Kel Sweeting via Crowdrise
October 27, 2011
BENEFITING: SOUTH ASIA PURE WATER INITIATIVE INC
EVENT DATE: Oct 15, 2011
It's hard to choose between helping the other side of the world and your own community. It's hard to choose just one charity. Heck, it's hard for me to choose just two charities, but that's the best I could do. One official, one unofficial. One far away, one local. Help provide clean drinking water to villages in India or help offset costs of spaying/neutering the dogs and cats of Bimini. You do that and I'll run my first half-marathon. Well, okay, I'm going to run the half anyway, but it seemed a waste not to try to shame some nice folks into helping one or two good causes.
If I did this whole crowd-rise thing correctly, you should be able to donate to South Asia Pure Water Initiative, Inc. via the donation button on this page. Should be easy-peasy (although I do not know how to spell that soccer-mom phrase). SAPWII is based in CT near where I grew up, but they do their good work in India (as you may have guessed by their name). My dad and Cheryl know the folks who run this organization and they have vouched for their dedication, honesty and general awesomeness at actually getting stuff done. Al and I "registered" for donations to this charity when we got married and it seemed like it was time to help them out again. They are a registered non-profit, so your donation should be tax-deductible, but I'm not an accountant. It's a bit ridiculous that there are so many people in the world without access to clean drinking water. And here I am training for a half-marathon, just for kicks, and I never have to worry about not having enough water after a workout.
For those of you who trust me and are more interested in helping out something local (and by local I mean local to me, probably not local to you), I offer "charity" choice #2. The reason you need to trust me and the word "charity" is in quotation marks is because for a brief moment money for this cause will basically be in my pocket. And it's not going to an actual charity so even though I'm not an accountant, I don't think your generosity will benefit you come tax time. But, I know the vet who visits Bimini and I know he's coming soon (hopefully November). He does spay/neuters for $50 per animal, but lots of folks on Bimini can't afford 50 bucks. I'm happy to have a philisophical debate about whether or not sterilization for your pets should be low cost/free, but if you spend a few hours on Bimini and see the dogs and cats having litters after litters after litters, you'd probably see the value in making these procedures accessible to Bimini's pet owners. A wise woman once told me that when dogs and cats become less replaceable, they will be better cared for. In order to shift from an attitude of replacability (did I just make up that word?) towards pets, there need to be fewer of them wandering the streets and stuck in the shelters (not that Bimini has a shelter). The easiest solution: spay and neuter. So, if I've sold you on this cause please PayPal me the big fat donation (firstname.lastname@example.org). (FYI: even $5 qualifies as big fat).
Oh, and my half-marathon is in three days, if you count the day today and the actual race day. I know I didn't give you all much time, but I wasn't sure until today that I would actually make it to the states to do the race. And I was admittedly a bit scared to announce to the world that I was going to try a 13.1. For all the runners in my life, this is no big deal, but I've never done one, so I'm a little nervous. I just hope I finish. And when I'm done, I know I'll have plenty of clean drinking water to rehydrate.