BENEFITING: RANDOM ACTS
EVENT DATE: Oct 13, 2013
Mileage Tracker: 846
When you click the DONATE TO THIS FUNDRAISER button on the right, you will be donating to the incredible charity, Random Acts, "a non-profit organization . . . dedicated to funding and inspiring acts of kindness around the world." For more information, please visit therandomact.org or drop me a line! You will also gain my life-long gratitude, become an inspiration which will give me strength in the 23rd (or 1st) marathon mile, and also have naming rights to any future offspring.
Greetings, friend! Welcome to my inaugural marathon fundraising page! In January, I decided to embark on a journey that would end in marathoning victory. (*Shameless plug* You can follow my adventure at Blogger or Tumblr. Guaranteed to be better than Toddlers and Tiaras! Most of the time, anyway.)
But did Pheidippides run a marathon just because he ate his Wheaties that morning? Of course no- well, he might have, but that wasn't the primary reason. He had a purpose; he was delivering a message. And since I'm pretty sure Sparta has things covered (at least, that's what 300 seemed to imply; I did miss the ending, though), I thought we could deliver a different message. And what better than to do that by "conquer[ing] the world, one random act of kindness at a time." After all, that what the Spartans did! (That is how 300 ended, right?)
Random Acts is "dedicated to funding and inspiring acts of kindness around the world." Throughout my life, and recent years in particular, random acts of kindness have been sources of inspiration, admiration, and strength. Every action, no matter how big or small you may consider it to be, can change another person's perspective, can buoy their spirits, or have resonating effects for the rest of their life. Do you remember the last time you held the door for someone? Offered a compliment or a friendly ear? Volunteered in your community? Do you remember someone doing something for you when it was not necessary? How you felt?
If you remember any such acts, they have made a definitive impression on your life. How is that? Because they were significant enough that you remembered them, and probably got that nice heart-warm-y feeling to boot. We have all experienced this, and have all touched another's life in return. I ask that you please, if you are able, click on that donate button. And I would also ask, if you could, please pledge to perform one random act of kindness by the date of the Chicago Marathon (October 13, 2013). We can have our own little "pay it forward." After all, don't we "all depend on the kindness of strangers" at some point?
Thank you, thank you, thank you!