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For those of you who don't know me, I'm Brittany Salmon. I am a newlywed as of Sept. 18, 2010, a graduate student until May 2011, and I work in a missions office in Wake Forest, NC.
Last year I had the opportunity of running my first marathon on behalf of Samaritan's Purse's Be the Virus Campaign (you can read more about my fundraising project here and the Be the Virus campaign here). It was an amazing experience and I’m excited to partner Team Samaritan’s Purse again in 2011.
So what exactly am I doing, you ask? I’d love to tell you…
What am I doing?: I’m running the Flying Pigs Marathon in Cincinnati, OH on May 1st, 2011.
Who for?: Samaritan's Purse is an awesome organization. I have always been thoroughly impressed with the work that they're doing. Unfortunately while I'm still in school I am limited in how involved I can be, yet I am not comfortable with doing absolutely nothing. I enjoy running, so I figured I would push myself and do something challenging to try to raise money for a greater cause while doing so.
What am I raising money for?: This year I’m running to raise money for clean water projects in the country of Uganda. Here is some information from the Samaritan’s Purse Country Director in Uganda on the project:
Kihuura is a sub-county in Western Uganda that has a population of 37,000 people. It is the worst served sub-county in the area, with safe water coverage currently standing at 19%. High illiteracy levels have compounded the water problem by trapping community members in a cycle of poor health and high poverty. Despite various development interventions, a large gap still exists in the water and sanitation sector. Samaritan’s Purse Uganda seeks to intervene in this situation by implementing a Community WASH Project (Water And Sanitation and Hygiene education) that will greatly improve quality of life by providing 100% water, sanitation and hygiene coverage at community and household level. Different WASH interventions will be implemented in each community depending on the specific need and gap in services – these may include but will not be limited to deep well construction, shallow well rehabilitation, spring protection, rain water harvesting, dish drying racks, bathing shelters, ventilated pit latrines and hand washing stations.
As you can see, there is a huge need for work to be done in Uganda and Samaritan’s Purse is stepping up to make a difference!
Every 20 seconds, another child dies from a lack of life's basic necessity.
Providing clean water, coupled with heath and hygiene education, is perhaps the most preventative measure we can take in keeping our world from infectious disease. Every day, 6,000 people—most of them children—die from dirty water. It's a staggering statistic when we consider how vital clean water is to our daily existence. That's why Samaritan's Purse works to provide a thirsty world with clean water. Whether it's drilling freshwater wells in Bolivia's highlands or teaching health and hygiene education in a Honduras slum, all of these efforts aim to point people to the "living water" found in Jesus Christ. Samaritan’s Purse engages a multifaceted approach by providing, purifying, and protecting water.
You can read more about their projects here: Turn on the Tap
Right now, I am not at a point in my life where I can personally go overseas and help point people to the “living water” while meeting their physical need for clean water. One day, I pray that I will have the opportunity to live overseas and share the Gospel with people who have never heard it, but for now I am doing what I can to be a part of God’s movement overseas. During this phase of life, I can run. I can run and encourage others to run beside me by praying for the Uganda WASH project and considering making a donation.
What can YOU do?: No worries, I’m not asking you to run with me, although I would LOVE that. I’m asking you to partner with me. Educate yourself on the greater world that surrounds us. Be aware of physical and spiritual needs that YOU can meet by partnering with Evangelical organizations like Samaritan’s Purse. And lastly, consider making a donation to Samaritan’s Purse’s Community WASH Project in Uganda. My goal is $3000. Last year, I shot for $1000 and brought in $2080. So this year I thought I would dream bigger and see what the Lord does! If I surpass that, Praise God! If not, “Every action, no matter how small, can bring about change.”
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support this fundraising effort. :)
Friends and family, thank you for supporting me! I am so excited to see what we can accomplish together!
Ps. you can keep up with my training through my blog and/or twitter account: