I'm excited to be running the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon as a member of Team 25:40, raising money to support orphans and at-risk children in rural South Africa. In 2013, I participated in a field study program in Cape Town through Northeastern University's Social Entrepreneurship Institute. The field study was an amazing, eye-opening experience as my classmates and I both enjoyed the beauty of Cape Town and also learned about the poverty and violence of the area.
This year, I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to return to the NY Marathon and to partner with 25:40. My goal of $2,500 will be put towards keeping a 14-year-old girl named Ezile in 25:40's after school program. This program provides Ezile with the support she needs to have a chance to overcome the challenges of her current living situation, living with her grandmother and six other children, as well as struggling with partial deafness.
Please consider donating to help me raise the resources Ezile needs to rise above these conditions.
25:40 raises awareness and resources here in the United States to benefit orphans and at-risk children in rural South Africa, who face the devastating effects of poverty, disease, and violence every day. All funds raised by members of Team 25:40 for the 2017 TCS NYC Marathon will be used to support orphans and vulnerable children in rural South Africa who are enrolled in 25:40′s after school care programs.
25:40 offers these children a safe place to stay after school, help with homework, good nutrition, health monitoring, life skills, and advocacy all founded in the truth of the Gospel. The name comes from Matthew 25:40, which says "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
It costs $1.25 a day per child ($38/month) to run 25:40’s aftercare program, which includes teacher salaries and training, materials, and some food. 25:40 has a grant from The LunchBox Fund, which supplies most of the food for the children.
Team 25:40 is participating in the NYC Marathon to run for a great cause -- and to give these children a #fightingchance. To learn more, visit http://www.2540.org.