Disclaimer: My Life, Made Possible by Pop Culture knows full well this is a form letter* that everyone who donated or pledged for #RunMishRun received. But it was still something that put a smile on my face when I received it, so I wanted to share it with all of you. And if you haven't yet donated to the cause, please consider doing so now. Though the marathon is over, the issues have still not been resolved and every little bit helps!
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First of all, you rock. I'm blown away by everyone's support, what an amazing group of people. I didn't expect nearly so much generosity from you all, nor did I expect myself to make it as far as I did--those two factors combine to have made this a very successful fundraiser. We have already raised more than $95,000 and the donations are still coming in. I'm thrilled to put the money you have contributed to great use in the coming months:
• In October, a two-person team will be heading to Haiti to judiciously administer a portion of your contributions to the orphanages we are supporting there. They will be filming the trip, so you will be able to see how your money was spent.
• Another portion of the money you gave is going to help victims of the devastating floods in Pakistan through a donation to Mercy Corps: http://www.mercycorps.org/project/pakistanflooding With the dollars we have raised, we will literally be able to save lives.
• Finally, a majority of our budget will be spent trying to conquer the world one random act of kindness at a time. We are going to be supporting a wide range of projects around the world designed to have a lasting impact on a diverse group of deserving groups and individuals.
Thank you to everyone who came out to cheer me on, to jog along with me and to give me ibuprofen (by the way some of those pills must have been laced with ecstasy because I felt pretty good for a while there). Thanks, also to my inestimable support crew for keeping me hydrated and for holding up encouraging hand-written notes. Thank you to the gentleman-scholar, Jim Beaver, who in his infinite generosity (or through the accidental misplacement of a decimal point), pledged $50/Km. I understand Jim has already put his house up for sale to cover the expense.
Lastly, I would like to thank Lisa Walker and the whole team at Random Acts, who have done all the hard work to get this organization up and running. I got to go on a nice long run and enjoy all kinds of limelight, but the real credit goes to everyone working so hard behind the scenes. Honestly, Random Acts wouldn't exist without them. I've included a map here of the route I ran. You will notice that I confused Left for Right in downtown Sedro-Woolley, so the course lacks that sense of purposeful direction one might hope for. I'm just happy I didn't mistake a moving bus for an ice cream sandwich.
We will be updating you shortly with the next round of projects at Random Acts, so please stay tuned to our website as we would love to have you participate.