Dear GRC -
I recently joined the Board of the Girls Gotta Run Foundation, Inc., an organization that raises money to provide support for impoverished Ethiopian girls who are training to be runners. On April 20, 2009, I will be running the 113th Annual Boston Marathon. I ran the marathon last year for personal reasons, but this year I have decided to give back and will be running to support "the girls."
I am thrilled to be running a prestigious race for an incredibly worthy cause. My goal is to raise $1,000 in sponsorship before the event and I would greatly appreciate contributions of any amount to help me achieve my goal. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
For years I have taken for granted my basic freedom to go to school, marry when I please, and run for fitness and pleasure. In Ethiopia, education is not guaranteed and girls often get married as adolescents. GGRF provides money for running shoes, training clothes, extra food ("calorie money"), coach subsidies, and other training-related expenses for young women training to be runners in Ethiopia. Training to be athletes allows them to stay in school, avoid early marriage, and gain personal independence.
To read more about the organization, please visit our website at: http://www.girlsgottarun.org/
You can donate by visiting my fundraising page at: http://www.firstgiving.com/sheenadahlke.
Thank you in advance for your consideration. Your help is truly appreciated!