On Sunday, November 5th, 2017, I will be running the New York City Marathon for a special cause, to raise money for the Water For People Organization. This will be my 3rd NYC Marathon and 16th marathon overall. What makes this marathon particularly special is that I will be running it alongside my daughter Sarah. This will be Sarah’s first marathon. We are both so excited to be sharing this experience together and running to support such a worthy cause! I was Sarah’s age when I ran my first marathon and now 34 years later, I’m still at it! Who knew!
In 2012, Sarah spent six weeks in rural Kenya working on a campaign to bring clean, safe drinking water to communities without access. Needless to say, Sarah's experience was life-changing (in many ways!). I was truly inspired by the stories she told about communities who no longer had to drink contaminated, disease-causing water, and were able to drastically improve their health through access to clean, safe drinking water. When it came time to choose a marathon fundraising organization, I was instantly drawn to Water for People, because "clean water for all" is a cause that is close to our hearts.
The Water For People fundraising goal is $2,500 per team member. Team Water For People will be running all of NYC’s 5 boroughs to support Water For People and mirror what millions of people around the world do everyday-travel long distances to collect clean water for their families. Not everyone runs a marathon, but Water For People believes that everyone should have access to clean water and proper sanitation forever.
Your donations go directly to Water For People to finance their water and sanitation programs in Africa, India, Central America and South America-programs that grow out of their belief that everyone should have access to clean water and proper sanitation.
Water For People is an international nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to creating reliable, safe drinking water resources, improved sanitation facilities, and hygiene education programs in the developing world; it currently operates in 10 countries: Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, India, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Bolivia & Peru. The organization’s unique business-oriented approach works to establish partnerships between local and national government institutions, nongovernment organizations, private enterprise, and entrepreneurs to enable local communities, districts and municipalities to plan, build, finance, maintain, and operate their own safe water and sanitation services. Water For People puts long-lasting solutions and 100% coverage of a region with safe water access for everyone at the forefront of its strategy. It fosters innovative solutions to water and sanitation problems that are adaptable worldwide, and through monitoring and evaluation of its program impact for at least 10 years post-implementation, Water For People ensures that its work is sustained by local partners.
If you would like to make your donation in honor of someone you know, I invite you to forward the names of people whom you would like me to run in honor/memory of. I will run with them in mind. To make your donation, go to www.CrowdRise.com/patriciaevans15. It is quick and easy. Every dollar raised goes directly to their water and sanitation programs and is 100% tax deductible. Please feel free to pass along the Water For People information to anyone you feel may be interested in supporting my cause. I hope to reach my fundraising goal by mid-October! Any donation would be greatly appreciated.Thank you in advance for supporting Water For People. You don’t have to be a marathon runner, but with your help, together we can help families achieve their human right to have clean water FOREVER!. The ultimate finish line is a world where all people have access to clean water. We can reach it with your help.
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