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The Doula Project's First Fundraiser

What do doulas have in common with watermelons? The first-ever, watermelon-themed Activist Olympics organized by The Doula Project! On September 19, 2009, 25 determined athletes walked onto McCarren Park's baseball diamond in Brooklyn, NY ready to throw, hand-off, and roll around in the dirt with their very own watermelons, all in the name of supporting The Doula Project.

Six teams fought for the ultimate prize, a shining gold trophy, and they did so stylishly and with much team spirit. Teams of 4 people each competed in relay-style events such as the classic 'watermelon toss,' 'the watermelon run,' and a Doula Project original 'the watermelon squat.' Competition was surprisingly fierce, full of heckling, attempted sabotage, and mock confrontations with judges. After 2 hours of fun, sun, and watermelons, we declared an official winner, Team Cats the Musical. Following the Olympics we went to K&M Bar to meet up with other Doula Project supporters and toast the victors.

At the end of the day, we raised over $800. It really moved us to see how many people are dedicated to our mission of providing free emotional and physical support to people across the spectrum of pregnancy. Our goal with this event was not only to raise money and awareness about our work, but to also show people how much fun activism can be and that there are so many ways to support organizations and people. Thanks to all participants for bringing your love and spirit. Whenever you see a watermelon, we hope you think of us.

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