I will be spending my next R&R running a half marathon with my sister, Caroline, in Kenya (though she is running the full marathon, naturally). We are running as part of a team sponsored by her employer, BlackRock. Part of being able to participate is fundraising for a great organization, Tusk Trust, which supports nature conservancy as part of a holistic approach that provides support to local communities, sustainable rural development and education.
Caroline's friends have jobs, and many of those jobs are at companies with matching policies for donations. I, on the other hand, will be going the grassroots route: give $10, give $15, give whatever you can; if you can give more ($25, $50, $100!?) that is also awesome, don't be shy! The more people that donate the better, even if you don't feel like you're contributing a lot, it will mean a lot to me to have your support. Though your donation will go to Tusk Trust, you will be supporting my trip with Caroline and motivating me to get back in shape, and I'm sure encouraging that is high on your list of priorities for 2013. More info on Tusk Trust and the race (note: one of the ten toughest marathons - here's hoping it's the second half that's hard, because I will only be doing the first half!) is below. Thank you for you!
TUSK's 14th Safaricom Marathon and Half Marathon will take place at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, 140 miles north of Nairobi, on Saturday 29th June 2013. Organised by Tusk Trust and supported by Safaricom, this fundraising event will host 1,000 runners from 20 different countries. The Safaricom Marathon is regarded as one of the ten toughest marathons in the world. The event is run through some of Africa’s most beautiful scenery. The heavily protected 65,000 acre wildlife sanctuary is home to over 100 rhino, herds of elephant and vast numbers of plains game including zebra, giraffe, buffalo and much more.Tusk Trust has been a conservation partner to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy since its creation twenty years ago, and has always shared a common goal to use wildlife conservation as a catalyst to alleviate poverty, reduce conflict, and improve education and livelihoods in rural areas rich in biodiversity