Bolder Boulder 10k Run for Girls Development Initiative
Organized by: Rebekah Shufelt
Rebekah Shufelt via Crowdrise
May 28, 2015
EVENT DATE May 25, 2015
On Memorial Day, May 25th, I am running my first 10k - the 2015 Bolder Boulder! I will start with 50,000 runners at 5.275 ft above sea level and crescend to 5,371 ft. before eventually crossing the finish line in University of Boulder Stadium. Billed America's Favorite 10k, I decided I might as well have fun for my first one. And this year is also going to be my year to let my momentum build and carry me further than ever before.
As I am challenging myself it only seems right to fundraise for a cause I support and am passionate about. So I am dedicating this run to benefit my friend Precious Simba, founder and president of Girls Development Initiative (GDI) organization in Zimbabwe. If Precious is proof that one person, one step at a time, can change the world for countless kids, the least I can do is run 6.2 miles with some hills thrown in for good measure!
Girls Development Initiative is an organization that helps young women unlock their potential for the good of their communities and their country. Precious was awakened to the needs of higher education and mentorship after she attended the FORTUNE/ US State Department Mentorship Program in 2011. She was so moved by the experience that soon after she returned home, she changed her career path from the corporate world to fostering the educational and professional success of young women in her country.
For her efforts, Precious was named the 2012 Goldman Sachs & Fortune Global Women Leader which is awarded to the most stand-out alumni of the mentorship program who have taken their experience in the U.S. and leverage it to benefit their home countries
In the first year, GDI reached over 2000 students and assisted high potential girls from disadvantaged backgrounds to stay in school. While a young girl in Zimbabwe has a 91% chance of getting into primary school, she only has a 39% chance of progressing to secondary school. The Girls Development Initiative serves to turn that 39 percent into 100 percent by showcasing how education can provide brighter futures for these women.
The organization is also a preventative initiative; by staying in school they are helping young people to break the cycle of poverty, despondency and ill-health. Some of the initiatives that GDI supports include Future Self mentoring program (a program I am most passionate about :), YouTalk, Mentoring clubs and School fees/supplies.
With the Future Self program they are reaching 250-300 students a week, 1200 students a month on a US$500/mo budget. The mentoring club runs on a US$8000 annual budget (this is for 6 clubs at six schools training 100+ girls for an entire school calender year). And school fees are averaging now US$80 per student per term which is US$240 per student per year.
Precious's vision for the future of girls is that they achieve even more success than her. “I am living proof that there is always something that YOU can do. ”
And my greatest hope is that one donation at a time we can help one amazing organization put a small dent on a destiny of poverty for these girls.