Giorgos Kassakos, @Greek_QB an awesome friend of Ark of Hope for Children, is running in the 2012 Athens Classic Marathon on November 11, 2012. He will carry Ark of Hope for Children's logo on his shirt in support of abused children worldwide. Of the run Giorgos said running and finishing the race will not be enough for him, and then added;
"I wanted to help other people, raise awareness and provide financial support for people that need it more than anyone. Is there anyone that needs our help more than the abused children of this world? So, I decided to contact the Ark of Hope for Children."
Will you join me in "sponsoring" Giorgios in this run by supporting child abuse victims helped by Ark of Hope for Children? Their personal struggle towards freedom from the emotional torment in their minds is truly a lifelong marathon. They teach me endurance by their willingness to trust us as we encourage them to hang on and keep fighting.
Your support will mean so much to them and to us. Ark of Hope for Children has just taken a bold step and opened our very own nonprofit international live chat support site directly for child abuse victims male and female, young and old. The new site Removing Chains with over a dozen live chat support rooms has just opened and is far from complete. Your funds will help us reach thousands more worldwide.
Please partner with me by donating, sharing or even starting a fund raising Team of your own during Giorgios run! Giorgos full commentary on his November 11, 2012 running of the Athens Classic Marathon is below.
Executive Director, Ark of Hope for Children.org
Survivors Coach, RemovingChains.org
Giorgos Kassakos wrote -
Running a marathon has been an ambition of mine since my first serious training run. My love for running and the will to conquer what seems impossible were the main reason why marathon races looked so challenging, so intriguing to me. However, never before I accepted that challenge.
That was until some months ago. That was when the concept of finishing a marathon race became a symbol of change. And that's because life itself is a marathon.
We all have faced failures in our life. We all have made mistakes that we need to leave behind us. The real meaning is to give our best and move from the past, trying to become better in the process.
Life is not a stale thing, it's not static; it's a journey. The world is in constant motion and we are too. But we are not meant to be followers on this journey. We are meant to be leaders and we do that by embracing change.
So, I decided to register to the 2012 Athens Classic Marathon and take myself to the finish line. For me, that's a sense of change. It's not a race, it's a lifetime experience. Doing something i've never done before, expanding my limits and accomplishing a very important goal.
But that wasn't enough. I wanted to help other people, raise awareness and provide financial support for people that need it more than anyone. Is there anyone that needs our help more than the abused children of this world? So, I decided to contact the Ark of Hope for Children.
The Ark of Hope Children provides emotional care, mobilizes advocates and brings awareness for victims of child abuse, child sex trafficking and bullying (peer abuse). Ark of Hope focuses on care, habilitation and life transformation to help victims become empowered survivors.
Ark of Hope will "Break the chains of past abuse and lead victimized children and youth into lives filled with faith, hope and love."
I am very happy to be running with the Ark of Hope in the Athens Classic Marathon. Join us and if you feel our aim is your aim too, please make a donation to my Crowdrise page here.
The Athens Classic Marathon is on 11/11/2012. Run with us!