AT Charity Hike 2016

Organized by: Deb Brzozowski

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July 31, 2016

Hey Everyone! Today I had the experience to talk with other hikers about a few of the different causes being hiked for. During my time on the See More

EVENT DATE May 22, 2016

THE STORY:

Hey Folks! My name is Deb and I will be starting a long distance hike along one of the most famous hiking trails in America, the 2,189 mile Appalachian Trail! I've been reading up and preparing like crazy for my start this May. I will be experiencing beautiful sights and sounds, but there will also be challenging times.  In the past, I have found success in motivating myself when there is a charitable cause involved. With that in mind, I hope to have a two birds, one stone situation.

Goal 1: Stay motivated through difficult situations to reach the end of the trail.

Goal 2: Raise money for two charities (details below), matching a quarter of the cost of hiking. That means raising a goal of $1000 +.

The charities I have chosen to donate to both have connections with the challenges I will be facing along the trail, nutritious food and proper footwear.

Hiking 2,000 miles means a lot of wear on shoes, most likely destroying 2-3 pairs in the course of 6 months.Hiking also means a big focus on food- where to get it, how much it costs, what calories and nutrition it will provide as I challenge physical limits.

The first charity is Feed My Starving Children (fmsc.org). This non-profit is a food distributing charity. I had the opportunity to volunteer with them while in college and was impressed at their efficiency and impact. Each meal they pack and ship averages a cost of only $0.22.They distribute meals to 70 different countries, providing nutrition and vitamins for malnourished areas. They depend on donations and volunteer work to accomplish this.

The second charity is The Shoe that Grows (theshoethatgrows.org). This company addresses the common issue in impoverished countries of finding and maintaining proper footwear. Kids and adults often wear ill fitting shoes or go barefoot, both practices leading to a variety of foot problems. Each shoe is fully adjustable and lasts 5 years, "growing" and the individual's foot grows. With the goal of raising $1000, each charity would receive $500 toward their cause. That equates to approximately 2000 meals and 33 pairs of shoes sent to people in need around the world. Wow!

You are welcome to contribute in any way you feel led, whether a one time amount, or a pledge to donate a certain amount per mile I hike.

$0.01 per mile = $21.89 

$0.02 per mile = $43.78

$0.05 per mile = $109.45

Even $1 donation would equal FOUR meals for a hungry individual! 

Help me reach both the goal of finishing the trail successfully and raising money for these charities. Together we can make an positive impact!

$355

 

36% Raised of$1,000 Goal

1,420

Meals
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  • Mom and Dad

    $100

  • Kate and Eric

     

  • Aunt Victoria

    $50

  • Sean Fagan

    $50

  • Gina

    $50

  • Lila Hicks

    $25

  • Amanda

    $30

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Organized by

Deb Brzozowski

This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.

Donor Comments

Amanda

Amanda

DONATION: $30

So do you remember the time we went and got tattoos together? Yeah, probably not, wasn't a big deal. Anyways, you let me borrow $20 for the tip and I never paid you back! So here you go! Enjoy the rest of your journey! <3 2 years ago

Lila Hicks

Lila Hicks

DONATION: $25

Your heart is so big! 3 years ago

Gina

Gina

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Sean Fagan

Sean Fagan

DONATION: $50

Deb, it sounds like some great causes and a wonderful and exciting challenge. Safe travels and enjoy from a former college roommate of your dad's and friend to your parents! 3 years ago

Aunt Victoria

Aunt Victoria

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Kate and Eric

Kate and Eric

3 years ago

Mom and Dad

Mom and Dad

DONATION: $100

Happy Trails! 3 years ago

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