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April 12, 2011

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Veronica Williams


Hey everyone,
I've become mildly addicted to running marathons, but aside from my own self-gratifying runner's high, I also find it an incredibly great opportunity to raise money for a charity rather than solely pay a registration fee and do my own thing. I figure, if I'm going to be running 26.2 miles, why not channel the time and energy invested in preparation for the betterment of at-risk youth in the Bay Area, something not only pertinent on a geographical scale, but indicative of the kind of initiative we should ALL be taking nationwide, whether you run a marathon or not. If you have a dollar, a penny, or you wanna be a pal and donate 500 (just sayin'), ANYTHING helps. My charity of choice is the "Guardsmen, a group of Bay Area men mobilizing their significant talents and resources to enhance and improve the lives of at-risk youth."

Here's a little info about the organization in general, as well as a link to the official page:

This all-volunteer organization, founded in 1947, provides access to high-quality educational and outdoor activities for inner-city youth. The opportunities created through The Guardsmen’s scholarship and campership programs mean that every year kids who otherwise would not have a chance at success are given the opportunity to excel as productive members of society. Sometimes that support means giving kids a chance to “just be kids,” by giving them their first experience to hike, bike, or play a game of softball in the great outdoors. Sometimes that support means the difference between attending a low-performing public school, and access to a higher-quality private education and the life-changing course such an opportunity creates.
The Guardsmen make a life-changing difference in the lives of at-risk youth by raising funds for scholarship, campership and other youth programs.
Thanks again for making an impact, and in general, being rad.
Veronica :)



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