Thanks for visiting my page! I'm so excited (and nervous!) about my first marathon in NYC.
New York has been my home for the last seven years and living three blocks away from Central Park, it's where I've truly become a runner. Growing up in England I really wasn't into "Sports Day" and definitely cried my way out of it a few times but after moving here in 2008 I did a few smaller races and led up to two half marathons and this year, I decided to enter the full marathon! (Thanks to all my amazing and encouraging runner friends!)
I also wanted to run for a charity that was meaningful to me and after a lot of thought, I chose Lend-A-Hand-India. LAHI is a non-profit providing vocational training, career counseling and financing to people in rural communities and helping impoverished youth in India. The organization is run entirely by volunteers: 85% of funds raised go directly to projects in India and has launched multi-skilled vocational training programs in over 50 schools helping over 8,000 youth create sustainable change in their lives and their communities. LAHI's goal is to cover 20,000 youth by opening over 100 vocational training centers in high schools across India.
In prior trips, to visit family, I always ended up visiting schools and villages in rural parts of Gujarat and Bombay. I have seen how impoverished these communities are and how much education means to them... especially for girls. India has one of the lowest levels of female employment among emerging economies with only 27% of women age 15 and older participating in the workforce in 2013. In many parts of the country girls lack access to education since many have to help out with the household work, get married early and take care of their siblings instead of going to school. I can't wait to see their programs and visit one of the LAHI schools soon. I hope you can help this great cause and donate as much or as little as you can :)
Thanks so much for your support! I'm expecting all the NYC folks to be out there on race day...going to need a lot of luck for this run!