Most people I'm connected with know that I've been a runner my entire life. Many also know that I grew up in a very active, outgoing, and giving faith community that not only instilled a spirit of altruism and charity in me but also was a community with strong ties to Haiti with their outreach in Borgne that would eventually grow into the organization now known as HOPE.
The stories from HOPE and Haiti have always been a great inspiration to me, which is certainly a contributing reason to why it is my great honor and privilege to be able to write that this year I’ve been selected as one of forty runners to participate in 5th annual Run Across Haiti (RAH) 2019 fund raising event. This seems to be a perfect combination of my love or running and charity that ties back to a source of inspiration for me from my childhood.
RAH is part of a poverty ending mission by Work (formerly Team Tassy) that is preparing and placing families in Haiti into good dignified jobs. Their goal is to show that Haiti is not a place to fear or to pity and to help locals get out of poverty via good jobs and education. They have been at work in a community outside of Port-au-Prince called Menelas and are already making a difference in quite a few families lives
But what is RAH? Quite simply 40 runners will be running across the entire country of Haiti, around 220 miles, from the north coast near Cap-Haitien to the south coast near Jacmel over a period of 8 days in mid-February. It will be our privilege to experience much of the beautiful country on foot, to bring back stories of our adventure, and most importantly to bring back an appreciation for and stories of Haiti and its people.
As part of the run each of us are asking for donations that will go to Work, and the families they support in Haiti. So please consider making a donation, as I (and the other runners) need your help in meeting my (our) fund raising goal. Every little bit counts, and please don’t forget to get your company to match your donations.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for any support you can give, and thank you from the Work organization and Menelas Families!