From my personal experience I can tell you that in the four years I lived in South Africa I have watched this center grow from a ceramics studio offering art projects to children in the area to a fully fledged community center offering children an opportunity to learn and grow that they would otherwise never receive. In a country like South Africa, as in all countries, early childhood development is going to be the key to its future, and it is important that funding and attention is giving to such initiatives.
So we will run 56 miles, in the spirit of a butterfly (ibhabhatane), and I ask you to help give wings to these children and myself. It costs US$1750 per month to run the Center, so our goal is to cover the costs for at least a year. Whatever you can give will be appreciated, you could give a dollar per mile, or a dime per mile, whatever you have will go many more miles than what I can run, I can assure you of that!
The children will also run their own marathon on race day! We will keep you updated on our fundraising progress, and afterwards will be sure to be in touch regarding exactly where all the money is going and how the children are learning and growing throughout their time at the center.
This is a special experience and I am reaching out to you to help me be a part of a truly amazing race, and an important cause that I strongly believe in. The money will go directly to the community center, and 30% of the money raised will go into a travel fund to get me to the race!
Please let me know if you have any questions or want more information. I will leave you with a famous South African proverb, "Umuntu, ngumuntu, ngabantu"; "people are people
because of other people", I urge you to help be a part of these children's lives, and help contribute to a wonderful cause.
For more information you can check out Ibhabhathane's webpage page: http://ibhabhathane-cc.weebly.com/.
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