Run for Congo Women 2010

Hello everybody!

I hope that the onset of summer is putting smiles on your faces and yummy foods on your tables. It is still a bit gray and rainy in Portland, but I won’t complain because I love the rain. That’s why the Pacific Northwest has such wonderful fruits, vegetables, and green forests!!!

Anyways… On June 26th, my friends and I are taking part in Portland’s 2010 Run for Congo Women. Our team is “Go Vegan!” (clever, huh?) and we will be running a challenging 5K on a forested trail. The funds raised by all participants will benefit the women of Congo and help raise some much needed awareness about the devastation happening in the Congo.  If you are not familiar with the atrocities, you can watch the video below. Lisa Shannon, the creator of Run for Congo Women and author of “A Thousand Sisters” speaks about the suffering in the Congo and her journey toward helping women and children in the Congo. She is absolutely amazing and I encourage everybody to watch the video.

I have set up a fundraising website and I hope that fellow bloggers/readers will donate some funds to help the women and children of the Congo. I would LOVE to surpass my goal of $250. I know funds are tight for many of us (including myself) but this is such a worthy cause – I promise. Please consider making a donation. You will be helping women and children who need our love and support. I will mail a set of handmade cards (made by me) to each person who makes a donation. Just leave me a comment on this post letting me know you made a donation and I will contact you to arrange for shipping of the cards (make sure you leave a valid e-mail address). Thanks so much!

Oh! And if anybody has any training tips for a 5K run (stretches, food to eat before the run, maintaining a good pace, etc.) please let me know!