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YOU DID IT!! WOWWW!!
You are all the greatest and most generous friends in the world!! As of 9/3/13, Team Kingston has raised $42,225.00 for World Vision and Water for South Sudan because of your unbelievable outpouring of support! We couldn't be more pleased with the results of this fundraising campaign!
The race ended last Saturday morning and Team #985 finished strong! They came in 94th place out of over 1000 teams averaging a 7:48 min/mile pace.
Please continue the generous giving! Every dollar helps get clean water to more people who have been living without. Thanks for your generosity.
Dear Family and Friends –
Our family would LOVE IT if you would stop for a moment and read about our plans to help those in South Sudan – those without access to clean water.
Our story starts with a relationship we’ve built with World Vision over many years. In 1996, we began sponsoring two World Vision children and the number of children we now sponsor has grown to ten children of all ages around the world. In 2006, our family travelled on the first of five trips to Mexico with World Vision to help build, clean and landscape a school in a squatter community set on the dry hillsides of Tijuana. This experience was life-changing as we connected with the Mexican people and watched their wonderful community settle and thrive with the help of World Vision support. Therefore, when we were asked by World Vision to help raise money for clean water in South Sudan, we jumped on the opportunity.
To raise the funds, we were asked to join a team and run in the largest relay race in the world, called “Hood to Coast” - which is a 198-mile course from Mt. Hood, Oregon to the Pacific Coast. Teams (over a thousand of them) run the race in one and a half days (through the night wearing headlamps!). Each of the five World Vision teams will have two professional runners who are committed to the cause - Ashton Eaton, Lopez Lomong (from South Sudan) and Jim Ryun to name a few.
How exciting is that?! It will be an event of a lifetime!
Jean, John and Caitlin began training months ago in order to get into shape for the rough, hilly terrain and long mileage. Unfortunately while training, Jean suffered an ankle injury that will require surgery (who knew the lengths she’d go to avoid plodding up Mt. Hood in the dark of night?). She has transferred her commitment to her new roles as “Chief Fundraiser and Team Cheerleader.” In the meantime, John and Caitlin continue logging the miles and will be representing World Vision and our family on August 23rd and 24th, 2013.
Our goal is to raise at least $30,000 for this important cause – one worth the effort, as we cannot imagine how life would be if our own family, friends and community didn’t have access to clean water.
Here’s where you come in!
Would you please consider donating to this worthwhile cause? We’d be so honored if you chose to make a donation in any amount - $1000, $500, $100, $50 or even $10? If you can believe it, a mere $50 provides clean water for one person for an entire lifetime! Your donation online or by check will make a big difference to the life, health and future of a community in Africa.
If you're so moved, give generously to those that desperately need clean water while praying for the Kingston duo slogging up Mt. Hood in August! You can do this my clicking the orange, "MAKE A DONATION" button to the right. Or, if you’d rather write a check, please make it out to “World Vision” with “Hood to Coast - Team Kingston” in the memo line and send it to:
16 Chestnut Street
Winchester MA 01890
If you have questions, feel free to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope you enjoy your summer! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your time and consideration.
Love to you,
The Kingston Family -
Jean, John, Caitlin (20), Annalise (18), Christopher (14) and William (10)
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
– Sir Winston Churchill
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.
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