On October 20, 2013, I will be participating in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon (my first half-marathon!). I’m running to raise funds for for Assaulted Women’s Helpline, an organization truly deserving of support. My goal is to raise $1,000.00 (revised — see update below). I will dedicate a kilometre to each person who donates.
For 28 years, the Helpline has operated a free, anonymous and confidential 24 hour telephone and TTY crisis line. They provide crisis counselling, emotional support, safety planning, information and referrals in up to 154 languages for all women in the province of Ontario who are experiencing any form of abuse.
The Assaulted Women’s Helpline is an essential first point of contact for women especially:
• In communities without women’s shelters or other services
• For women who would not traditionally access shelters
• For non-English language callers
• For TTY callers, for the deaf and hard of hearing
Your donation goes a long way to help the crisis line help more women. All pledges $10 or greater will receive an official tax receipt (it is sent electronically so make sure to check your junk folder just in case!).
Please support me today and together can make a difference in the lives of women, their children, and our community. You never know who you’re helping…
To contribute to my fundraising campaign, click here!
Update (Sept. 24, 2013): Thanks to the generous support of friends and supporters, I not only reached and surpassed my first fundraising goal, but my second goal as well. I’ve since raised my goal to $1,000 and hope to meet this final hurdle. Thank you again to all who donated. A better and more detailed thank you will come after the race.
Belated final update (January 15, 2014): In the end, because of the generosity of others, I was able to raise almost $1,000 to support the Assaulted Women’s Helpline. And, yeah, I ran the half marathon. It was amazing. On New Year’s Day, I registered to run the full Detroit Marathon. More info on fundraising to come.