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Idrissa Simmonds' Fundraiser:

Robin Hood NYC 2014

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BENEFITING: Robin Hood

ORGANIZER: Robin Hood

EVENT: 2014 TCS New York City Marathon

EVENT DATE: Nov 02, 2014

Idrissa Simmonds

THE STORY:

Friends, Family, Co-Conspirators, Village,

100 people, $10, 100 hours - can we do it?

 I'm excited and scared to run my second NYC Marathon, for the second year in a row. And I am not a competitive runner, by any stretch of the imagination. The past year has been beautiful but tough, both personally and within the political climate of this country: running is my way of making sense of it all, as it  has always been for me. The fact that I have the opportunity to both run and  raise money for a foundation that does the real work of eradicating poverty and leveling the playing field means so much to me.

Why am I running? Because according to the statistics Black women do not invest in our health and wellness and I am choosing to ignore those statistics. Because of Ferguson - Black lives matter, and by choosing to put in the long hours training, waking up early, hoofing through miles in all kinds of rude weather, dealing with a bad knee and hectic work schedule, I am asserting that my life - my health, self-care, wellness, and ability to care for others and stand strong and firm for what I believe in, matters. I don't run alone - I stand on the shoulders of the Jamaican, Haitian, and American women in my lineage who fought long and hard to make my reality a possibility. They run wtih me and I run to honor their legacy. And for those of you who join my campaign, you run with me too. 

All I want for my birthday is to reach my marathon fundraising goal of $1000. There are many choices each of us have to make with our money - family, self-care, other crowdfunding campaigns, school, survival...I do not take the support I receive lightly. To meet my goal of $1000 I am taking a microfinancing approach and asking 100 people to contribute $10 each over the next 100 hours. 

What will your donation contribute to? 

I am raising $1000 for Robin Hood Foundation, an organization that supports countless non-profits that work to eradicate poverty and educational iniquity.  

100% of the funds I raise  will go to help New Yorkers in need build better lives for themselves and their families. New York was my first home as a child and has been my home again for the past 6 years - it means so much to me to raise funds for an organization that supports my local community. 

Your contribution does the following: 

$50 covers the daily wage for one formerly homeless man to participate on a work crew assignment that prepares him for full-time employment.
$75 provides a day of high quality preschool for one child.
$100 connects one low-income family to public benefits, social services, and employment counseling.
$200 helps a woman secure a $1,500 microloan to help her launch or expand her own business.
$750 provides a year of basic literacy training and G.E.D. test preparation for one student.
$1000 pays for health care for one adolescent for one year.
$1,500 provides a year of counseling for the family of a child enrolled in pre-school.
$3,000 provides six months of psychiatric treatment for a homeless person.

So the $1000 you help me raise has some serious legs. 

In addition to the power of your donation to change the lives of so many New Yorkers, you also will receive a personal gift from me for your donation, "26 Reflections on 26.2 Miles". Every day I am collecting quotes, poems, reflections, and meditations that keep me pushing for what I know is possible. I will compile 26 of these reflections - one for each mile I will run on November 2 - into a digital chapbook that will be emailed to each member of the tribe who's supporting my campaign. You will receive your digital chapbook by December 2, 2014. 

Thank you for reading and thank you for your support. Let's do this!

$1,315

MONEY RAISED
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  • Idrissa Simmonds

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Patricia Roberts

    $100

  • Aaron Zimmerman

    $10

  • Serena W. Lin

    $10

  • Alicia Boone

    $10

  • Laura Donald

    $10

  • Nadia Ramroop (and the Mr.)

    $20

  • Ku'ulani Keohokalole

    $10

  • Allyson Rowley

    $20

  • Ramona Cruickshank

    $20

  • Yesenia Montilla

    $25

  • mahogany l. browne

    $30

  • Adrienne Maree

    $25

  • Jill Guizzo

    $10

  • JP Howard

    $20

  • Christina Chala

    $10

  • Meredith Turner

    $20

  • Lindsay Kruse

    $10

  • A&Y Gilpin-Jackson

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Cynthia M.

    $15

  • Melinda Evans

    $25

  • Cheryl Boyce-Taylor

    $40

  • Elizabeth Idowu

    $25

  • Young Rhee

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Ahkilah Zuri

    $10

  • Chelsi Bullard

    $10

  • Clare Stewart

    $25

  • Shehtaz Huq

    $20

  • Jenny Patel

    $15

  • Joscary De La Cruz

    $10

  • Sacha Nastili

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jared McCauley

    $20

  • Julia Houlihan

    $10

  • Monica Dennis

    $100

  • Ed T.

    $20

  • Nadia Alexis

    $10

  • Kianti

    $20

  • NIcki

    $10

  • Sand Dune Publishing - Winston Simmonds Jr

    $10

  • QG

     

  • Raschael Ash

    $20

  • Bernadette & George Simmonds

    $100

  • Geraldine

    $10

  • Charan P. Morris

    $20

  • Your family in Korea

    $100

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jade Harriell

     

  • Sallomé Hralima

    $10

  • enes harper

    $10

  • Amanda Mattar

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $25

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132% Raised of $1,000 Goal

The Team: $391,829 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Marite Ashley

Amount Raised

$74,055

 

296% Raised of $25,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jordan Vogel

Amount Raised

$43,662

 

109% Raised of $40,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Megan McGill

Amount Raised

$20,723

Fundraiser Title

Hunter Philbrick

Amount Raised

$17,972

 

90% Raised of $20,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Sorabh Maheshwari

Amount Raised

$17,750

Fundraiser Title

Charlie Young

Amount Raised

$11,775

Fundraiser Title

Naureen

Amount Raised

$10,351

Fundraiser Title

Kristin Boyd

Amount Raised

$8,665

 

87% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

Go get 'em Idrissa! 4 years ago

Amanda Mattar

Amanda Mattar

DONATION: $50

Proud of you babes!!!! xoxo 4 years ago

enes harper

enes harper

DONATION: $10

4 years ago

Sallomé Hralima

Sallomé Hralima

DONATION: $10

Prince Joshua Avitto 4 years ago

Jade Harriell

Jade Harriell

Good luck and thanks for raising funds for Robin Hood! 4 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

4 years ago

Your family in Korea

Your family in Korea

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Charan P. Morris

Charan P. Morris

DONATION: $20

4 years ago

Geraldine

Geraldine

DONATION: $10

Happy Birthday Idrissa - you're a true inspiration! From one of your mom's co-workers 4 years ago

Bernadette & George Simmonds

Bernadette & George Simmonds

DONATION: $100

Ines and Marcel Alexander 4 years ago