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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, espn.com

“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.

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Running for Charity

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.

Being a graduate student does not shower me with extra funds. I enjoy running most of the time although I don’t like running in the rain… which is a challenge in the Pacific Northwest. In addition, running in a marathon is one of my “bucket list” goals.

Although I do not have extra money to give… I can run. And with this platform through IR4C.COM I am able to run, bring attention to Womenspace, and also raise some funds to help with their domestic violence services. There is nothing super human about me. I am an average person wanting to make a difference, no matter how big or small it may be.

Whether you know me and want to support me, or if you know Womenspace and think this is a cool way to support them, I hope you will make a financial donation to support Womenspace through my races.

Your contribution is tax deductible. 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.

So whether you can give a couple hundred pennies or a few thousand dollars, know that anything will help. Seriously, thank you.

Individual donors and business sponsors can make donations online through: IR4C.COM (I RACE FOR CAUSE).

If you have questions, feel free to ask me.

Marathon Training Issue #6: Running For Charity?

Greetings faithful readers! As you know, I am taking foster care classes with my wife. In addition, I will be running in my first FULL marathon this December. On top of all that I am in the middle of writing my masters paper. Earning a masters degree has bogged down a lot of my “change the world” hopes and dreams. I’m stuck reading and reading and reading without doing much of anything to actually make a difference. Foster care will, of course, make a big difference to people when my wife and I get to that point. Continue reading Marathon Training Issue #6: Running For Charity?