Dear Friends and Family,
Welcome to my fundraising website to run the Namibia Desert Marathon next May! I am fundraising for CWS (Child Welfare Scheme) to help disadvantaged children in Nepal.
Why the Namibia marathon? After qualifying for the Boston marathon this year, I realized I was ready to take my passion for running to a different level. I quickly decided that my new endeavor, to complete a marathon in the oldest desert in the world, should benefit others. I have never fundraised for a marathon, but I am enthused to have your support as I pledge to raise £ 3000 ($5,000) for CWS in Nepal.
Why CWS? This is one of the charities associated with this race and it struck me as a noble cause. In addition, a close friend in Costa Rica spent last summer in Nepal volunteering for underpriviledged children and I wanted to compliment her work. You can read more about CWS at this link: http://www.cwsuk.org/about_us/
Last year alone, CWS helped over 13,000 children to obtain free health care, more than 500 children to have a safe place to play while their parents were at work, and over 5,000 Nepalese mothers learn how to look after their own health and the health of their children. Nepal is the least developed country in Asia, with years of conflict worsening the poverty. Out of every 100 children in Nepal, 42 live below the poverty line, 48 will be malnourished, 42 will be involved in child labor, 39 will not complete primary education, and 7 will die before their 5th birthday. Your donation goes a long way in Nepal, for example:
$8 (£ 5) could help educate a Nepalese child by providing them with books for a year
$16 (£ 10) could provide medical help for a child living in a remote mountain community
$41 (£ 25) could prevent health problems and accidents associated with traditional stoves, by building an improved cooking stove for a family in Nepal
$65 (£ 40) could provide protection and safety for a girl at high risk of abuse, by paying for an emergency home for a month
$82 (£ 50) could mean a street child no longer has to go hungry, by buying them a meal every day for a year
CWS is based in London, and therefore is only able to accept your contribution online in United Kingdom Pounds (£). I apologize in advance for any inconvenience or confusion this may cause you. Please use the following quick “cheat sheet” for currency conversion.
If you would like to give: $10 = £ 6 $15 = £ 9 $25 = £ 15 $50 = £ 31 $100 = £ 61 $250 = £ 153
If you would like to give other amounts, please feel free to use this site for currency conversion: http://www.xe.com/ucc/ On May 24th, I will begin my journey to London where I will meet up with the marathon and ultra-marathon teams. From London, we will travel to Windhoek, Namibia and then drive into the Namib Desert where we will spend a few nights camping at the foot of Brandberg Mountain – Namibia’s highest peak – before we run our race. The race director has warned that the temperatures could be as high as 110 degrees. We will be completely self-reliant running with camelbaks, carrying all of the food and water supply we need on the course. There will one medical tent at mile 13.1, which will serve as our one course checkpoint. Otherwise, we will be relying on GPS devices to get us through the Namib desert (Namib in Nama means “vast”). If you’re interested in reading more about the marathon, see the link: http://www.acrossthedivide.com/index.php/products/event/p-0081.html
I am excited about this new adventure and inspired to use it to help others less fortunate. I can't wait to share with you pictures and tales upon my return. Thank you again for your support!