As a number of my fellow Nashvillians may know, Ellie’s Run for Africa is coming up on Saturday May 21st. In case you’re not familiar with the run, it is a 5K that was started right here in Nashville. Proceeds from the race will go to help impoverished children in Africa.
What’s most remarkable about this event is that it was created 7 years ago by a 10 year old girl named Ellie. She had seen some photos of mothers in Africa who could not afford to feed their children. These children were so poor that they didn’t even have the opportunity to go to school.
Heart-broken, this 10 year old girl decided to do what none of the adults around her would. She took action. The result is what is now the 7th annual race and family fun day. In the past 7 years, Ellie has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for schools, uniforms, books and other health and education-related needs in the slums of Africa.
Ellie is now 17 and has been to Africa four times.
In efforts to help spread the word and help this great organization, I’ve decided to join up with them as an Ellie’s Run Sprinter. Since I’ve got flat feet and I’m built like a brick, I won’t be “sprinting” in the race, per se. What I am doing, however, is asking for you all to help us out.
You can join my team by donating $25; enough to help 1 child in Africa go to school. Think about that. For the price of a Blu Ray that you’ll watch once and forget about, you can send a child to school for an entire year. That’s pretty significant.
If you’ve already donated, or you don’t have the cash right now, then that’s totally fine! What you can do to help us is spread the word. Re-tweet this post, forward it to a friend, Like it on Facebook, and so on. Thank you all so much for your help.