Find 52: Sonya's Extra Mile
The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.
Benjamin Mays Civil Rights leader
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
T. S. Eliot Poet
Wait a minute. So, I’m running?
When I first met my husband nine years ago I couldn’t have imagined we’d start a literacy charity, let alone run – in admittedly a smaller capacity compared to Richard – as a Turtle in July 2017.
I’m not sure how he does it. Richard runs for hours on end, in extreme heat or punishing cold weather, and manages to keep going. I wish I had half his mental stamina – what we refer to as the “Treasure Chest.” But this year, I am determined to jump in and go the extra mile. I hope you’ll join me as a donor.
In 2018, we will continue to run the island of St Lucia with thousands of students in relay teams. Despite blistering heat and humidity and relentless hills, these kids are eager to show us how it really gets done – and many actually sprint! They don’t realize we’ve been running all day (and will carry on tomorrow, too) nor do they care. Ah, to be young again!
My goal is to have 52 names added to a scroll inserted into our special batons that will in fact be carried by St Lucia kids. A $20 pledge of support will see your name on this scroll. In effect, you’ll be going the distance with me this July.
It’s a modest fundraising goal – but it’s part of a much larger campaign vision to raise $52,000.
If Richard has taught me anything (as a runner!) it’s that we can always go further than ever thought possible. I have seen him, go mile after mile, without complaint. So, join me and you too can go the extra mile for literacy.
I am grateful to the following 2018 supporters:
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Shannon Moore; Danielle Holmes; Lana Button; Stacey Giffen; Cheryl Van Ooteghem; Kadri Jessop; Jen and Ian Rosa-Dupuis; Judy Cathcart; Sandra Levy; Angela Whetham; Janine Hotham; Anonymous; Lori Sherrit-Fleming; Jennifer Jager; Carolyn Mills; Mark Howe; Crystal and Mark Pellizzari; Susan Cook; Kari-Lynn Winters; Peggy Collins; Mary Ellen Belanger