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Young Philanthropists Organize Virtual Fundraiser to Support Local Health Care

For Immediate Release: September 4, 2020

Jyothikaa Raman, Meghana Nuthi, and Apara Sai Jella are an inspiring trio. The three high-schoolers, who did not know each other until recently, are hosting a Virtual Fitness Challenge titled “Stay Apart. Fit Together” to raise money for their local hospital.

Meghana, Apara, and Jyothikaa are all members of ValleyCare Charitable Foundation’s (VCCF) Young Philanthropists team. The team was formed earlier this year, when VCCF recognized the Tri-Valley’s young people as a growing philanthropic force. “A surprising number of young community members – under the age of 18 – were contacting us, wanting to give whatever they could to support our Hospital’s Healthcare Heroes,” said Shaké Sulikyan, VCCF President. “It only made sense to unite them as a team, so they can pool their efforts for the benefit of their community.”

The Young Philanthropists hope their Virtual Fitness Challenge will bring people together and raise funds that will support Pleasanton’s nonprofit, community hospital Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare. The challenge is to virtually walk, run, cycle, hike, swim (or any other physical activity you can come up with) from the Golden Gate Bridge to Yosemite National Park. Registration is open from September 1 through September 15. Once participants register, they have 30 days to clock as many miles as they can, while their friends and family members cheer them on by donating to the cause. As the miles add up, the participants will receive e-postcards to celebrate their progress.

“By hosting the VCCF Virtual Fitness Challenge, I hope to not only bring new opportunities for our community to grow but also create a newfound cohesiveness and hope as we hold on during these unprecedented times,” said Jyothikaa. “Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare truly has proven that they embody the willpower, motivation, and hope that will help our community through this pandemic. Along with this amazing hospital and organization, I know we’ll bring our community joy, hope, and new memories as we ‘Stay Apart and Fit Together’!”

Meghana added, “During this pandemic, it’s really hard to go to gyms and exercise with friends, but a lot of us have come up with really creative ways to stay healthy and fit. I thought hosting a fitness challenge would be a great way to motivate people and connect with each other, while also helping the community. I had so much fun planning this event with VCCF. I can’t wait for all the amazing things we’ll do next!”

Everyone is invited to participate in VCCF’s first-ever Virtual Fitness Challenge. To register, go to Participants are given the opportunity to create their own fundraising page to share on social media, and they will also receive a bib and a finisher’s t-shirt. If you prefer not to participate, show your community spirit by encouraging others with your donation at . ValleyCare Charitable Foundation (VCCF) is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the health and betterment of the Tri-Valley through the ongoing funding of our local Hospital, Stanford Health Care ValleyCare (SHC – VC), and its innovative medical programs. Forward-thinking and community-driven, VCCF helps ensure that patients and loved ones have world-class medical care and lifesaving services and technology close to home both in times of crisis and in routine times. To learn more about VCCF and the impact of donations at SHC – VC, visit or call 925-373-4560.


Contact Information:
Shaké Sulikyan, President
Phone: (925) 373-4560