Ashley and husband, Remington Brack
Every new year inevitably brings change. For newlywed Ashley Brack, this year’s change will be greater than most. Having married her husband just a few months ago in December 2015, Brack is now set to travel halfway around the world to live with him in Germany. One thing that won’t change, however, is her support for Vaccine Ambassadors.
Brack a senior operations coordinator for Supplemental Health Care, has been donating to Vaccine Ambassadors for about a year now, ever since making the generous choice to schedule fortnightly deductions from her payroll. The cause means a great deal to her.
“It’s completely tragic that lots of children die every year, every day, of diseases that are completely preventable and affordably preventable,” Brack commented. “It’s something that, with very little money, I’m able to have a huge impact on. That was the biggest draw.”
Her employer, Supplemental Health Care, has built a strong partnership with Vaccine Ambassadors and has made some very generous contributions. Commendably, individual employees like Brack have taken advantage of the partnership by initiating regular payroll withholdings through Human Resources. With no pre-existing structure in place for such donations, the employees themselves had to make it happen.
“I always have the best intentions when it comes to donations…but I live a very busy life,” Brack said, regarding her motivation to schedule regular donations. “Having something put in front of me that was easy to obtain…it gave me that little push to make it happen – to really put actions to my good intentions.”
The choice came quite naturally to Brack and once the withholding schedule was established, she could relax in the knowledge that Vaccine Ambassadors would receive her support every few weeks regardless of how busy her schedule was. “It was something that was easy for me,” she said. “Out of sight, out of mind!”
Brack has been an active supporter of Vaccine Ambassadors in other ways, too. Until her recent plans to relocate to Europe, she volunteered with Vaccine Ambassador Champions, a committee dedicated to fundraising and brainstorming new ideas for the organization. She endorses both the mission of Vaccine Ambassadors and how the organization itself is run. “As a company, Vaccine Ambassadors is very transparent,” Brack, said. “[Your donation] all goes to what you’re putting it for.”
Furthermore, Brack remarked, “The partnership with Supplemental Health Care and other companies hopefully will give them that visibility nationwide. [Hopefully] they can impact as many lives as possible and save as many lives as possible.”
Bret Boyle and daughter Lucy
Fellow employee Brent Boyle followed suit when he learned about the partnership between Supplemental Health Care and Vaccine Ambassadors. For about half a year now, Boyle – a husband and father – has opted to have similarly reoccurring payroll deductions sent to Vaccine Ambassadors. He credits his daughter as his main source of motivation.
“I have a 2 year old daughter,” Boyle said. “I see stories [about diseases in the news] that bother me a lot more than before I became a parent. I used to be able to shrug the stories off – they didn’t bother me – but now that I have a baby, I think about stuff like that a lot more. I always try to think, what if that were happening to me, to my baby.”
Though Boyle ensures that his daughter receives all her vaccines, he worries about the children who will go unvaccinated. He hopes his donations to Vaccine Ambassadors will help provide necessarily vaccinations to some of those children worldwide: “I would like for anybody that can’t afford it, or doesn’t have the means to be vaccinated – I think that’s something they should have access to.” (more…)