We’re doing it! Together we are running our first half marathon. This half marathon means so much to the both of us for numerous reasons. One exciting reason is that the race is in Seattle. We are both currently living down in Southern California balancing a life of work and education as we pursue some great opportunities and adventures. The fact that we get to travel back to my home (Taylor) is so exciting. Justin, being from the bay area has grown close with many Washington roots himself and also looks forward to any chance to get back to the evergreen state to enjoy the abundance of trees, rain, and my crazy family. This race has provided us with one of the best reasons to head home and gather with a community that is preparing to run for change.
Our personal connection to Dollars for Change runs deep. DFC was incorporated in 2006 based on the US population, hoping that if everyone donated a dollar, Katie Rutherford (founder) could make a lasting impact on impoverished communities around the world. To date, DFC has raised over $70,000, but even with some of us donating more than just one dollar, there are so many people to be reached in our effort to involve as many people as we can as we strive towards sustainable poverty alleviation. Currently, DFC's efforts are focused in a township called Kurland, South Africa. Dollars for Change has fostered the social, academic and emotional development of over 50 students in their after school program for at-risk youth. All students have been tested HIV-negative and DFC has no reported teen pregnancies. DFC has also refurbished over twenty homes for the elderly and disabled and installed over thirty solar water heaters!
I had the privilege to study abroad in South Africa my junior year of college and work hand in hand with Katie Rutherford. Her dream of implementing community development in the township of Kurland has impacted not only the people of Kurland, but DFC continues to make a mark on everyone that is involved. Justin also had the privilege of spending time with Katie when she flew into Washington for a long weekend to see our good friends Jake and Jordan Steedman get married. During that weekend Justin was able to find friendship with Katie and understand the heart behind this amazing organization. We are overwhelmed with gratitude to be connected to Katie, a piece of South Africa, and to Jake and Jordan Steedman who have put in a lot of hard work to make this race a fundraiser for DFC.
So here we are, Justin and I are ready to push through our first 13.1 miles together. Preparing for this race as a team has brought us closer and has made us stronger. We are so excited to be apart of this fundraiser and to be running for such a great cause. Any donation helps our team and will help fuel the dream that Katie Rutherford started that today so many others are carrying on!