Thursday, May 2, 2013

Girls Gotta Run Foundation/ Activyst Campaign

Back in March I wrote about volunteering for the Girls Gotta Run Foundation, which helps support and empowers Ethiopian women runners and their communities.

I am excited to announce that since then, I have been offered and accepted a position on the Board of Directors for GGRF. I am thrilled to officially be a part of GGRF and to help further the incredible work that they do.

Right now there are just three days left in an awesome campaign through Activyst. You can see all of the details here, but basically you make a donation to the campaign, and then in return get an incredible active bag (or you can choose one of the other awesome bags available). The money being raised through this campaign helps girls around the world play sports. The first $25,000 raised was for Soccer Without Borders in Nicaragua, the second $25,000 raised was for Soccer Without Borders in Uganda, and the last $25,000 will go to sponsor the first ever female running coach in Bekoji, Ethiopia!!

As of right now, $62,321 of the $75,000 goal has been raised, and there are only THREE DAYS LEFT.

Did you know that a girl who plays sports -

  • Is less likely to get pregnant or engage in risky sexual behavior
  • Is less likely to stay in an abusive relationship
  • Has reduced risk of breast cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and other chronic diseases
  • Achieves higher levels of education, and does better in school and work
  • Gains confidence, positive body image, resilience, and leadership skills
  • Is less likely to suffer from depression
Bekoji is a small farming town in the Ethiopian Highlands with an astonishing record of developing long distance runners. It has produced some of the world’s greatest distance runners under the direction of Coach Sentayehu, including Olympic medalists Tirunesh Dibaba, Kenenisa Bekele and Deratu Tulu.

The Girls Gotta Run Foundation is supporting six female athletes and the training and funding of Bekoji’s first-ever female coach. 

Fatia Abdi Kadir is 22 years old. She says, “I want to help develop the best athletes. I feel good about being a female coach. There are no girl coaches here so that makes me feel special.”
Coach Fatia
 What can you do? You can go to Activyst and support this wonderful campaign and to get an awesome bag. Get one for yourself. Get one for a friend. Get one for a woman athlete in your life. Get one for your daughter, or for your mom.  Then help spread the word. Please share the link on your blog, facebook, twitter, etc. We have three days left to make this happen!

Thanks for your help! More soon. :)


L.A. Runner said...

You go, girl! :) said...

This is awesome what you are doing!

fancy nancy said...

They picked a great person!! Off to check it out!

greengirlrunning said...

Just made a donation and put links to this post and the donation page on my post today :) Congrats on becoming a board member! That's fantastic!

Christina Williams said...

Many congrats Erin on this positions - this sounds like a really good fit for you and them. I will have to check out more about this organization!

Suz and Allan said...

Congratulations on this position!