I plan on running the 2008 Comrades Marathon from Durban to Petermaritzburg, on June 15th. How I came about saying I’d do this race is somewhat comical and what started out as an empty promise has morphed into something that will be the biggest thing I have worked to achieve in my life so far.
I’m using this blog to inspire, motivate (myself and others), prove that non-runners can do this crazy race, fulfill my passion for writing, make people laugh (#2 passion), do something meaningful that benefits others, vent my frustrations, make new friends, make new runners and whatever else I can squeeze out of a web based thing, which until just recently I knew very little about.
I want to raise money. It can be per km or just a donation, however you want to break it down is up to you.
The beneficiary would be Reach for Recovery which is a non-profit organization whose program aims to supply practical and emotional support to breast cancer patients and their families, to enable them to make relevant personal decisions and to find the motivation for recovery with an optimal quality of life. They are also relatively small and so will benefit from every cent donated.
Why Reach For Recovery??
I have been blessed not having anyone close to me suffer from anything more serious than old age, until recently…
An amazing woman, who I had the great privilege of meeting and spending time with as part of her family, had been fighting breast cancer for the past 5 years and tragically lost her battle in January.
This is my tribute to Gemma (a comrades runner), whose love and dedication to her family motivated her to fight bravely, keeping her here for longer than most people anticipated, and who will be missed but never forgotten.
I have posted Reach For Recovery’s banking details on the Reach For Recovery page. I will also post them at regular intervals as part of my musings to remind everyone.
I know it’s a bit of a schlep without an automatic donation form but I’m not THAT clever yet!!
Reach for Recovery wants to be able to track where the money is coming from so please make the reference “reluctantrunner”, I would also like you to pop me a quick comment on my blog if you donate (unless you’d like to stay anonymous), so that I can see who is helping to push me the 89km’s from Durban to Pietermaritzburg…