Hello family and friends,
Thank you for visiting my Run for RISE fundraising page. As many of you know, last year I completed my first Chicago Marathon. This year, I wanted to pour my "sweat equity" into something much larger than just me, and use my efforts to promote a far greater cause. For that reason, I am running the 2009 Chicago Marathon on October 11 as part of a team in order to raise funds for RISE International and the children of Angola.
RISE International was founded in response to the overwhelming needs of Angolan refugees. The mission of RISE is to build elementary schools in Angola Africa where 27 years of civil unrest and war (which just ended in 2002) has destroyed the infrastructure of the country and currently 3.5 million children have no school to attend.
IMAGINE THAT…the basic human right of education that we all take for granted is not available to 3.5 million children. Can you imagine if that was you…or your children??? I can’t, and that is why I have chosen to do my very small part for this great cause, and I invite you to join me.
This Run for RISE offers an opportunity for all of us to make an impact on some of those Angolan children who have no school to attend. Our team of 30 RISE Runners has set a goal to raise $80,000 in order to build one new school in Angola. Each school provides the opportunity for 800 new children to learn. In other words, for every $100 donated to the cause, another child will have opportunities that we have all taken for granted.
My personal goal is to raise at least $7,000 for this cause; with your help, I am confident we can do that and more.
I understand that economic times are difficult now, but I know that many of us are so blessed and have been afforded opportunities that others can only dream of. So, I ask, most humbly that you make whatever contribution you are capable of making. No donation is too small, and all are very appreciated. Every donation is 100% tax deductible, and 100% of the money goes to building schools as RISE has a local team of volunteers in Angola to assure that the money is being used properly.
Are you ready to join the Run for Rise Team? Listen to your heart and take action now - make a donation by clicking on the "SPONSOR US NOW" button at the top or bottom of the page.
To learn more about the needs in Angola and how RISE is helping, watch the video to the left, and visit RISE International at www.riseinternational.org.
Do something to be a part of this opportunity. And please forward this on to others who want to get on the Rise team.
Thank you in advance for your support!