Please notice the fundraising "widget" on the upper right hand side of this blog to see how much has been raised and how far we still have to go. Check it regularly to see the progress. You may even want to consider "bookmarking" this page so you can follow along up to the big day (June 2nd is race day). By the way, a new financial goal has been set of R100,000 (South African Rand) = $11,500 USD. Let's make the final push to bring this goal to a reality!
First, I would like to share a story with you. A story very close to my heart.
Meet Maria Dlamini (DOB: 9 October 2004);
July 2006; My 1st encounter with Maria. She was very sick when she arrived to El Shaddai Ministries, slightly before this picture was taken.
|Maria is a very special person to me. She, along with the many other vulnerable children I've encountered in Swaziland, are my inspiration for finishing the Comrades Ultra Marathon this June.|
|Maria as an infant (she is the child in the front of the mat)|
|July 2008; My 2nd encounter with Maria.|
|July 2009; My 3rd encounter with Maria. She had progressed so much!|
|2011; Maria in Grade 2 at El Shaddai Primary School.|
|2013; A Beautiful, healthy child of God. Maria is currently in Grade 3 at El Shaddai Primary School|
Please consider partnering with me on my final weeks of preparation for the Comrades Ultra Marathon. All proceeds go directly to CLF's "Feed-A-Family" fund. It can and will continue to turn around lives just as I witnessed first-hand with Maria Dlamini.
In order to feed an individual for 1 year, it costs $360 USD. Our goal is $11,500/R100,000. If we achieve those numbers, we'll provide a years worth of food to nearly 32 vulnerable people in Swaziland! Think about it.
Here is a direct link to our donation page:
Derek Van Dam