About Me...
Hi. My name is Sarah Rini. I'm the daughter of Sam, Jr. and Carolyn Rini and the granddaughter of Sam & Shirley Rini.

When I was young, I remember hearing stories from my parents about a traveling, performing arts and service group called Up with People; and how each of them had a chance to “travel the world” with this amazing organization. I remember thinking how much I would give to be a part of something this exciting and impactful!

I'm now almost 20 years old and I'm so excited to announce that I have been accepted to participate as part of the July 2012 cast that will begin their world tour in August of this year!

Up with People (UWP) is a non-profit, global education program that brings the world together through service and music. They have existed as a non-profit organization for over 45 years, providing a unique combination of performing arts, community service, international travel and host family exchange to make a positive impact in each community they visit.

As students, it’s a chance for us to gain a global perspective and a better understanding of other cultures and social issues. The program also fosters leadership skills and opportunities for personal growth through community service. In addition to musical performances, we’ll be giving our time and energy to unique community projects in each town and city we visit.

As students traveling with UWP, we finance our own way. Between my parent’s support where they have offered to pay 50% of the costs, my own savings, and selling my car, I am very close to having my trip fully funded, but still need some help.
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The program cost for the full year is $24,950. Just like a year in college, this is very expensive. However I know the experiences I will have, and the contributions I make to the world, will make every penny worth it.

My goal was to raise the final $5000 myself through fundraising and I am so humbled that friends and family have helped me already raise almost $3500 towards this goal. THANK YOU!

If you would like to help me make a difference in the world, it's not too late. I have until late in November to pay my final balance and your help would be so much appreciated. Would you consider supporting me with a donation?

I want to stay in touch with EVERY person or company that is able to help me out and want to invite you to follow my BLOG here on this website. You can also see our updated schedule here at anytime!

If you would like to help sponsor me, just click here. But, no matter if you can help or not, I would like to stay in touch with you and let you know how my year with Up With People goes.
I want to thank you in advance for your support, thoughts, and prayers!
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