Sent: Saturday, January 10, 2009 10:13 AM
Subject: Running for Charity
Happy New Year to all of you. Apologies for the group email. But I am running another marathon―Miami on January 25th (www.ingmiamimarathon.com)―and I am doing it for three incredibly worthy charities. One is Batonga, which provides education for girls in several countries throughout Africa, and is headed by the luminous Beninese singer Anjelique Kidjo. Another is the Green Belt Movement, headed by Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan environmentalist and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, which supports planting trees and women's empowerment. And the third is activist and writer Eve Ensler's campaign to help victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
I know these are very tough economic times, but I hope you will consider donating $26 (a buck a mile) to these three causes. Any more (or less) of course would be gratefully received. Luckily, the wonderful store ABC Carpet and Home has made it easy, by setting up a web page where you can find out about all three charities and the importance of protecting women and the planet and give to all three at once. Credit cards accepted. Here is the link:
The "Donate" button is in the bottom right hand corner. I have covered the cost of processing the credit cards, setting up the web page, and paying for the accounting, so all the money you give will go to the causes. Whether you can or cannot donate, please send this email (or the link) far and wide.
Finally, I attach a link to an extraordinary speech (PDF) by Canadian Stephen Lewis about the war against women that bears directly on all three of these charities.
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