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Leslie's 2013 African Run! (Great Ethiopian Run -10k- for Self Help Africa)

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BENEFITING: Self Help Africa

EVENT DATE: Nov 24, 2013

Leslie Henderson

THE STORY:

I will be running a 10k...in Ethiopia!  

This year I made a resolution to find an organization that I believed in and could put my heart and soul (and feet) behind.  I feel that it is important to remember how blessed and fortunate our lives are, no matter how busy we are, what our circumstances might be, or where challenging roads may have taken us.  I have felt inspired to use my love for travel and photography to help others and to become informed and empowered to find a way to make a positive impact on someone else's life.

I would love for you to join me, and I have a way for you to do it.  I am raising $5,000 by November 1st for an amazing charity, Self Help Africa (SHA)...more about Self Help Africa in a bit...To raise the $5,000, I am looking for your support.  For every person who donates $250 or more, I will be sending a photography book documenting my trip, my travels, and the great work that we are able to do with the help of your donation to Self Help Africa.  I love photography and travel- and this is my gift to you for your own incredible gift and contribution, and to show you exactly where your money was spent.  Your contribution will not only help to get me on the ground and enable me to run the 10k race for Self Help Africa, but it will also go directly toward the farmers and communities in Africa supported by SHA.

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ALL $ amounts are welcome and MUCH appreciated.  And don't forget!...your contribution is tax deductible.  With all levels of $ contribution you can expect: 

- Biweekly updates via email on my training for the 10k (sweaty pictures and all!).
- A link to the photos from our African journey.

$500 contribution:  

     - Africa photography book

     - Souvenir from the cultural market in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

     - Postcard from Africa

     - Personal video from Africa

$250 contribution:  

     - Africa photography book

     - Postcard from Africa

     - Personal video from Africa

$100 contribution: 

    - PDF photography diary of Africa

     - Postcard from Africa

     - Personal video from Africa.

$50

     - Postcard from Africa

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This year I did a lot of research about different organizations, talked to many friends and coworkers, and found Self Help Africa to be the perfect fit for me.  

Self Help Africa (SHA) provides tools and resources to farmers and enables these men and women to improve their farms, families, and communities.  What stood out to me the most about SHA is that they do not just give a handout.  The farmers supported by SHA are also expected to pay the money back, or pay it forward to help others. This promotes self-reliance, self-help, and entrepreneurship.  I love knowing that my support and contribution will continue to be paid forward, beyond my own immediate reach. 

     - One example of paying it forward:  If SHA provides a family with 2 goats, we expect them to pass forward the first 6 born kids to 3 other families. 

     - Another example:  SHA trains lead farmers in farming techniques who in turn spread this knowledge to other farmers across their communities.  

I am also including a link to SHA's website, so you can take a look around and feel comfortable and confident in our goal (you may need to copy and paste the link into your browser in order for the link to work) :  

selfhelpafrica.org

PLEASE email with any questions that you have or love and support that you want to send my way.  Thank you for taking the time to read my page, and I will be sure to keep you updated along the way!

Love,

Leslie xx

lesliekh@gmail.com

"Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it."

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A few additional notes about Self Help Africa (and a few other things I thought of) that may motivate you!:

1.  Self Help Africa has been working with communities in 9 countries for the past 29 years, raising over $148 million dollars.  To date, SHA has brought over 10 million people out of poverty.

2.  10% of children in 31 countries die before their 5th birthday from hunger and preventable diseases.  30 of these countries are in Africa.

3.  80% of Africans live in rural areas where agriculture is the main source of food and income.  Investment in agriculture is 3 times more effective at ending poverty than other programs.

4.  SHA invests 91.5% into their programs.  This means that 91.5 cents of every dollar that you donate goes directly to this cause.  These programs are focused, from seed to market, on helping rural entrepreneurs and poor farmers increase productivity and profitability.

5.  Your donation will go toward providing:  seeds, water, training & education, new technologies, credit, and market access. 

