BENEFITING: SALT SEEKER FOUNDATION INC
EVENT DATE: Dec 01, 2013
Hi, I’m Tristan Doherty, a Penn Alexander 8th Grader. On December 1, 2013, I will be running the ANGKOR WAT INTERNATIONAL HALF MARATHON to raise money for SALT SEEKER FOUNDATION. This non-profit organization helps several orphanages in Cambodia, by giving toiletries, clothing, food, and medicines like tylenol and flu-medication. It was founded by Daravann Yi, is a Community College of Phila. ESL Counselor, Author, and Khmer Rouge survior.
The foundation is now raising funds to fulfill the goals they have set for 2014: Providing technical training for the kids who are aging out of the orphanages so they can get jobs. This is important because teens aging out of foster care and orphanages is a global issue. This makes them vulnerable to homelesness, diseases, human trafficking, and becoming victims of violence. Improving their health care by using simple methods that have a big impact. For example, Mosquito netting for their beds can dramatically lower their risk of Malaria.
Last year, I was part of Students Run Philly Style, a non-profit public school program using the discipline of distance running to help kids improve study habits. While in Cambodia with a Community College Study Tour, my mom heard about the Angkor Wat race; registration fees benefit kids with HIV/AIDS and victims of the landmines remaining after decades of war. We decided to run this together but she had surgery and can’t run yet, so Rithya To, Daravann’s relative and our friend, said he’d run with me. It’s a huge honor. Rithya was Cambodia’s marathoner in the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics. He used this status to speak about HIV/AIDS to help UNESCO’s campaign for awareness. He now trains para-athletes.
I believe giving back is important. By running this half-marathon, I hope to use something I love to make a difference for these orphans. Please help me improve their chances for healthy life by making a donation.
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