In The Spirit Of Christmas, And Kindness……

Most charity and donation pages start with an intro that says “I need your help,” but I’ll be honest, I don’t need your help. I am however, asking.

Four years ago, myself and good friend Anna Boom, helped to raise funds for a member of our women’s trail running group. This member’s son was diagnosed with leukemia while living on one of the US military bases in Japan, and sadly, passed away before he saw his 9th birthday. The money that Anna and I were able to donate didn’t save his life, but it helped by contributing towards ongoing medicals costs. We didn’t do much but we did something, and as little as that something was, it helped.

I have an opportunity to do something again, this time for a member of the gym I work at; his name is David Pretorius, and in 2010 his three children were in a horrific head-on car collision.

His eldest daughter Alexandra, survived the crash but still deals with significant emotional trauma. His four year old son, Adam, lost his life on the roadside in front of his sisters. And his middle child, Holly, somehow miraculously survived but is now confined to a wheelchair, for what doctors say is forever.

David is not buying into that prognosis! Ever since that day, he has been raising money to help support the Spinal Cord Injury Research Facility at Auckland University, through the charity of which he is now a trustee, the Catwalk Trust (www.catwalk.org.nz). He is whole-heartedly committed to serving this cause, and driven by the ground-breaking work they’re doing to get people (like Holly) walking again.

I want to help. I have always made the claim that “I run because I can!” What I am inferring, is that I am mindful of and grateful for a body that functions and moves as it should, and I do my best to not take that privilege lightly. In line with that mindset, and the gift of being able to use my legs – to run, walk, move about freely – I am running the entire Auckland Half Marathon series this summer in the hopes of raising money for the Catwalk Trust.

In the spirit of Christmas and kindness, please consider coming alongside me to support my efforts. For every half marathon I run (there are five in the series), I am donating $50. But you can donate as little or as much as you like, and for just one race or all five. Any amount will be received with much gratitude, and it’s as easy as going here to my charity page and clicking the ‘Give Now’ button.

Thank you in advance, and from myself and all those involved with the Catwalk Trust, have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

it means a lot!

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