Julie Heinz via Crowdrise
July 11, 2012
BENEFITING: GRASSROOT SOCCER
ORGANIZER: GRASSROOT SOCCER
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
As many know I've traveled lots through developing countries where I've been exposed to issues surrounding global poverty, worked for humanitarian organizations and global advocacy campaigns, and basically have a huge passion to find ways to help people, help lift themselves, out of global poverty.
Of all the issues, HIV/AIDS is something I'm most passionate about because it's something that with the proper education, can be prevented!
Very excited to be training for the NYC 2012 marathon to help raise money for one of my favorite non-profits in the whole world, Grassroot Soccer! GRS uses the power of soccer, a sport youth around the world love, as a way to open up conversations with youth and teach them about how to protect themselves from getting HIV/AIDS.
GRS started in Zimbabwe back in 2002, and has grown to offer educational programs throughout the continent of Africa. They have educated over 500k youth ages 11-19 about HIV/AIDS (you may have seen these youth on the field at the SA FIFA world cup) and are saving lives with the work they do every, day. Power to the little people!
I'm a runner and figure if I'm going to run, it might as will be for a good cause. So I'm running the (MANY) extra mile(S) in support of GRS and the youth it educates and hope you will support both me and Grassroot Soccer in our big endeavors!!
PS - This is a picture of me with an HIV/AIDS orphan in Ethiopia
GRASSROOT SOCCER wrote -
This is our 4th consecutive year as an official charity partner of the ING NYC Marathon! We are honored to be a part of this great race and have so many wonderful athletes joining us to fight HIV and AIDS!
Our NYC Marathon Teams have raise over $1/2 million to provide HIV and AIDS education, testing a treatment to thousands of young people. Now Grassroot Soccer is moving forward with the official goal of reaching 1 million youth educated and empowered by World Cup 2014.
Our Marathon runners are key to helping us reach the 1 million by 2014 goal! With every step, every training run, every contribution they secure we are getting closer to an HIV-free generation!
Help save lives by joining the Marathon Team or contributing to your favorite runner!! Click on the Donate Button of this page to support the Team, or click on "Join the Team" to help raise funds. Donations can also be made offline by mailing a personal check to Grassroot Soccer at PO Box 712 Norwich, VT 05055. All offline donations will be added to the online page of the honoree to reflect the full total.
Check out www.GrassrootSoccer.org and our You Tube channel to learn more: http://www.youtube.com/user/grassrootsoccer