When Jayme Lipkin-Moore died in a tragic train accident 12 years ago, Caren Lipkin-Rifkin felt compelled to honor her daughter’s memory by continuing the work that Jayme had been doing — and so, Jayme’s Fund for Social Justice was born.
“We started Jayme’s Fund to continue promoting the passions [Jayme] had for promoting children’s rights and involving children in doing good general community service projects,” Lipkin-Rifkin said.
Each year there are several events held to raise money for the fund and spread awareness of children’s rights.
This weekend, you can head out for a hike in Hollis to support the cause.
“The hike we’ve been doing every year is typically a snowshoe hike called January Jaunt, but we rescheduled it because of ice this year,” Lipkin-Rifkin said. “This is only the second year we have had March Into Spring.”
The hike will be two hours and includes a homemade lunch. If you don’t own snowshoes but want to use them, they will be available to borrow.
“It’s a nice event that’s sponsored by the community. There are awesome trails in Hollis that we hike, and I say hike lightly because it’s really a walk through the woods — it’s not vigorous. It’s certainly for all levels of experience; we don’t want to scare anyone off,” Lipkin-Rifkin said.
There will be prizes for those who are able to donate the most money for the cause. Those participating in the hike are asked to raise at least $100.
“We’re raising this money to help children in need and we’re doing it in a creative and enjoyable way while also engaging the community in a way that’s meaningful,” Lipkin-Rifkin said.
Carolyn Morgan Hafez has sponsored the hiking event for the last few years.
“We’re lucky enough to live on conservation land in Hollis, and we’re always hiking and snowshoeing,” Hafez said.
After working on the board for a number of years, she has continued to help with Jayme’s Fund through fundraising.
“It’s always a warm and nice event. It’s my way of contributing to the Jayme fund. I think it supports a very good cause. They’re helping disenfranchised children. … But it’s also very much about continuing with the memory of her daughter.”
Jayme’s Fund for Social Justice provides scholarships — like annual journalism scholarships to students at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, where Jayme went to school — and grants to organizations that promote children’s rights, like Child Health Services in Manchester.
Lipkin-Rifkin has done many other fundraisers over the years, including concerts and golf tournaments, as well as events that encourage young people to get involved. On March 26, for example, students at Southern New Hampshire University sewed and stuffed bears for Jayme’s Bears, an annual fundraiser that donates the bears to local hospitals as well as organizations around the world.
“The wonderful energy of students helps us to remember why we started this in the first place,” Lipkin-Rifkin said.
As seen in the March 27, 2014 issue of the Hippo.