Monday, August 25, 2008

a very special August 25th post

I have been meaning to post about a cause that has really moved me and which I want/need to learn more about. It's called See Them Run and it involves three people (to men and woman) who have very recently run 4200 kilometres (the equivalent of a marathon a day for 100 days of running) in order to raise half a million dollars. From their website:

Why Africa? There are two reasons…

1) To fundraise and support sustainable educational projects in Namibia, Zambia and Tanzania — the three countries SEE-THEM-RUN will go through. This continent’s downward cycle of poverty, famine and disease has wreaked havoc on all facets of society. However, the benefit of education can help future African generations. All donations for SEE-THEM-RUN will be collected in partnership with Athletes for Africa.

At the conclusion of the campaign, with the support of Athletes for Africa, proposals will then be accepted, with the funds subsequently being distributed to locally led organizations in Namibia, Zambia and Tanzania that empower youth through education.

2) To simply show people that it can be done.

Sure, there are areas of Africa that are unsafe to travel, but every major urban center in the developed world has ‘no go’ zones.

SEE-THEM-RUN will demonstrate that Africa too is a place where real people live real lives, and where, if you want to go for a 4,200km jog, you are more than welcomed to.

About the Lions: Don’t worry about them, they are further north.

This is an incredible feat that these courageous young runners just completed last Monday as they reached the Indian Ocean. If you are interested, you should check out their website at It's pretty amazing to follow the adventure via their blog entries.


What's the point of this? Your guess is as good as mine...


In the disc player/on the iPod lately has been Sigur Ros, Justin Rutledge, the new Sam Roberts, the new live John Mayer (killer guitar chops), and Mark Knopfler.

Other than the plug for See Them Run, there's nothing that actually made this post any more special than any of my other posts. I am running out of creative titles for my posts...

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