Hi friends! Please remember to register for the 11th Annual Grace Race online through OnYourMarxRacing here or download a paper application and mail it with a check to the address shown on the application (see right sidebar of this page for link to application). The race is on Saturday Oct. 4th at 10 AM and you won’t want to miss it. Tell your friends who like to run or walk. If you want to volunteer to help, you are most welcome. Please register online as a volunteer so we can contact you.
If you sign up to run or walk, don’t forget to ask friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to sponsor you. It’s optional but we encourage it! You can download a paper pledge sheet (old school, but it works well and many people still opt for it) or use one of our online fund-raising options. Speaking of fund-raising … think back to your middle-school or high-school years. Perhaps you took a shop class or a “home economics” class where you learned some basic skills, created woodworking projects (hand-made Christmas gifts for the family?) and made use of the school’s set of tools. Maybe you attended a vocational high school where you had more advanced training in something like welding, auto mechanics, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, computers/IT, cooking, etc. The One27 Academy in Naivasha, Kenya that you each helped us build has been up and running since January 2013 thanks to your support. About 75 kids live there and an additional group of teens from the community attend classes there during the day; their tuition fees, in addition to money donated through the OneChild sponsorship program to support kids who live on site, help offset day-to-day operational costs. The money raised at this year’s Grace Race will be used to purchase equipment for the various vocational training programs to be offered at the Academy. With the unemployment rate as high as 50% or more in Kenya and no welfare system for the jobless, having a job skill is extremely important. We want to do all we can here in the US to provide these boys and girls with the resources (tools, training, teachers) they need to become successful self-sufficient adults. While some of the best students will go on to college in Kenya, a large number will seek jobs in the local community. That is why this training and equipment is so vital. We’ve set a goal of raising $20K for vocational training equipment this year. Will you partner with us to make it happen? If each you can ask 4 or 5 friends for a small donation, we will meet or exceed our goal. If you want to make a positive life-changing impact on some needy kids by doing something you enjoy – running or walking – here’s your chance. Thanks for reading, enjoy the summer, start training, and see you on October 4th!