The San Francisco Marathon
Thanks for visiting my fundraising page. I've been donating to WaterAid for about 10 years now and thought I would use the upcoming SF Marathon as an opportunity to raise money for this excellent charity.
WaterAid uses the most basic technologies - a hand-dug well with a hand pump is high tech for these guys - to supply clean water and sanitation facilities to regions where rainfall is scarce or infrequent. The projects are cheap, and simple enough to be built and maintained by locals. The majority of their efforts are focused on rainwater harvesting and building simple sand dams on or just underneath the surface.
I choose to give to WaterAid because it helps the most helpless - the very poorest and the very youngest. Every day four thousand of the world's poorest children die from lack of access to clean water - when I stop and think about it, when I try to compare that number to the people I know and interact with in my day to day life, I'm staggered by the sheer magnitude of it. These people are the least fortunate, the least able to fend for themselves. We're among the most privileged people in the world - if we can't help them, who will?
As I said, I've been supporting this charity in my own small way for the past 10 or so years. If doing likewise sounds like something you can see yourself doing, here's your chance to combine it with the enjoyment of watching me suffer. I'll be running the SF Marathon for the first time this coming July and since - unfortunately - vodka tonics don't make good running fuel, it's going to be a struggle. Still, I hope to finish in under 3:30:00 - and I'm going to donate $100 for every minute I run under that time, with a minimum donation of $500 in the likely event reality catches up to me and the run takes me far longer to complete.The picture on this page was taken in late February on an early training run, from across the Golden Gate bridge by the way.
I don't have a fundraising goal in mind; any amount you feel comfortable giving is appreciated. To give you a couple of points of reference, ~$25 is enough to provide a person with clean water for life, and one of the hand pumps I described above costs about $100 all-in. Donating through this website is simple, fast and secure; it's also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. Many thanks for your support - and please don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too.