to Fort Wayne for my student teaching this spring. I am studying Math Education at Purdue University with minors in Psychology and Global Studies. At Purdue I have been heavily involved with Habitat for Humanity, Phi Sigma Rho Engineering Sorority, Purdue University Choir, St. Tom’s Church Choir, and I have played nearly every intramural sport Purdue has to offer. I love being anything active ALL THE TIME, so Bike & Build should be a perfect fit for me.
I heard about Bike & Build from my good friends in Habitat for Humanity who have done Bike & Build in the past. Although it took an extra year for them to convince me to take part in this incredible ride, partly because I was studying abroad in Tanzania last summer, that doesn’t mean I am any less excited for this opportunity or any less passionate about the cause. Through Habitat for Humanity I have been blessed to meet the families who are working so hard to earn their Habitat houses. I love working on houses and learning how to do all of the different things around the house and learning about the incredible people who are working beside me, but meeting the families who are affected by our efforts is what turns hobbies into volunteering. When I was in seventh grade I made a vow to always strive to make a positive difference in the lives of others, no matter how small. To see the appreciation these people have for even something small, there is no greater feeling in the world. But it’s also a kind of confusing feeling because I have so much appreciation for them for providing me with such great opportunities to learn about houses and about the people with whom, and for whom, I work.
Seeing the beautiful and majestic United States of America is the reason I am most excited to bike across the country. After going abroad and having to say ‘no’ when asked if I have been to different places around my own home country, I have an even greater desire to explore and appreciate the magnificent countryside…but what about the people?
On second thought, I am most excited to make friends from all across the country. The earth is an incredible place, but once you meet the people who value it, take care of it, and want to share it with others, there is a whole new appreciation for what we have been given. I am excited to hear other people’s life stories and get to know my teammates and hosts. We can learn a lot from our own experience, but we can learn so much more from other people’s experiences as well, even if it is just a different perspective or outlook or the same experience, or completely new life lessons and vicarious experiences we would have never gotten to learn from otherwise.
|Mary Kate has currently raised $4,625.|
That's 103% of her $4,500 fundraising goal.