Thru my running I have been fortunate to inspire others to get up on their feet and improve their lives either thru running or some other form of exercise. This will always be a gratifying experience for me.
However there are always more people that need help in other ways. Compassion has been lost in so many parts of the world and so many just need a hand or some direction. That is why my other goal with this site is to raise awareness to some charities that I plan to work with in some shape or form. Check back often as this will change from time to time and the opportunity for you to help may present itself here as well!
She’s The First
I recently came across She’s The First as one of the charities that was available on the app Charity Miles (to learn more about Charity Miles, read my post about it here). Now this is a cause that I am fully funding myself thru running and using the Charity Miles app. The objective of She’s The First is to encourage girls around the work to attend college. Many girls do not have that opportunity around the world. In this time of gender equality, I think this is a great organization to support and one that will continue to make some money as I pound out miles running with the Charity Miles app!
Team For Kids
In Preparing for the United NYC Half, I have had the pleasure of meeting a lot of other runners thanks to a Facebook group that we have made up of runners in the race. One of them, Erika M, is running to raise money for the New York Road Runners Team For Kids (TFK) .Runners who run for TFK do so to build a happier and healthier future for youth nationwide. TFK makes it possible for children across the country to experience the joys of running and fitness! You can help my friend Erika with a donation on her page here.
My Smile Train
Also a member of our United NYC Half FB community, Julie manages the marathon program for Smile Train, an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Millions of children in developing countries with untreated clefts live in isolation, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing, hearing, and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Our sustainable model provides training, funding, and resources to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities. Julie’s team has 5 members running the marathon who are raising money for this wonderful charity. Add your help to the runners that haven’t met their fundraising goal yet by following this link.