EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2013
Two years ago I ran my first marathon ever – the ING NYC Marathon. I twisted my knee crossing the start line and limped the entire 26.2 miles of one of the world’s most iconic races in excruciating pain. I collapsed at the finish line and spent the next few hours in the medical tent. I couldn’t walk for days after that and couldn’t run for three months. I’ve come a long way since then.
This year I’ve been given the opportunity to run the NYC Marathon again to benefit my friend Jess’s family-owned charity ZARA’S CENTER – an admirable initiative which provides nourishment, academic and artistic enrichment, medical care, and work training to AIDS-impacted children in Zimbabwe.
I am honored with the opportunity to help these children who might never have the chance to participate in a race (but who would probably be incredible runners..), and to retackle the course with strength I lost the first time around. It would mean a great deal to me if you could help me reach my goal and donate (even just a little) to Zara’s Center!
I have a $500 goal to reach by November 3rd. I made the first $10 donation and am now relying on the altruistic hearts of my friends and family to help me finish!
Zara's Center for AIDS-Impacted Youth is a model respite program for AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Zara's provides nourishment, academic enrichment, medical care, work training, recreation, cultural and artistic development to children in community-based and home-centered initiatives. The majority of Zara's kids have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS.
In early 2013, Zara’s moved to a new, permanent, home in Emganwini Township, and has already become a second home for over 80 children. A facility expansion is currently underway, which will allow the Center to serve more children. The Zara’s NYC Marathon Running Team will raise crucial funds to help expand the Center.
To learn more about this great initiative, visit www.zarascenter.org