BENEFITING: DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS USA INC
EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015
Two months ago, I planned to fundraise for the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (see below), but with the news and pictures of the refugee crisis dominating the news, my Twitter feed, and my mind, I've decided to fundraise for both causes.
Maybe it's because Hungary is familiar--my memories of making a home and friends with people from every corner of the world as well as my memories of Hungary's less than hospitable and tolerant side. I can't bear the stories of refugees trapped in train stations, fenced in by riot police, and walking to Germany. I'm so upset that I'd like to do everything at once. I'd like to scream, but that's not going to help. I'd like to open up our spare room, but the refugees would have to get here first. So I'm fundraising for Doctor's Without Borders.
If you'd prefer to donate to another humanitarian organization, please do! Here's a short list of organizations helping refugees. Read more on CERF below and please consider donating to both causes.
I won the lottery! And now I'm looking to give back.
Not exactly...I entered the lottery to run the 40th Marine Corps Marathon, and I was selected. With roughly 30,000 runners, the Marine Corps Marathon or "The People's Marathon" is the fourth largest marathon in the United States and the ninth largest in the world. Come October 25 I'll be racing through my backyard, through Georgetown, up and back down Rock Creek Park, around the National Mall, just in front of the Capitol, before finishing at Arlington National Cemetery.
Over the summer I'll be logging roughly 150 miles per month, and I'd like to be raising that same amount ($750 total) for the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). CERF is the United Nation's standing reserve for humanitarian response--both natural disaster and man-made conflict. CERF makes money available when it is needed most--at the beginning of a crisis and after a disaster fades from the headlines.
As of June 2015, the United Nations is coordinating responses to 37 humanitarian disasters, affecting nearly 80 million people. To meet these needs, the United Nations and other aid organizations have requested $18.8 billion and received only $4.8 billion.. I'd like to help. Please help me raise the much needed funds to help others provide food assistance in Guatemala, polio vaccinations in Iraq, emergency telecom systems in South Sudan, and blankets in Vanuatu.
Please check here and my Twitter feed regularly because I'll be posting updates from my training and news about the crisis.