BENEFITING: Somaly Mam Foundation
EVENT DATE: Jun 23, 2013
Yesterday, under blue skies, killer heat and surrounded by an amazing cheering section of family and friends, I reached my goal of completing MY FIRST HALF MARATHON!
Three months ago, I started training for the Half Marathon in secret. I didn't want people to know, just in case I didn't make it. About this time, due in part to the incredible PBS documentary "Half the Sky" and my recent trip to Southeast Asia, I was becoming aware of the abuse and slavery of young girls in parts of the world. I was learning that a girl as young as age 3 could have her life sold away to a pimp for $10. And that many people, like me, did not know that this is happening every day.
At that point, I knew that running a few miles was easy compared to what other girls and women face every day. And with that knowledge that there was no way I would quit, I decided to ask my friends and family to help me raise $1,013.10 for my run in honor of these girls (via the wonderful charity, The Somaly Mam Foundation).
What happened next was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. I started training, a roller coaster 12 week journey which brought me closer to my husband, brother, and my girlfriends.
I also started talking to people about these issues facing girls and women. And you all responded with a tidal wave of love and support that I tear up just thinking about.
To those of you who donated so kindly - THANK YOU!!!
To those of you who read "Half the Sky" or watched the documentary, or told your friends about this issue - THANK YOU!!!
As we gained momentum, one friend suggested that WE RAISE THE GOAL TO $3,000 - THE COST TO RESCUE ONE GIRL - and then bring her through to rehabiliation, education and reintroduction into her community with dignity, marketable skils, and economic hope. I kind of thought that was ambitious at the time. But as you can see, thanks to all of you, we have well surpassed that!!
You guys are all like little miracles in my life, I know it sounds very cheesy. But that is how your kindness and generosity have felt to me.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
About the Somaly Mam Foundation http://www.somaly.org/about-us