Why would I commit to completing a Half Ironman Triathlon in order to help raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity Berkeley County? Why would a single mom struggling to make ends meet and living in a nearly condemned house call on us for help? Ironically, we both have faith and believe in something greater for our lives and believe we can make a change.
One year+ as the Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County, I believe more than ever in using this physical journey to be a voice to bring attention to the need for affordable housing in Berkeley County. We currently have 6 families in our program waiting for a home and another 4-6 who will qualify at some level to be placed on a wait list. Each selection process we review numerous applications of people praying they meet the Habitat qualifications. The need is 10 X greater than the level of funding we currently have to build and there are so many deserving individuals applying. There are those who get up on cold mornings and have to use unsafe space heaters to heat their homes. There are those who are raising young children in unsafe areas because it fits their budget. Then there are those who work 2, sometimes 3 jobs in order to pay rent for an apartment that is over-priced due to current economic conditions in our area. Whatever the reason for applying, each of these applicants and their children are depending on us to find funding to support them and their dream of owning a home .
I have committed to train and complete a 1.2 mile swim followed by a 56 mile bike ride and ending with a 13.1 mile run in order to show my dedication and bring awareness to this community need. This training will last over a year and will take 6-13 hours per week of training. Our partner families are required to put in sweat equity hours in order to qualify for their home. This is my way of putting in sweat equity hours to qualify for your donation.
The Berkeley Habitat goal is to raise $15,000 to complete the foundation of a home that can be built before the end of our fiscal year, June 30, 2018. This foundation goes deeper than concrete for a home, it is the foundation of a new home and life for a family in need. A place where a child will be able to sleep and know they are safe. A place where a mother and/or a father will be able to afford and plan for their children(s) future.
Will YOU partner with me on this journey and help support a foundation for families that need a home in our community? Thank you in advance and God Bless.