Tuesday, July 14, 2009

In case you need something to run for . . .

Yesterday, I received an email from Hannah at Women to Women International asking me to help spread the word about a series of races that will support women and children in Congo.

Well, once I read some of the material that Hannah sent and that is available on their web site (here), I had to write about it right away. Sure, I'd read things here and there about the situation in Congo, and I'd heard a mention or two about the Oprah episode, but I guess I hadn't really paid attention.

So now I am. Now I'm getting more informed. And now I'm sharing some info with you. There are six Runs for Congo Women planned for this fall. If one is in a city near you, I encourage you to check it out! Here is the information on the series from Hannah:

Change Your Life. And Hers.

Join Women for Women International and stand up for women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo! Participate in a 2009 Run for Congo Women.

Run for Congo Women began with one woman’s determination to raise awareness about the dire situation in Congo and has become an international movement.

• More than 5.4 million people have died since 1998 in this conflict.
• Half of these deaths are children under the age of five.
• For women in Congo, brutal gang rape and torture are a daily reality.

Run for Congo Women is your opportunity to support these women and children as they rebuild their lives.

Visit www.runforcongowomen.org to learn more and register for one of the following runs today!

Morrison, CO - Saturday, September 19th

Portland, ORSaturday, September 19th

New York, NY - Saturday, September 26th

Tempe/Phoenix, AZ - Sunday, September 27th

Chicago, IL - Saturday, October 3rd

St. Louis, MO - Saturday, October 17th

By signing up today, you will support Women for Women International’s program in Congo, in which women receive direct assistance, rights awareness and job skills training that make it possible for them to start their own micro-enterprises. You also allow them to provide for their family and to regain their role as an active member of their community.

When you join us, you help spread this message: Congolese lives matter. The lives of Congolese women are significant. The lives of Congolese children are precious. We are running to help.


Run on! Oh, and if you do decide to sign up for one of the Run for Congo Women races, let me know! I want to be able to send you lots of good vibes :-)

~ Felice

17 comments:

Roisin said...

Oooo hey...I think I might be able to do that Chicago one! Will keep you posted.

ShutUpandRun said...

Wow what a cool thing and a great cause; I will definitely look into it.

lindsay said...

oh i got this email too! i need to get on my share of the 'pr'... :) definitely a good cause, i was totally unaware of what was going on - quite eyeopening.

D10 said...

Thanks for sharing. I had no idea. Great cause.

J said...

i wish i lived closer to one of those cities so I could run!

Denise said...

What a great cause. Too bad none of the runs are near me. :-(

Marlene said...

Sounds like a great series for an important cause. Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. Preppy Hoosier said...

Felice-
Thanks for the information. I live near Chicago and am definitely going to look into this run.

I am new to the blogging world. I have enjoyed reading your blog. Please check out mine.

Thanks.

Marci said...

Those sound like great races for a good cause, I love how running raises so much money for great causes!

joyRuN said...

Women for Women is a very good cause. We definitely have advantages as women in this country that others would only dream about. The atrocities that women/children in war-torn areas are unimaginable, so anything to help them is worthwhile.

joyRuN said...

PS - I'm running Richmond this fall. So far I've heard good things about the course :)

Laura said...

Looks like a good cause.

HEATHER said...

very cool! I have to thank you for this post, I recieved an email from Hannah too, and I thought it was more junkmail from craigslist so i never opened it! Now that I know what it is, I will be posting too. HAve a great week!

I Run for Fun said...

I may be able to do the NY one. Thanks for the info, Felice.

Abby said...

What a great use of your blog! I'm going read more about this.

Lori said...

I won't be around for any of the races, but what a great cause. I should try to do a post about this for Charity Mile. I need to learn more about it.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

i got an email on this too. no races in my home town though. booo.

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