BENEFITING: ROSE HAVEN CIC
I would like you to know beginning May 1st I am going to begin to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). For the people who have never heard of it, it’s a trail that runs from the boarder of Mexico and California to the boarder of Washington and BC Canada. I am not planning to hike the whole trail, which is 2668.8 miles, but plan to hike from the Mexican boarder, through the state of California to Ashland Oregon, approximately 1726.8 miles. I will be hiking for roughly 3 ½ months, and I mean roughly. Just my backback, tent, sleeping bag, camping gear, food and water. My intention is to hike solo but know that i will be meeting other hikes along the trail.
I know, even without asking, that you will be thinking about me during my hike and sending all your good thoughts and intention my way. I thank you for that and want you to know that it is significantly helpful and greatly appreciated. And I am going to ask you to do one other small and at the same time very significant thing for me.
I am involved in a small way with an organization call Rose Haven that provides services to mothers, grandmothers, daughters, and children who come to Rose Haven experiencing abuse, homelessness, hunger and other disruptive life challenges. Please visit their web site at rosehaven.com to learn more about this wonderful organization.
What I am asking you to do is two fold: first I am asking you to donate $10 to Rose Haven. secondly I am need you to talk to all your friends on Facebook and elsewhere and ask them to do the same thing (donate $10 and talk to all their friends to do the same). Although this might sound over optimistic and maybe a little absurd to some but I believe "TOGETHER" we can raise one million dollars. I see it like this:we have already raised one million dollars it only appears we have not because it is not all located in one place; it is been held at different locations by 100,000 of our friends. I am calling it the fundraiser for P.E.A.C.E. When the Power of Enthusiastic, Active, Compassionate, Engagement (PEACE) manafests, people will send in the $10 they have been saving for this very purpose and the one million dollars will all be in one location where it can do the most good and once again love will leave its mark on the world. P.E.A.C.E.
A short story, my friends that know me well know i love stories. I think this story is relevant to this request.
When I went back to school several years ago while taking a sociology class I learned about a social phenomenon that applies here. When there is a situation that requires someone’s help and there are lots of people around, no one takes action and lends a hand. The reasoning behind this behavior, or lack of action, is the thought that with so many other people around “I don’t need to do anything because someone else will.” My professor had some good advice. He told us that if we were ever in a situation that we needed someone to help and there were lots of people around not to cry out to the group for help but to point at one person and tell them "you please help me." The chances of that person helping are far greater then just yelling for help. So if you will, please imagine for a second that I and standing in front of you and pointing my finger at you and asking “you please help me”, there is no else around.
PEACE and thank you from me and all the beautiful women and children you will be helping.