A Message From Mark Leger
Help Safe Harbour Cross the Finish Line!
Last year, I ran the Charlottetown Marathon, and raised $695 in support of Safe Harbour's 'Winter is Coming' online campaign. I’m looking to build on that successful effort by raising funds in connection with my participation in two upcoming events – Marathon by the Sea, August 10, and my first triathlon, the Rockwood Park Triathlon by the Bay, July 27.
For me, running has been a self-centered and solitary activity – a test of my physical fitness and mental toughness (such as it is).
I know many people who have raised money for charities as part of their marathon experience. I’ve always admired people who did this, but I’ve always found marathon training to be a grueling experience, and never wanted to add the challenge of fundraising too (something I’ve never been very good at!).
But I changed my mind, inspired by the example of Kayla McCullogh, an eight-year-old from Rothesay. She raised $270 for Safe Harbour by asking her friends who came to her birthday party to make donations rather buy her a present. She did the again for her next birthday.
It got me thinking about the ways we can make the personal events and milestones in our lives improve the lives of others. If Kayla can forgo birthday presents so homeless youth can escape life on the streets, then I can do the same by attaching a fundraising component to my marathon running, and now triathlon competitions.
I'll be blogging for the next few weeks about my training and race days at markleger.com. You can also find my blogs on Safe Harbour's web site: safeharboursj.com
I'll be tracking my training progress as I work toward personal best times. I'll also be working toward meeting, and exceeding my fundraising goal. So give generously.
raised of $1,500 goal