I will be running my first ever 5K on April 20th at Prospect Park to raise money for CAMBA, a non-profit organization near and dear to my heart. A year after moving to the City, I really wanted to find ways to give back to the community and help those who are less fortunate. So, I decided to join CAMBA’s Junior Board. For those of you who are not familiar with CAMBA, its mission is to connect people with opportunities that enhance their quality of life. This means providing services to underprivileged people in NYC, such as public housing and after-school programs.
It might be hard to believe, but signing myself up for a 5K is something I never thought I would do. I know you might be thinking “Jiaqi, 5K is only like 3 miles. What’s the big deal?” Well, I am not a runner at all. I know I look fit and all, and I am not saying I am not… (*self pat on the back*) BUT, I have never run more than maybe 1.5 miles without having to walk at some point. In elementary school, the only reason I passed PE was likely because my teacher felt so bad for me, after seeing me almost die after a 200-meter run. Thanks to my 2017 new year resolution (obtaining a bikini body), I have gradually become a fitness junkie. So, I am happy to say that my elementary school days of failing PE is behind me, but running a 5K will still be a personal milestone!
I would appreciate it so so much if you could consider supporting me! I know my birthday is still three months away, but if you happened to want to get me something, please just give to the campaign instead.
Thank you again and please consider giving to CAMBA!
P.S. Anyone has recommendations on where I can get a good pair of running shoes…?
You can help keep a family from being evicted from their home or help break the generational cycle of poverty by assisting high school students to become the first in their family to attend college. It's easy - reach out to your friends and family to support you in the race.
CAMBA provides services that connect people with opportunities to enhance their quality of life. Our services reach more than 45,000 individuals and families each year, including 10,000 youth, and brings critical programs to a diverse cross section of New Yorkers, from new mothers in Brownsville to job seekers in the Rockaways. Your support makes it possible for CAMBA to keep families facing homelessness from being evicted, brings literacy classes and job training programs for immigrants and low-income adults, supports college prep programs to ensure our children are on track for a successful future. Your support also helps young people stay engaged and excel academically and, later, go on to enroll in college and many other life improving programs to better the lives of those in our community. Together, we can make a stronger Brooklyn.