James Kelly wrote -
Since January 1st I have run over 1,000 kilometers in training for my one and only ultra marathon - Comrades 2017, an 88km (55 mile) race from Durban to Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. For this stupidity I'm hoping you might want to contribute some money to two phenomenal causes, Self Help Africa's (SHA) work across 10 African countries as well as a literacy center in Haiti, both of which I have a strong connection with.
I am paying for this whole trip by myself so every donation made goes directly to both organizations, here is how your donation can help:
$100 - will help SHA provide a loan to a rural entrepreneur to start or expand a micro business.
$75 - will help SHA mentor a small agri-business for one month
$50 - can pay for financial literacy training for one group of rural savers
$25 - can meet the costs of training five farmers to improve their productivity
$1,000 - will help me get through the toughest part of this uphill race. I will also bring you out for dinner in NYC, that is a promise!
I didn't put this fundraising page up before now as there was a high risk of injury but with two weeks to go I am in good shape and hoping to get through the race in under 11 hours ( secretly hoping for under 10 - one can always dream). Thank you so much for any donation you can make and I will keep you updated on how it all goes, James.