Today I bought a cup of coffee that cost more than millions of people in the Horn of Africa make in a day. Surviving on $2 a day is mind-boggling. Surviving in the midst of drought, food shortages and armed conflict is unimaginable. The reports coming out of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya are tragic. And when your child comes from there, has family there, the crisis becomes deeply personal.
I have decided to respond to this humanitarian emergency by running in the Detroit ½ marathon on October 16th to raise funds for families in desperate need of water, health care, food, protection and hope. I have chosen to fundraise with Glimmer of Hope, a non-profit that is working with groups on the ground in Ethiopia. Glimmer’s partner organizations, which include Mercy Corps, GOAL and Save the Children, are providing vital services for the Somali refugees streaming into Ethiopia and for Ethiopians living in drought stricken areas. 100% of all donations to Glimmer of Hope will be sent directly to Ethiopia. A separate endowment pays for administrative costs for the agency.
My goal is to raise $1310 ($100/mile). I would be honored if you sponsored a portion of my run. Together we can help address the overwhelming need facing the people in the Horn of Africa.
Watch this video to learn more about A Glimmer of Hope.