Myself and some special friends are working our butts off...literally!
We are in training, pounding pavements in one of the wettest UK Summers ever!
We are running the Birmingham half marathon in October. We are on a journey from couch to finish-line glory and we're doing it all for the kiddies at Kalinovka! The beautiful kiddies who live there, social orphans, warehoused till death just because they have special needs. We are aiming our support, our love, our heart-pounding effort at the very front-line of need. We are doing it all for these kids who are the victims of a world that would prefer not to see.
I have seen and know that a difference can be made for these kiddies and what's more I have a WONDERFUL TEAM WITH ME WHO AGREE...the 15 for 50 running team!
Introducing our running team so far...a team committing to running a half marathon dressed like rainbows and raising funds for the building of a second happy home out at Kalinovka! (let me know if you would like to join the team...we have room for more!)
|Jane George...that's me!|
|Vicky Mcleod Wilson|
We are all committed to running a half marathon in October...whilst wearing rainbow gear and raising funds for Kalinovka. We need $20,000 to build this! The second happy home...four walls that are literally the hopes and dreams of kids currently rotting in hell!
|The approved building plan for the second happy home.|
These beautiful girls could escape a tiny room with putrid air into this beautiful home environment.
Just $20,000 between hell and dreams! We have already raised over $1000 that's only $19,000 left! These girls could finally get a chance at a life beyond mind-numbing boredom and loneliness!
Can it be done? Is it a pipe-dream? The Ukraine is a long way away, who would check our hard earned donations are being used in the correct way?
Well I have visited Kalinovka, I have seen the first happy home in action! I have seen its success, the dreams brought to reality, the kids with new lives, a shocked society beginning to realise that these forgotten kids can be educated... can shine! I have been there and have heard the winds of change on the air as these happy homes become reality!
THIS IS NO PIPE-DREAM!
THIS IS NO RUDDERLESS BOAT WITHOUT A CAPTAIN!
I have spent time with the people who will be bringing this dream to fruition, bring birth to hope and ensure every single dollar of the donations will be spent wisely! I have seen their passion, felt their fire, seen their ability to prove they can when the whole world is saying they cannot!
President of the Happy Child fun.
|The Happy Child Foundation.|
Visit them here and see their amazing work.
Here is a link to the first happy home project!
I was there when the second building, ripe for conversion, was found! I watched Albert leaping with excitement, I witnessed his mind beginning to dream a new dream... that dream was tangible on the freezing air! I saw those walls waiting to be filled with children's laughter and peeped through those cracked windows at the possibility within.
|Albert discovering the building in Feb 2012!|
|Me peeping inside!|
You can sponsor us here on the 50 for 50 give-away post (the running efforts are all part of this same fundraiser)...every dollar donated gets you a chance to receive one of these give-away thank you prizes! There are 2 links for donations... one is for this house build and the other is for Bobby's adoption fund held at Reece's Rainbow. Bobby lives out at Kalinovka and I am his fundraising warrior. If you would like to donate to Bobby as well then I would love you forever! Also find us on facebook here.
All the team is committing to raise at least $100 each but I know we can smash this! How awesome would it be if we could raise all $20,000! Every dollar and every share and every blog post does make a difference!
Here are a couple of final reasons to help...things I have seen and can never forget.
Firstly the shallow graves at Kalinovka for the children who fade away! It doesn't have to be like this!
And lastly the power of love, your love, my love, our love! We are not helpless voyeuristic by-standers in this nightmare, our love can bring change! Look at Sasha, the only child ever to be adopted out of Kalinovka, at death's door... but look what love can do!
Let's transform some more kiddies at Kalinovka with our love and action!
Sponsor our running team here and lets build a happy home!
(any prize donations gratefully received!)