The Dreaded Charity Runner
Fundraising is challenging. I will tell you the exact reason why because most people already have their minds made up about donating to charity before you even approach them.
Fundraising is especially difficult when you're a charity runner especially when you run for charity often. After awhile some people your social circle get tired of you campaigning. Asking the same individuals for donations, so many times you feel like it's wrong asking them for more money.
That leaves me in a predicament I'm in right now.
Last year I signed up to be a charity runner for the Pixie Dust challenge for the new 2017 Tinker Bell half marathon weekend. I struggled for months I didn't get any donations I was only donating money myself.
I went to See's Candies, and I spent over $200 of my own money to buy fundraiser candy. Only to discover someone had been stealing chocolate when my husband brought it to work.
Then to make things worse, we had a storm, and where I live anytime, the weather is bad ants come in no matter what we do. They got into the candy and destroyed almost all of it.
What was left was stolen yet again, and that was a real kicker. I could've just donated that cash myself. I thought if I had bought the candy I would've been able to make every single cent that I wanted to raise that way.
Things turned around for me when I was on the boards in a runners group I made a joke. People liked it. So I put up my fundraising link, and it worked. I got a lot of donations from that thread.
I did not make enough to cover it all. Though. When that thread died down my donations slowed down. I was struggling I tried hosting a raffle that no one entered. I wrote a dozen of emails to brands and inquiries to local businesses. Nothing came of it.
I got donations when I laid out my case and pleaded with people online though. I think they could tell how important the charity was and how much I believed in it. I made my goal early and worked harder to exceed it which I did.
Now I'm going to tell you about the charity I ran for and why it's so important to support charity runners. We train at for least twelve weeks. I trained for six months. I ran two and a half to fourteen miles in excessive heat during a drought up and down the same loop that was less than half a mile.
I did this with severe back and hip pain. Sick. Healthy. Rain (hardly ever there was a drought) and shine. I never missed a run. I lifted weights to 3 days a week as well. My long runs, once they exceeded 9 miles, took me over 3 hours. I ran five days a week. No excuses.
Charity runners are on the hook. If they do not raise the money, they are obligated to pay the difference.
That is absolutely a walk in the park compared to anything a child with cancer endures.
I did this all for a non-profit, Kellsie's Hope Foundation. Kellsie Marchbanks founded it during her second battle with cancer.
She started this nonprofit from her hospital bed, and all she wanted to do was help other kids and families that had cancer.
Kellsies Hope gives children with cancer a much-needed vacation. Gifts that maybe the child couldn't have because the parents can't afford it or because of they have cancer. They raise money for research to help support research. And they also give out a nursing scholarship each year.
Watch the video they donate toys children's hospitals. Easter baskets. You name it they do it.
Read this it's just one amazing thing Kellsies Hope has done.
Kellsies Hope does so much.
Cancer is one of the most screwed up things in this universe. The fact it happens to children just makes it even worse. I just think it's the worst thing in the world when children get sick it's not fair.
Despite the fact I have a large following on social media, I have over 3000 Instagram followers I have over 5500 Twitter followers between those two early 9000 followers. I've raised five dollars.
I do not know if people are just not reading my posts or what?
I think you could put yourself in these kids shoes we were all children at some point, so we all remember what it's like to be a little kid and be sick. Could you imagine being sick every day of your life or being sick every day for years? That's not fair.
I know money's tight for people I understand that all too well. A lot of people are struggling right now. That is the beauty of fundraising no one is obligated to donate. If you can't afford to give money, you can always give your time or help in other ways.
I am asking everyone I know if they can afford it and would like to help, please donate at least. $13.10, which is a dime for every mile I'm running race day.
If you don't have the money, I get it, but you have the power to hit the share button. Sometimes a social media share is all it sometimes takes for the right person to see the post and make a donation.
You have the power to share or email someone you know that does have money and is looking for a cause to support.
I could write about me and why I am a great person to back, and I am the reason why you should donate. The truth is I don't matter these kids do. My words serve them better than I can serve myself.
At least look my FirstGiving Page over and give it a share.