Hi friends-I'm currently training for the New York City ING marathon on November 4th of this year. I've decided to join the Robin Hood Foundation whose funds are utilized to help fight poverty in NYC. As most of you know, NYC and running are a large part of my life. Not only did I discover my jewelry designing passion there, but I also travel there often for my business as well. I remember the first time that I saw the NYC marathon. I was a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology and was let out early from one of my welding classes to cheer for the runners. I remember standing in the sidelines and watching the runners fly by me. The look of sheer determination and wholeness in their faces awed me. At that instant I thought to myself, "one day, that will be me...not today, not tomorrow, but one day I will be one of those runners."
In 2011 I ran my first marathon and it forever changed my life. The discipline and dedication required to to train and the accomplishment I felt after I crossed the finish line was incredible. By joining the Robin Hood Foundation team for this year's marathon, I no longer will feel this accomplishment for myself, but for a greater cause...
As a part of this team I've been challenged to raise $5,000 of which 100% will go to the Foundation. I'm writing you today, because I need your help to reach my goal. Please don't think a large donation is required, even $1 will be gratefully accepted — no amount is too small.
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For the past 5 years, more than 650 Robin Hood runners have crossed the finish line of the ING New York City Marathon. Along the way, these runners have raised nearly $4 million for Robin Hood, helping to feed, shelter and heal our neighbors in need, as well as equipping them with educational and employment opportunities to improve their lives.
This year 100 runners will participate in the marathon as part of Team Robin Hood. Each runner has personally committed to raising $5,000; 100% of which will go to help New Yorkers in need build better lives for themselves and their families.
On race day, November 4, we invite you to join Robin Hood staff, family and friends at our famous Mile-20 block party (just off the 6-train). Cheer your favorite runners on their final leg of the race while rocking out to DJ Bonnie! This big bash also includes a Jumbotron featuring all 45,000+ runners in their glory as they turn off the Willis Avenue Bridge, bleacher seating, Robin Hood t-shirts and cheer-stix.
Please help support these runners and their mission to fight poverty. You can make a donation in support of a particular runner or make a general donation in support of the entire Robin Hood team. Look what your support can help do for the city of New York:
- $50 covers the daily wage for one formerly homeless man to participate on a work crew assignment that prepares him for full-time employment.
- $75 provides a day of high quality preschool for one child.
- $100 connects one low-income family to public benefits, social services, and employment counseling.
- $200 helps a woman secure a $1,500 microloan to help her launch or expand her own business.
- $750 provides a year of basic literacy training and G.E.D. test preparation for one student.
- $1000 pays for health care for one adolescent for one year.
- $1,500 provides a year of counseling for the family of a child enrolled in pre-school.
- $3,000 provides six months of psychiatric treatment for a homeless person.
When you race for ROBIN HOOD, you support 200 poverty-fighting schools and programs in all five boroughs. During the race, you will pass through the neighborhoods of ten Robin Hood funded programs. Click here to view the map.