Every Mother Counts wrote -
On March 1st, Christy Turlington Burns, ultramarathoners Scott and Jenny Jurek, and a team of friends and supporters of Every Mother Counts will run the Kilimanjaro Half Marathon in Tanzania, to commemorate the five-year anniversary of our organization. Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. We inform, engage, and mobilize new audiences to take actions and raise funds that support maternal health programs around the world. Each year 287,000 girls and women die bringing life into the world, yet nearly all of these deaths are preventable.
The team will travel to Kilimanjaro, where we will have the opportunity to meet with healthcare workers, spend time together discussing maternal heath as well as overall nutrition and training for races. This team will increase awareness for the cause and make the vital connection for people that so many pregnant women live far from health services around the world and that distance does make a difference. Simply put, we want to run so that others don't have to...
We've chosen to participate in this race because often distance is the biggest barrier to a woman and her family getting the care they need. In addition, Tanzania has special significance to Every Mother Counts. In June of 2009, a small film crew traveled to Tanzania from New York during the making of NO WOMAN, NO CRY. The film crew set out to document some of the barriers that millions of girls and women living in Sub-Saharan Africa face when they’re in need of critical maternal healthcare. We learned that for women living in countries like Tanzania, especially in rural areas, distance was an enormous barrier for mothers who needed healthcare of any kind. In fact, the minimum distance a pregnant woman had to travel was 5 K for prenatal care. An average distance to reach emergency obstetric care was 35 K, and oftentimes much more.
And now, we're hoping you will lend your support no matter how big or small. Here are some ways you can get involved.
1. You can click on the DONATE button to contribute what you can on behalf of one of our Every Mother Counts Runners.
2. You can JOIN THE TEAM to become a fundraiser yourself and help us raise the much-needed funds and spread the word about this cause.
3. You can purchase an EMC t-shirt & gear from Oiselle.com and come out and cheer us on.
4. You can run with us in solidarity on March 1st. Remember that any distance from 5k to 26.2 miles would be an amazing act of support of our mission. Every Mile Counts because Every Mother Counts.
100% of the funds raised by this team will go directly towards programs improving maternal health. Together, with your help and our miles, we can make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.