6.  Your donation is tax deductible.

7.  While you are enjoying your Thanksgiving dinner, I will be visiting communities and local farmers in Africa to put your donation dollars to good use to help raise people out of poverty. 

8.  In training, I will go through at least 53lbs of ice for my feet and knees, 2 pairs of running shoes, several bottles of Aleve, and all you need to do is donate from the comfort of your couch by clicking on my fundraising link.

9.  Christmas is only a few short weeks away after this run:  you are already early on your gift-giving! 

10.  This will put a huge smile on my face, as well as on the faces of the children and families that you will be helping, and I will be sharing those smiles with you through the photos that I will be taking on this trip.  With different levels of donations I will be sending a photography book, journal, or links to my photos as a thank you gift to you for your support.

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To This Fundraiser

$5,250

MONEY RAISED
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  • Krisann Henderson

    $50

  • Chuck Rosenwasser

    $50

  • Camille Ashby

    $250

  • Cody Musk

    $25

  • Killian

    $200

  • Andy Tonken

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $78

  • Cooper Lubenesky

    $50

  • LKH

    $22

  • Gaby Fernandez

    $40

  • Bianca Arvin

    $50

  • Ashley Bunce

    $100

  • Santo Rosabianca

    $60

  • Lily

    $50

  • Paul O'Connor

    $100

  • Gabe Gurrera

    $20

  • Antonio Gomez

    $100

  • Renae Lamb

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $28

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Máire Carroll

    $100

  • Suzie litz

    $50

  • Stephanie

    $50

  • Michael

    $100

  • N&R

    $50

  • N&R

    $50

  • Greg Mitchell

     

  • Jill & Paul

    $100

  • Fischers

    $50

  • Mom and Dad

    $350

  • Francoise

     

  • Claudia

    $40

  • Liz Quesnelle

    $30

  • steve kalina

    $20

  • Polly & Bill

    $200

  • Jim & Jenn Schmauderer

    $100

  • Matthew & Sheryl Jennings

    $100

  • Dave & Ingrid

    $50

  • Krupal Swami

    $50

  • The Aubin Family

    $50

  • Kimberly Simmons

    $20

  • Mary Hurley

     

  • Jack & Ginny Litz

     

  • Alex Lee

    $100

  • Troy

     

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  • Anonymous

    $15

  • Becca Clayton

    $25

  • Sherry Shannon

    $50

  • Lauren Brynn Lucas

    $50

  • Babita Patel

     

  • Donald Trump

    $50

  • Aoife Reddan

    $50

  • David Lionetti

     

  • Natalie Powers

    $50

  • Kirsten and Brian Hayes

    $100

  • JD and Katelyn Hayes

    $12

  • Casey Rogers

    $50

  • Allison Laskin

    $50

  • Matt London

    $50

  • Eric Park

    $50

  • Claire Ashley

    $40

  • Michelle Sohn

    $50

  • Freyder family

     

  • Michelle Olave

    $50

  • Jeana Hinch

    $60

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Nate Lindsay

    $50

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105% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Donor Comments

Nate Lindsay

Nate Lindsay

DONATION: $50

Leslie! Ended up at the doggy hospital with Gypsy on Saturday :( She's home now and feeling better after two nights there. Hope it was a good time. Proud to be your friend! Cheers, Nate 3 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $200

3 years ago

Jeana Hinch

Jeana Hinch

DONATION: $60

3 years ago

Michelle Olave

Michelle Olave

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Freyder family

Freyder family

3 years ago

Michelle Sohn

Michelle Sohn

DONATION: $50

You go girl! This is so impressive. Can't wait to hear about the trip and the run. 3 years ago

Claire Ashley

Claire Ashley

DONATION: $40

3 years ago

Eric Park

Eric Park

DONATION: $50

Leslie, Good luck, enjoy the race, and have a great trip! 3 years ago

Matt London

Matt London

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Allison Laskin

Allison Laskin

DONATION: $50

3 years ago