It has been said:
"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up, you'd better be running."
It doesn't matter if you are a gazelle that likes to run or if you would rather be chillin under a tree, sippin a cup of coffee and chatting with your friends, everyone needs the motivation to get up and move.
Several months ago I decided to do it, to run, I mean really run. 13.1 miles in fact, a half marathon. Now it might be fitting to tell you that I hate to run. I'm too big, my knees are too bad, and lets be honest, its just plain gross to see sweat dripping off what is usually a glorious beard, but I was motivated. It wasn't to get ready for swimsuit season or impress JamieTheVWM when I step out of the shower, it was to help kids a world away, in Africa.
There are kids in the Abaya region of Ethiopia that spend their lives hunting for water. They walk miles to and from water sources often filthy and disease ridden, if they even exist. These kids miss out on school, they fall ill, and they are often captured and enslaved in forced labor and sex work.
I could possibly jump on a plane and do something. But first I would need a bunch of money for plane tickets and living expenses. Learning the language and culture would take some time. I would have to develop relationships with contractors and government officials to get my projects shovel ready. I'm sure that many villages would be skeptical of my intentions so I better spend some time getting to know them. Oh, and I would also need a lot more money to fund the projects.
I could partner with an organization that is doing all of that. An organization that is well known and well respected working in the emerging world. An organization that has a proven track record of working with nationals to fund projects that matter to the people in need not just the donors back home. An organization that is in it for the long haul, not just because the cause is popular. An organization like:
So that is what I am doing.
I am running a half marathon to help raise funds for water projects in Ethiopia so that these kids will be free of disease, have the opportunity for an education which is the way out of poverty, and be safe from people that would prey on them as the retrieve the most basic of human needs.
I am running for life!
If you believe in this, and me, you can donate to the cause. Every $50 helps to supply one child with clean drinking water for LIFE! Its amazing to think that for the price of a family trip to the movies WITHOUT popcorn and soda you can change the course of someones life and give them a future.
I will be live tweeting my race! Follow my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds to see how it all works out. But don't forget to help out by donating! Every dollar you give will help keep me running!