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Mary Brenneman's Fundraiser:

Rowing for Refugees

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Mary Brenneman

THE STORY:

Life is a little like camping. You are on a campsite for a finite period of time. When you camp, you always try to leave the campsite as good or even a little better than when you came. When you are my age, you realize your time on this beautiful campsite is limited. I think many of us my age realize that the world is our heritage and also our legacy. So as I turn 70, with two bad knees, one bad foot, plenty of energy and a willing heart, I am dedicating my 70th year to do my part. How? I’m starting a fundraiser. I’ve never done this before. I know it is a little crazy, but I think it just might work. I call this fundraiser Rowing for Refugees and I’m going to virtually row 2,363 miles across the United States —starting on the Pacific Ocean, and ending at the Atlantic. I will be raising money for the International Rescue Committee, an excellent organization, which works with refugees around the world. My goal is modest. I am seeking donations in any amount, but I hope that at least 100 people will donate $23.63, a penny for every mile that I row. The money goes directly to the International Rescue Committee. Come join me on this journey. You can row with me and help me raise funds! Even easier you can share this page. A donation would be great, but if you don’t have the money – no worries. Just send me (Row4Refugee@gmail.com) a word of encouragement now and then, or news about refugees or the IRC, a poem, or a book title I can listen to as I row, or a photo or video from the area where I’ll be traveling, or a drawing of what you think my virtual boat looks like, or even a question you’d like me to think about for a couple of hours. I’ll be sitting in my virtual row boat for approximately ten hours a week, and I can tell you from the practice rowing I’ve been doing to get ready for this trip, listening to Ted Talks or a good audible book or mulling over a poem or even just having something to think about really helps keep me going. If you donate, or row with me to raise funds, or help in anyway, a letter, a drawing, a word of encouragement, you can print this virtual button, pin or tape it on your shirt/top and take a selfie and post it on the FB page Rowing for Refugees. A special thank you to all of you who not only encouraged me to begin this journey but offered your ideas, drawings, t-shirts, donations and offers to help especially: Mark, Heather, Nancy, Alison, Lon, Jim, Paul, and of course my family. Mary B

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To This Fundraiser

$391

MONEY RAISED
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  • Barbara Niederhoff

    $23.63

  • Elizabeth

     

  • Neil

    $23.63

  • Sue

    $25

  • Judi and Bob

    $47.26

  • Jessica Waneka

    $25

  • Brian

    $23.63

  • Sharon Levy

     

  • Nancy

     

  • Sharon O'Hara

    $50

  • Lorie Hirose

     

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17% Raised of $2,368 Goal

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The Team: $391 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Lorie Hirose

Lorie Hirose

2 years ago

Sharon O'Hara

Sharon O'Hara

DONATION: $50

You go lady! what an inspiring way to celebrate your 70th year! 2 years ago

Nancy

Nancy

Gently down the stream. Quietly and steadily paying it forward. 2 years ago

Sharon Levy

Sharon Levy

In Honor of MARY!!!!! 2 years ago

Brian

Brian

DONATION: $23.63

Don’t fall overboard. 2 years ago

Jessica Waneka

Jessica Waneka

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Judi and Bob

Judi and Bob

DONATION: $47.26

2 years ago

Sue

Sue

DONATION: $25

Fantastic effort! Happy Birthday! 2 years ago

Neil

Neil

DONATION: $23.63

Row Mary Row ! A wonderful initiative 2 years ago

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

Happy birthday! Go mom! 2 years ago