BENEFITING: Good Neighbors USA
ORGANIZER: Good Neighbors USA
EVENT: 2014 ASICS LA Marathon
EVENT DATE: Mar 09, 2014
Two years ago, I ate donuts and laughed as marathon runners ran past my window. Last year, my good friend ran the marathon, and again I laughed, meeting her at the finish line and thinking those runners were crazy!
However, a few months ago, I noticed that a charity I really like, Good Neighbors, had come onboard as a charity you could run for. Good Neighbors believes that education is the key to lifting a community out of poverty, so every project they focus on is based on a child's access to education.
I decided I wanted to support Good Neighbors, but also while pushing myself to do something difficult, and so in one week, I'm running the LA Marathon - my first one!
I am running to raise money for a specific project called Project Cookstoves, which takes place in Guatemala. Did you know that over 3 billion people around the world cook, eat, sleep and work around their indoor fires and old cookstoves every day? The toxic exhaust leads to more than 2 million premature deaths annually, and is the 4th worst health risk factor in developing countries. Not only that, but women and children have to spend all day collecting wood, meaning children are not going to school.
As someone who grew up with a father who was a reading specialist and elementary teacher and a mother who was involved with my school, I can't imagine not having access to an education. I know how fortunate I am to have the opportunities I have, and while many things factor into my accomplishments, education is definitely at the top. Just as my parents ensured that I received an education, I want to ensure other children around the world have the opportunity to go to school. Education leads to so much: social interactions, more culture, less poverty, healthier living, less violence, and more.
Through donations, Good Neighbors builds new energy-efficient cookstoves throughout Guatemala that are made out of bricks and cinderblock, and have a magical invention called a chimney! They also use less firewood, so women and children won't have to spend all day collecting wood. YOU can help by making a donation as small as $5 or as large as you want.
THANK YOU so much for reading this long message and for your support! Please wish me luck as I continue training over the next few weeks - and please send lots of positive vibes my way on March 9th, as you eat your donuts and laugh at me ;)