A Running Start is a young foundation with a mission of improving the lives of young East Africans through sport. The organization sponsors schools and training camps in Kenya and remote regions of Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Uganda to identify and develop promising student athletes and to help them earn scholarships to US universities. It’s an unusual approach. Karl Keirstead, A Running Start’s founder, explains: “To really alter lives in Africa, an organization needs either a very large budget (which we don’t have), or needs to target fewer but high-impact individuals. Individuals who, by putting a bit of wind in their sail, can take off.” Instead of touching the lives of many people superficially, A Running Start changes the lives of a smaller number profoundly.
On June 27 and 28, I’m taking part in the 150-mile Cape Cod Getaway bike ride to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Central New England chapter.
Most of us take for granted the ability to choose (or choose not) to go for a walk, a ride, or a run. Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body, making it increasingly difficult or impossible to do these or any physical activity. 14,000 people in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, 400,000 in the US, and 2.5 million worldwide suffer from MS. The National MS Society funds research into a cure and helps people with MS and their families move forward with their lives.
Your gift would support this work in central New England.
To contribute, please visit my personalized fundraising page. Your donation goes directly to NMSS.
If you prefer to pay by check, please make it out to NMSS-CNE and write my name on the memo line. NMSS asks that I collect and forward all checks, so please mail it to my address.
1481 Union St
Manchester, NH 03104
On July 26, I’ll be racing in the New York City Triathlon to benefit A Running Start Foundation, which works to improve the lives of young east Africans through sport. East Africa is home to some of the world’s greatest running talent, but it is also stricken by poverty and war. The Foundation’s mission is to harness this talent to allow more East Africans to earn a U.S. university education from their athletic gift, to leverage sports to inspire local children to stay in school, and to enable more talented young athletes to earn a living from the sport.
Your generous support would make a real difference in many young lives.
To make a dontation, please visit my personalized fundraising page. Your donation goes directly to the foundation.
If you prefer to pay by check, please make it out to A Running Start Foundation, write my name on the memo line, and mail it to:
A Running Start Foundation
315 Bleeker Street, Suite 291
New York, NY 10014