I’m Heather from Just A Colorado Gal.
I’m wicked thankful to MizFit for allowing me to take over her blog for a day. You see, I’m embarking on a huge adventure in the coming months, and I’d really like to ask y’all for some help!
I have signed on as a volunteer with a non-profit called Mission 29.2.
Along with the other volunteers, I will be heading down to Haiti in January, 2013, to run a 29.2 mile race. The purpose of the event? To raise some funds for a cooperating school in a town called Ouanaminthe. As you may have guessed, the school situation in Haiti was never ideal to begin with, but Ouanaminthe received a large portion of refugees who survived the 2010 earthquake. This influx of people strained their resources even further and the education situation is more abysmal than it was before.
Lots of locals will come out to run the race with us, and Mission 29.2 provides cash prizes to the top 3 local winners. The non-profit also hires locals to support the race (providing water stations, etc.) in order to filter a bit more money into the town. In short, the entire 29.2 road race was developed to support the people and children of the Ouanaminthe community.
Honestly, running 29.2 miles terrifies me! I have finished a handful of half marathons and intended to complete my first marathon this month. However, a knee injury sidelined my summer training schedule, so I’ll be making the jump from 13.1 miles to 29.2 without a stopover at the 26-mile-marker. No big deal….right?!
Now, here is where you come in!
Through my affiliation with Columbia Sportswear, I have already received a generous donation, but I still have a ways to go. I’d love to dominate my $1000 fundraising goal. So how can you help? There are two different methods:
- Go to my personal volunteer link and donate whatever you can afford. I completely understand that money isn’t floating around everywhere, but even $5 or $10 helps me enormously! http://www.volunteerforever.com/volunteer_profile/heatherbalogh
- My dear friend Will Rochfort Jr. is a spectacular photographer who also happens to have a ridiculously huge heart. He has offered to donate all the proceeds from his photography website to my cause.
I totally understand that things are tight for everyone, but even $5 helps.
And y’all, I’d appreciate your help more than you know! Thank you in advance!!
Heather Balogh is the blogger behind Just A Colorado Gal, a blog dedicated to loving and living life, Colorado style! Heather prefers to stay active through outdoor sports including running, cycling (road and mountain), mountaineering, backpacking, skiing, and snowshoeing. She also loves to travel so this Haiti trip seemed like the perfect way to combine two of her passions. You can also find her on Twitter: @AColoradoGal.