A new addition to SWCTA is freshman fashion design student Ranae Apo. Her family founded The Monica Mapile Foundation (TMMF) in honor of her cousin, Monica Mapile, who was involved in a fatal car accident.
The foundation’s mission is to raise awareness of seat belt safety while driving, in order to reduce the number of injuries and deaths caused by automobile collisions. They chose to target teenage drivers based on the current statistics they researched and have made available on their website.
“Our family wanted to do something to show others how important it is to always wear your seat belt, and that’s exactly why we all decided to start this foundation. I contribute to the foundation by spreading the word and encouraging anyone and everyone to wear their seat belts,” says Apo.
The Monica Mapile Foundation shares the story of Monica Mapile’s death at high schools across the Clark County District to raise awareness of their campaign.
“My family also attends any safe driving and/or seat belt awareness events they can. Because of everything they’ve done, I believe my family is making a huge difference in the world, since they’re trying their best to save lives every day. We also raise awareness for autism as well, since that’s what Mapile did in order to support her little brother,” comments Apo.
Due to her tragic loss, Apo has been dedicated to raise awareness and encourage others to wear their seat belts. Apo also helps raise awareness for autism.