What's Run 4 Ed?
I am running to raise funds for providing children in India and Cambodia access to a basic right -- A Good Education. All donations received will be used for children's education by the most efficient charity organization I have ever come across -- the 100% Volunteer run Asha for Education (www.ashanet.org). And as a bonus+, for every dollar up to $1000, I will be making a matching donation to 2 other organizations that I hold dear to my heart.
Yes, that's $1000 towards each of the other 2 organizations for a total $2000 in matching contributions.
Help educate the children! Help me go broke giving away my money! And, help me stay motivated to finish my first marathon! I'm signed up to run the SF Marathon on July 31st 2011.
A NOTE ABOUT FUNDING:
All money raised (minus crowdrise fees) will be donated to the charities. Marathon registration + Training costs are all out of pocket expenses taken care of by yours truly.
A Brief History:
After watching the film "Kannathil Muthamittal" (English title: A Peck on the Cheek, 2002), a movie primarily focused on the issues of war and adoption, I was profoundly affected and started taking interest in the plight of children around the world who don't have access to some of the basic necessities that we all take for granted. Family, Food, Shelter, and Education. In 2006, I decided to act on it, and started sponsoring a child at Udavum Karangal, an excellent non-profit based in Chennai, India, that provides care and education for orphans, abandoned children, homeless, and the mentally challenged. I have been contributing to that organization's cause ever since.
Then in January of 2010, A couple of friends and I went vacationing in Thailand and Cambodia. And when we got to Siem Reap, we took an ATV ride through the country-side, which is when we came across the Chres Village School & Orphanage. The kids that showed us around the school were some of the brightest I've come across, fluent in 4 different languages, smart, and they made me realize how fortunate my life has been. It was an eye opening experience for me to hear about sustainable living and self-empowerment from 12 and 13 year old kids.
I returned from the trip with a new found sense of purpose, and a will to make a change in the lives of the less fortunate children around the world, and that's when I found out about Asha for Education, and their marathon training program. I signed up for the 2010 program, and even though I completed the Half Marathon successfuly, I did a pretty poor job at fundraising. I ended up matching the required amount to be raised myself, but didn't reach out to others -- you guys, my friends. There's more to a fundraiser than just money. They also help in bringing awareness about the cause, and I don't believe I helped Asha get any attention at all.
That's why I'm doing the fundraiser this year. To raise awareness about these three amazing organizations, and to help you guys gain some karma points along the way. Please donate whatever you can. And you are most welcome to do so generously :)