On Saturday, May 23, I will be running a grassroots marathon around my neighborhood in Charlotte, NC to support the Valentino Achak Deng (VAD) Foundation and I need your help and support to keep me running! I would like to raise $750 to support this special organization during this world-wide pandemic caused by COVID-19.
The VAD Foundation was established as a result of the book What Is The What by Dave Eggers, a novelized version of the life and hardships of Valentino Achak Deng, a Lost Boy of Sudan. The organization focuses on empowering children, youth, and women in South Sudan by providing educational opportunities through sustainable initiatives, such as traditional education, farming, and vocational training.
COVID-19 has reached the war-torn country of South Sudan, with case numbers on the rise. This virus can devastate a country like South Sudan where there is little to no infrastructure, medical specialists, or health care facilities.
All funds raised during my run will go directly to the VAD Foundation's COVID-19 Relief Fund which will provide prevention and awareness education, as well as equipment such as masks to the communities of South Sudan.
To learn more about The VAD Foundation, and the incredible, moving story of Valentino Achak Deng visit: http://www.vadfoundation.org/