Marathon Training Issue #9: Running for Charity — “Um, So How do I do that?”

Earlier this year I heard about the financial struggles faced by Womenspace, a domestic violence resource located in Eugene Oregon. Services provided by Womenspace include crisis intervention, advocacy, and education. The financial struggles forced Womenspace to close its walk-in advocacy program. When I heard this I wanted to help but was unsure how.

I began a fundraising drive with IR4C.COM. Through this platform you can make  tax deductible contributions Womenspace. I know for many people the economy is hard right now. But domestic violence does not go away in a bad economy. My guess is that it gets worse.

I was, and still am, raising money for Womenspace. I cashed out the first round of donations, which was $74… that went directly to Womenspace. When I ran the Eugene Half Marathon, I wore a Womenspace shirt to help promote them. I felt like I worked hard… but, how do I raise more money for this next marathon in Canby? If you have not heard of Fauja Singh, he has raised thousands of dollars for charity through his marathon runs.

Fauja Singh,

“His last [race] before complete retirement (he will continue jogging for leisure I am sure) will be the 10-K at the Hong Kong Marathon on 24 February,” Harmander Singh wrote in an e-mail to Runner’s World Newswire. “He is honoring a commitment and was invited to run again, being the highest charity fundraising individual last year (HKD $104,000).”–Runner’s World

Granted, being 101 would be a great attention getter… but Womenspace needs money now, and I won’t 101 for over half a century.

So how do I raise $100s or $1000s for Womenspace considering I am not 101-years-old? Your comments, suggestions, and help are appreciated.

2 thoughts on “Marathon Training Issue #9: Running for Charity — “Um, So How do I do that?”

  1. You’re doing exactly the right thing as you are, I think. Keep at it! For me, who intended to donate, but didn’t, this means there’s still a chance. Also, you’ve built credibility which helps even more.

    A suggestion: tell a story of the shelter in your words. Your sincerity helps. One of my favorite bloggers, (The Fat Cyclist) also has a relatively recent article (last 3 months, I think) talking about how he went from just blogging about cycling to that PLUS fund-raising for cancer. One key that gave him credibility was his personal story. Hopefully, you don’t have a story as harrowing as his (his wife died of cancer), but your personal sincerity and whatever connection you have/feel helps, even if it’s a fancier version of, “I think of it and cry”.

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