GREENSBURG — To join and finish the Race of her life, Christina Bautista needs to raise roughly $8,000 between now and March 1, 2015.
The 24-year-old Greensburg Community High School (GCHS) graduate (class of 2008) has set her sights on an 11-month, four-continent odyssey around the globe known as the World Race.
Despite what its title suggests, the World Race isn’t a competition. Organized and staged by Atlanta-based Adventure in Missions, the World Race is a faith-based humanitarian mission trip that aims to improve the lives of poor and underprivileged human beings in some of the world’s most impoverished communities and locales.
To date, with the help of friends and family, Christina has raised about $8,000 – enough to guarantee three months with the World Race; she’ll need another $3,000 by Dec. 1, to secure a six-month spot.
After graduating GCHS, Christina entered Ball State in the fall of 2008, majoring in Speech pathology and audiology. She finished in 2012, graduating Suma Cum Laude, and entered South Florida University later that year to earn a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She’ll finish that degree in August and be ready to enter the job world, where a career in speech pathology awaits.
First though, she’s determined to both see the world and effect positive change in the lives of others – the two of which, she said, are her greatest passions. In September, fresh from her march through the commencement line, she’ll leave with a group of roughly 45 like-minded 21-to-35-year-olds for World Race.
In a worst-case scenario, she’ll return home three months later – or six months later if she reaches her Dec. 1 deadline of $11,000, but not the final $16,000 number by March 1, 2015.
It’s obvious, though, that Christina isn’t considering the ‘what-ifs.’ “I hope to have ALL the money I need raised before I leave in September,” she said. “That way, I won’t have to worry about fundraising while I’m in the field.”