BENEFITING: Room To Read
EVENT DATE: Oct 07, 2012
Mileage Tracker: 213
As most of you already know, I'm running the Chicago Marathon this October, and to make the whole thing slightly more worthwhile, am raising money for Room to Read. The charity works with children throughout Asia and Africa, with a focus on literacy and gender equality in education. For those of you eager to find out more, there's plenty more info on their website (http://www.roomtoread.org), and any and all donations will be greatly appreciated, both by me and by Room to Read!
I'm hoping that between us we can raise $5000; I will be matching the first $1000 of donations myself and the Tibra Foundation has generously offered to match £1250, so please donate as generously as you're able, safe in the knowledge your money will be going twice as far. Finally and most importantly, a smidgen on what it's all about...
Over 60 million primary school-aged children around the world do not have access to education and most likely will never learn to read or write. Room to Read believes that all children, regardless of gender or background, have a right to education. By empowering children through this lifelong gift, we see a world in which people are able to realize their full potential.
Room to Read had its humble origins in Nepal in 2000, where we began bringing donated books to rural communities. Today, we are a global organization dedicated to promoting and enabling education through programs focused on literacy and gender equality in education. We achieve this goal by establishing school libraries, building schools, publishing local language children's books, training teachers on literacy education and supporting girls to complete secondary school with the life skills neccessary to succeed in school and beyond.
Room to Read’s programs have reached more than five million children so far and hopes to improve literacy for 10 million children by 2015. Imagine a world in which every child has access to an education. Room to Read is doing our best to make this dream a reality, one child at a time.
Thanks again people - if we raise enough money here, I might even enjoy the 26 mile ordeal!