I am running the Quintiles/Wrightsville Beach Marathon to raise money for Heifer International, whose mission is to "work with communities to end poverty and hunger" by investing animal gifts and training into small-scale, family-run agricultural efforts around the world.
So, I am running this marathon in hopes of raising enough money to donate two heifers to families who need them: $1000.
Here is what HI says about cows:
"Heifers Equal Hope
When a family has a cow, every morning there's a glass of rich milk for the children to drink before heading off to school. Classes are paid with the income from the sale of milk, and there's even enough to share with the neighbors.
A good dairy cow can produce four gallons of milk a day - enough for a family to drink and share with neighbors. Milk protein transforms sick, malnourished children into healthy boys and girls. The sale of surplus milk earns money for school fees, medicine, clothing and home improvements.
Better still, every gift multiplies, as the animal's first offspring is passed on to another family-then they also agree to pass on an animal, and so on.
And because a healthy cow can produce a calf every year, every gift will be passed on and eventually help an entire community move from poverty to self reliance. Now that's a gift worth giving!"
Your donation will not only help HI, it will help inspire me across the finish line. 26.2 is a LONG way, and I've never done it before, but I'm happy to run it for cows.
Thank you for your support!