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Kat's Marathon Challenge for Lend-A-Hand-India!!

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BENEFITING: LEND-A-HAND INDIA INC

EVENT: 2015 TCS New York City Marathon

EVENT DATE: Nov 01, 2015

Kat Desai

THE STORY:

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!

Kat

$3,745

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $101

  • Parag

    $51

  • Christina Thuli (Factory Sister for LIFE :))

    $50

  • Zack & Geeta

    $200

  • James and Suzy

    $100

  • Tom Holtan

    $30

  • Alec Baldwin

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Moose

    $50

  • Soham and Carlton

    $50

  • Hawkins Family

    $20

  • Fred Springer

    $100

  • Andy Katsanos

    $50

  • Lily Luo

    $30

  • Michelle

    $50

  • Jenna

    $25

  • John Monaghan

    $50

  • Dolores Powlett

    $50

  • Margaret Feeney

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Giarna TeKanawa

    $100

  • Ashley Fieber

    $50

  • Luce

    $30

  • Angela Reilly

     

  • Phillip Ferrigon

    $25

  • Adam and Karen

    $50

  • Ben Winchel

    $50

  • G-Lover

    $25

  • Jemini

    $50

  • Archie

    $25

  • LIz Styles

    $20

  • Deeps

    $40

  • rupa n.

    $50

  • Punit & Krish

    $20

  • Ariela and Andrew Zizmor

    $25

  • Liz

    $15

  • Azi Baer

    $20

  • Janet and Susan

    $50

  • Thuli family

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $190

  • Amita & Tony Bhalla

    $100

  • Viv and Nani

    $120

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Jai Desai

    $40

  • Marie Mechaluk

    $25

  • Monica

     

  • Carola Warren

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Pete Greene, retired runner.

    $100

  • Gayatri Desai

    $40

  • Stace & Ian

    $30

  • Naeha

    $15

  • Panna and Keval

    $127

  • Oliver & Bhakti

    $50

  • Nevsie

    $15

  • Rich

    $200

  • Varun & Mila

    $50

  • polly and will greene

    $100

  • Priya Chhaya

    $20

  • Sunil and Kanika Gupta

    $50

  • Raashi & Ian Rosenberger

    $150

  • Aaron Jones

     

  • Lisha & David

    $40

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Bhranti

    $25

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143% Raised of $2,620 Goal

The Team: $3,745 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Donor Comments

Bhranti

Bhranti

DONATION: $25

All the little sisters who deserve a chance to help themselves learn to earn a better life. 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $20

Great job Kat! 2 years ago

Lisha & David

Lisha & David

DONATION: $40

Well done Kat!! You super trouper!! Lisha & David Xx 2 years ago

Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones

2 years ago

Raashi & Ian Rosenberger

Raashi & Ian Rosenberger

DONATION: $150

RUN, KAT, RUN! WERE SO PROUD OF YOU! 2 years ago

Sunil and Kanika Gupta

Sunil and Kanika Gupta

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Priya Chhaya

Priya Chhaya

DONATION: $20

Good luck Kat! Immensely proud of you. Sending you lots of love from London Town xxx 2 years ago

polly and will greene

polly and will greene

DONATION: $100

goodluck kat your run will change the lives of those little children so much for the better we are very proud of you well done and take care xxxx 2 years ago

Varun & Mila

Varun & Mila

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Rich

Rich

DONATION: $200

Kat, I will be running with you in spirit!!! 2 years ago