I’m Racing to Make a Difference – Can You Help?

September 9, 2008

The most rewarding part of our last sabbatical was the opportunity to do health care and community development work in the tiny rural Paraguayan community where we lived. It was a clear lesson for me in how important it is to make a difference when you can.

Today marks the official launch of Train for Humanity, a grassroots, non-profit humanitarian organization that combines getting fit with making a difference. I’m honored to be one of the co-founders of this unique project. There a few very simple ways in which you can help – I’d like to take a few minutes of your time to tell you how and why.

Train for Humanity raises funds and awareness for organizations that help alleviate the pain and suffering of children, orphans, and refugees who have been affected or displaced due to genocide or civil war.

Photo: Darfur Peace & Development Organization
Photo: Darfur Peace & Development Organization

Making a Difference for Kids In Darfur

For our first phase, 100% of the funds raised will go to the Darfur Peace and Development Organization. They run some truly remarkable programs.

Darfur is currently the scene of one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, the biggest U.N. aid operation, and the 21st century’s first genocide.

The civilian population has suffered systematic destruction of homes, agricultural land, livestock and wells, mass rape and displacement. More than 450,00 people have died.

How TFH Makes a Difference

TFH “everyday athletes” (like me) train and participate in endurance events, such as triathlons and marathons. The money they raise from sponsors online goes to humanitarian causes.

We rely on bloggers and social networking tools to spread the word – that keeps the overhead low, so we’re able to deliver 100% of the money raised directly to the cause.

How You Can Help

1. Sponsor Me

As one of the three pilot project “everyday athletes”, I’ll be running the Niagara Falls Half Marathon on October 26, 2008. You can sponsor my run here. All the funds will go to the Darfur Peace and Development Organization. Our goal is to raise $50,000.

2. Help Spread the Word

Helping isn’t just about money. If you have a blog, a website, a Facebook or Twitter account, or just an email address book, I’d like to ask you to take just a few moments of your time to post, Digg, Stumble, forward, tweet, email, or otherwise help spread the word about Train for Humanity. You can find pre-written blog posts, badges for your site/blog, and other easy word-spreading ideas right here.

3. Become a Participant

We’ll soon be opening TFH to other “everyday athletes”. Anyone with a desire to make a difference can participate – the only requirement is that you take part in an endurance event, such as running, walking, cycling, or swimming. The distance isn’t important. Some TFH participants will run marathons, others will walk a few miles, but they’ll all be making a difference. You can signup here.

Thank You For Your Help

I’m grateful for your contribution, whatever form it may take – a few minutes or a few dollars will make a difference.

Many thanks,


Learn More About:

The origins of TFH (a very cool story), via creator Mark Hayward

The Darfur on the DPDO website

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2 Responses to “I’m Racing to Make a Difference – Can You Help?”

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