When I lived in Angola, I personally witnessed the good work being done by the HALO trust--removing the land mines that continue to devastate the countryside long after the end of its civil war, decommissioning arms and explosives that pose a danger to human life, and, unlike so many other charities, partnering effectively with local communities. The staff of the HALO trust are serious professionals, many working under extreme conditions, truly demonstrating the heroism that donors often expect from charity groups.
Even without this focal event--running the Marine Corps Marathon--I would encourage anyone serious about charity to support the HALO trust. I am a skeptic of charity runs, and I will not make a hard sell to any of my friends or family to donate. That is your choice. I really believe in this charity, and am appreciative for the chance to run the race under their banner, so if you do choose to donate, I will personally match your donation.
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