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Half-Marathon Fundraiser Raises over $3,500 for NingNing Philippines Education Fund

Courtney, Ali, Becky, Kelli Post-Race

On May 7th, my mom, two sisters and I participated in the Indianapolis Half-Marathon… and finished! We all felt great, due to our many months of training in the snowy conditions of Bozeman, Montana and Portland, Maine! My mom crossed the finish line at 2:58, Courtney was 2:48, Kelli was 2:30 and I was 1:45. Way to go guys!

What’s even more exciting is that donors pledged for each kilometer we ran, which raised a total of $3,500! This was an awesome showing of support for NingNing Philippines Education Fund, thanks to all who made a generous donation. And an extra special thank you to the donor who said if I finished in 1:45, he would add on a bonus $500! This gave me the motivation to really push it at the end. All I could think about was raising that extra money for our NingNing kids…and I met the challenge, just barely!

$2,000 will go towards our NingNing Scholarship Fund. This amount will provide for an entire year of college for one of our scholars – hooray!

$1,500 will go towards Alfredo Olavidez, NingNing’s Director of Operations in Manila.

NingNing Staff: Nonie, Ali and Alfredo (Sept. '10)

Alfredo was diagnosed with prostate cancer (stage I) a few weeks ago and is facing enormous financial pressure to be able to meet his immediate medical expenses. Since he has been such an integral part of operating and sustaining the NingNing Philippines Education Fund, I thought it was appropriate to allocate some funds for him during this difficult time. Please keep him in your prayers as he undergoes treatment and prepares for surgery in July.

Thank you again for your prayerful and monetary support of the NingNing Philippines Education Fund, as we work together to make college education a reality for underprivileged youth in the Philippines!

**If you would like to view a video clip of me running half-way through the race, you can click the link (I am crossing the white line about 10 seconds in, wearing an orange top and orange hat): http://www.brightroom.com/go.asp?100032726

Half-Marathon Fundraiser on May 7th!!

You may remember this victorious photo from the Singapore Marathon “Running for Rice” NingNing fundraising campaign in December 2009. No? Not to worry because we decided to challenge ourselves to ANOTHER race for NingNing!

Exactly one week from today, on MAY 7th, my lovely mom, two sisters and I will be attempting to run the largest half-marathon in the U.S. (with over 35,000 registrants), known as the “OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon” in Indiana!! For more information on this exciting race, check out: http://www.500festival.com/marathon/. Wahoo!

Would you kindly consider making a pledge of $1 PER KILOMETER that we finish? That means if we complete the full 21K, your pledge will total $21. Or you can choose to double or triple your pledge per kilometer and give a larger donation if you’d like. Totally up to you!

ALL THE PROCEEDS (minus small admin fee) WILL GO TOWARD PROVIDING COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS TO OUR NINGNING COMMUNITY OF UNDERPRIVILEGED SLUM CHILDREN IN THE PHILIPPINES.

Participating is easy. Just follow these simple steps:

1) REPLY now to the email sent by Ali (an.ali.smith@gmail.com) with HOW MUCH you would like to pledge PER KILOMETER.

2) PRAY for us as we prepare for and run the race on May 7th!

3) After you receive notification that we completed the race, SELECT PAYMENT METHOD from one of the three options below (**please note our new partnership with Guidelines has changed the address of where to send check donations):

  • US Donations Online (secure & private) – https://www.guidelines.org/gl_donate.asp
  • Donate by phone (US & Philippines) – Phone #: 949.582.5001
  • Donate by mail (US & Philippines) – Send to: GUIDELINES INTERNATIONAL, Box G, Laguna Hills, CA 92654 (**Make it payable to Guidelines and specifically indicate in the check memo portion that it is for NingNing, or NN)

We’ve been training hard (in snowy, cold conditions!) to prepare for this race and would be so grateful to have your support. It would mean so much to us and the beautiful children we are putting through college in the Philippines!

Thank you and stay tuned for (positive!) reports and pictures from the race!

Ali

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