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Tri-Sigma's National Philanthropy is "Sigma Serves Children." Through Robbie Page Memorial, Tri-Sigma's have served a countless number of children through the years.
Below is a story taken from The Path From Farmville, it explains why Sigma's have made it our mission to serve children.
On September 15, 1951, Robbie Page died of bulbar polio in Children's Hospital at Boston. The son of Robertson and Mary Hastings Holloway Page, Robbie was an eager little boy with blonde hair and large blue eyes. He had often expressed the wish to help other children. Once he had said, "I want to have all my birthdays right now so I can grow up and help people."
His tragic death - at a time when there was no cure or preventative for polio - prompted Rob and Hastings to establish a memorial fund for polio research. While plans were being formulated for such a fund, Tri Sigma's who knew Hastings as their national president asked what they could do. The result was a spontaneous movement, shared jointly by a great many people, which gradually came into shape over the next few weeks. Thus, the Robbie Page Memorial was launched.
Because of Robbie, an important and lasting contribution has been made to children everywhere. Because of Robbie, our Sorority's philanthropy has become more than Tri Sigma's own; it is everyone's.
Sigma's serve children through RPM. Pioneering programming emphasizing play therapy for hospitalized children have helped to bring a broader understanding of this specialized field to lay people as well as professionals. Sigma's can take satisfaction in knowing that their efforts have helped people realize the value of recreational therapy for hospitalized children. Sigma's can find their reward in knowing that their efforts make children smile
Nationally Tri-Sigma funds two play therapy rooms for ill children, one in Dallas, Texas, and the other in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Each chapter supports these rooms as well as other causes for children. Alpha Alpha is fortunate enough to visit the play therapy room in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It is quite a humbling experience to go visit the children you serve, and play with them and make their day a little brighter.
When we made our annual trip to Chapel Hill, we met a very special little girl named Abby Wright. Click on the link to her web page to learn about one of the many children that Sigma Serves.