BENEFITING: Clearwater Initiative
EVENT DATE: Jun 03, 2012
**Update: I completed the Half-Iron Man in 7 hours, and without walking. Thank you to everyone for their support, and it is not too late to donate if you haven't yet. It is for a great cause, and everything helps!!**
I am currently training for my second Half-Iron Man race. A Half-Iron Man consists of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride, and a 13.1 mile run. In addition to completing the race as my own personal goal, this year I am raising money for a great cause. I am asking people to consider donating to the ClearWater Initiative to support me as I complete this race.
ClearWater Iniative is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that facilitates access to clean, potable water solutions in northern Uganda and educates the public in the US and abroad about the importance of clean water. ClearWater was found in 2007 by my life-long neighbor and family friend Benjamin Sklaver. Ben was a humanitarian who volunteered to serve his country in the Army Reserves. He was stationed in Uganda to help rebuild community infrastructure - including clean water sources - following Uganda's civil war. During his deployment in Uganda, he worked to improve access to safe water, and upon his return to the U.S. he founded ClearWater to continue that work.
In 2009, Ben was redeployed to Afghanistan where he worked in a civil affairs unit, building and sustaining local leadership and building basic infrastructure such as water points and schools – similar to the work he had done in Uganda. On October 2, 2009, he was killed by a suicide bomber while on foot patrol in the Afghan village of Murcheh, located in Kandahar province in southwestern Afghanistan. Ben was an amazing young man, who was outgoing, kind, and caring, and I have great memories of growing up with him.
Since Ben’s death, ClearWater has worked to fulfill his vision of compassion and hope for those whose lives are challenged by strife and uncertainty. Their goal has remained the same: to bring water and, ultimately, health and opportunity to those far less fortunate than we are, and in doing this, ClearWater has facilitated access to clean water for over 13,000 people. ClearWater Initiative is now a full-time operation with staff in the US and Uganda. For its 5th anniversary year, ClearWater will implement at least 20 projects in hard-to-reach areas of northern Uganda.
I am asking you to please consider donating to the ClearWater Initiative in Ben’s honor and to help motivate me during my race. Please give what you feel comfortable donating. I have made my goal $3,000. This would be enough for ClearWater's staff to do a varity of much needed projects like borehole repairs or protecting a spring.
Also, if you would like to set up an incentive driven donation based on how many minutes I beat my time from last year - please contact me. Hopefully you won't be donating negative dollars! Likewise, I always can use support during the run portion of the race. And so, I welcome anyone to run with me (8 minute pace usually) for as long as you can go. I will donate $20 for every mile I have a running partner.
Thank you in advance for your support! You can donate through the Crowdrise site with a credit card, but if you feel more comfortable donating in another form, please contact me.
For more information on the ClearWater Initiative you can view their website (http://www.clearwaterinitiative.org/index.php)
For more information on my race you can get all the information you could ever want on their website (http://rev3tri.com/quassy/quassy-news/)
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org