A thank you of enormous proportions goes out to everyone who helped me exceed 100% of my fundraising goal!  I am truly grateful for your support.  

Your contributions will help Nepalese children who are living below the poverty line, malnourished, unable to complete primary education, and at risk of dying before their fifth birthday.  Your donations pay for these children to learn a vocation and gain employment, receive treatment for preventable illnesses, or simply have a nutritious meal and a safe place to sleep at night. 

If you have not yet contributed, you can still do so for a bit longer.  I leave for the race in Namibia on May 21.   

Again, I extend a heartfelt thank you for your generosity.



Dear Friends and Family,
Welcome to the fundraising website I have created in connection with running the Namibia Desert Marathon next May!  I am fundraising for CWS (Child Welfare Scheme), which is dedicated to helping disadvantaged children in Nepal.

Why the Namibia marathon?  I thought this was the perfect way to combine my passions for running and traveling together.  As many of you know, I have already completed a couple of marathons in the U.S. and have always wanted to run an international marathon.  Running one in the oldest desert in the world seemed like the next logical step!  This time I wanted to make the experience more meaningful.  I have never fundraised for a marathon, but I would be grateful 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 the race and it struck me as a noble cause.  The story behind the organization's beginning may remind many of you of the book Three Cups of Tea and the power of one person to make a difference.  You can read more about CWS at this link:

Last year alone, CWS helped more than 13,000 children obtain free health care, more than 500 children 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 5 birthday.  Your donation goes a long way in Nepal, for example:

$8 (£ 5) could help educate a Nepalese child by providing him/her 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 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  = £ 62
$250  = £ 155
If you would like to give other amounts, please feel free to use this site for currency conversion:
On May 21, 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 advised that the temperatures could be as high as 110 degrees.  We will be completely self-reliant running with camelbaks that will carry all of the food and water supply we need on the course.  There will be 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:


I am excited about this new adventure and inspired to use it to help others less fortunate.  I hope to share with you pictures and tales upon my return.  Thank you for your support!

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Raising money for



Charity Registration No. 1106156

Kidasha works to reduce the causes and impact of extreme poverty and social discrimination, stopping exploitation and violence against children in Nepal. We aim to enable all children to have an education, healthcare and a safer future. Post-earthquake, these children are in ever greater need.

Raising money for

Run by Kidasha

Charity Registration No. 1106156

Donations 55

Tamara, Good luck and God bless - this is wonderful that you are doing this.

Donation by Jason Linde on 21/05/10


Just under the deadline! Keep an eye out for hippos and rhinos.

Donation by Robert Rycroft on 20/05/10


Keep your whistle and GPS handy but I hope you won't need them! Good luck!

Donation by Pam Miller on 17/05/10


Donation by Brad Zinn on 06/05/10


Run! Run like the wind! Best of luck, looking forward to hearing about your adventure. Cheers!

Donation by Mike Dunlap on 06/05/10

Ok yol, dugonam!

Donation by AMF on 14/04/10


Donation by Brett Hayes on 30/03/10


Donation by John on 29/03/10

Donation by Nita Giroux on 29/03/10

Donation by anonymous on 19/03/10


Remember! 1 concession/pound on future press statements.

Donation by John Goldberg on 19/03/10


Keep running and making a difference!

Donation by Fred Morgan on 19/03/10


Good luck.

Donation by Suzanne Ley on 18/03/10

Best of luck!

Donation by John Hill on 12/03/10


Best wishes & good luck!

Donation by Monica Roth on 11/03/10


Kick butt and good luck!

Donation by Monica Swinney on 10/03/10

Good luck, Tamara!!!

Donation by Rebekah Solem on 08/03/10


Donation by Patricia Barr on 08/03/10


Run, Tamara, Run...thinking of you! Miles of smiles:)

Donation by Eric Pritchett on 05/03/10


Good Luck!!!

Donation by Jacqueline Sorrentino on 05/03/10



Donation by Larry Calhoun on 04/03/10


Lots of love and good wishes to our little world traveler!

Donation by Mom and Dad on 04/03/10

good luck

Donation by Kallok on 04/03/10


Donation by Michelle Fix on 01/03/10


Donation by Dan Howell on 01/03/10

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£3,164.00
  • Offline donations£50.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£3,214.00
  • Gift Aid£112.82

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