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Free to Run a Half: Team Challenge NYC

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BENEFITING: Free To Run Inc.

ORGANIZER: Free To Run Inc.

EVENT DATE: Mar 20, 2016

Farahnaz Afaq

THE STORY:

On 20 March, I will run my first street half marathon in support of Free to Run, the organisation that first got me running and that supports girls who remind me of me as a girl growing up in Afghanistan and as refugee in Iran and Pakistan. Running has always been part of my life, but not as you might imagine. When I was three, I was made to run across a border in a night-time escape from the Taliban.  At the age of six, I learned that I should keep running, in the figurative sense of the word, if I wanted to seek knowledge and obtain an education. I only learned how to run for leisure when I was in a different country, and almost 22 years old.

Today, I run because I am free.

I run because I want to show that women are powerful and capable of doing sports.

I run for those Afghan women who, 14 years since the fall of the Taliban, are not allowed to leave their house, because of tradition and conservative attitudes.

I run for Farkhunda, a 27 year old young girl, who was violently beaten by the crowd and burned on the streets of Kabul. I run for the hope of humanity I lost when I found out about Farkhunda.

I run for Rukhshana, a 19 year old young girl, who was stoned to death in Ghor province just because she wanted to live a better life.

I run to grow love and humanity in my heart.

I run in order to grow strong so I can fight off injustice.

I run for my country because I am proud of my country, and because I have hopes for a better Afghanistan, where women and girls can run as freely as I run in America.

I run to help girls like me who are still back in Afghanistan. I sincerely hope that they will not, like me, learn how to run away, but to run towards something.

My parents always told me that we are born free and we will die free. “Never let anyone discourage you to reach your dreams or force you in doing things you don’t want to do.” Unfortunately, that was not the case in most things for girls in Afghanistan. I was not able to do any kind of exercise or outdoor adventures outside my house because I am a girl. By sponsoring me, you will help Free to Run to continue providing opportunities for girls in Afghanistan who wouldn’t otherwise be able to do any sports.

I want to thank my American host family, who have always supported me. And I want to thank Free to Run for providing me such an amazing Coach, Annie, who has been training me to be a better runner. I also would like to thank you for reading this website and for supporting me.

I am aiming to raise $1500 from supporters and will work hard to reach this sum with the help of family, friends, fellow students and community members through my story and sponsored events: 5K race in my college and henna nights.

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To This Fundraiser

$1,566

MONEY RAISED
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  • Connie

    $20

  • The Friedman Family

     

  • Bruce & Dana Freyer

    $100

  • Ted Achilles

     

  • Ellen Goldey

    $50

  • The Caldwells :)

    $50

  • Anika Larsen

    $100

  • Christina and Thilo

    $25

  • The Smith Family

     

  • Debbie Clouser

     

  • Two SC Lowcountry Fans

    $250

  • Hanah and Colin

     

  • Jessalyn Wynn Story

     

  • Kathryn Taylor

     

  • Jason Mintz

    $15

  • Richard Hills

    $25

  • Margaret Carraway

    $20

  • Tom Wright

     

  • Bonnie and Paul Clouser

     

  • Sylvia Vriesendorp

    $50

  • Ramon Galinanes

     

  • Christine & Steve Hills

    $20

  • Bridget and Ben

    $25

  • Jim Neighbors

     

  • Trina Janiec Jones

     

  • Andrew Khor

    $131

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104% Raised of$1,500 Goal

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The Team: $9,414 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Wali Hairan

Amount Raised

$2,285

 

114% Raised of$2,000 Goal

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annie kalter

Amount Raised

$1,740

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Farahnaz Afaq

Amount Raised

$1,566

 

104% Raised of$1,500 Goal

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Basbibi Kakar

Amount Raised

$1,075

 

72% Raised of$1,500 Goal

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Jenni Sullivan

Amount Raised

$761

 

51% Raised of$1,500 Goal

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Tracie Ninh

Amount Raised

$745

 

50% Raised of$1,500 Goal

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Veronica Foley

Amount Raised

$581

 

39% Raised of$1,500 Goal

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Ludvig Becking

Amount Raised

$150

Donor Comments

Andrew Khor

Andrew Khor

DONATION: $131

(Friend of Ericka K!) 3 years ago

Trina Janiec Jones

Trina Janiec Jones

Tribute to Janice H. Janiec 3 years ago

Jim Neighbors

Jim Neighbors

3 years ago

Bridget and Ben

Bridget and Ben

DONATION: $25

Run Free and Wild!! 3 years ago

Christine & Steve Hills

Christine & Steve Hills

DONATION: $20

Good luck, go girl. 3 years ago

Ramon Galinanes

Ramon Galinanes

3 years ago

Sylvia Vriesendorp

Sylvia Vriesendorp

DONATION: $50

for Sirat 3 years ago

Bonnie and Paul Clouser

Bonnie and Paul Clouser

3 years ago

Tom Wright

Tom Wright

3 years ago

Margaret Carraway

Margaret Carraway

DONATION: $20

3 years ago