Giving Tuesday, Team for Kids

Giving Tuesday: Bringing communities together

You guys, this is why I’m Running for Team For Kids.

Not because I get automatic entry into the New York City Marathon (although that is a definite perk).

Not because I get anything for free (I still will pay the full registration fee + airfare + hotels).

Not because it makes me “look good”.

But because Team For Kids helps to bring communities together, inspire goal setting, and boost self esteem of children across the country.

I work at a pediatric hospital and, day in and day out, I see how much an impact a child’s daily environment makes on their healing and happiness. So why not doing something to ensure that the community and support system is strong?

💗 Nicole

30 day writing challenge: Day 2 

Giving Tuesday, Motivation, Racing and training

Giving Tuesday: Fundraising Update

You guys, fundraising is harder than I anticipated. I feel like a total newb admitting that because obviously asking people for money is difficult. And coming up with creative ways to fundraise is quite challenging.

Duh, right?

My progress so far:

IMG_0341

What I’ve done to get to this point:

– Donated to myself! $100 to kick off the fundraiser

– Hit up my closest family and friends. So far only a smattering of them have donated so far

– Sent 5 fundraising letters as a “pilot”. I have a huge list of future senders but wanted to get an idea of how effective letters would be.

– Facebook and Instagram…lots of likes

– Started sending emails to local businesses (just one as of now)

So what now?

What would motivate you to donate?! Being able to dedicate a mile to someone? Getting your name on my race day bib? Getting to pick an aspect of my race outfit or picking songs on my training playlist? Or would you want something homemade in return for a donation?

You tell me!!!

💗 Nicole

Giving Tuesday, Racing and training

Giving Tuesday

tfk-ig-1000x1000-rd2c

Team for Kids is more than about running.

How?

NYRR awarded $44,225 worth of books to 378 Mighty Milers sites who ran more than 789,000  miles towards new books as part of NYRR’s Miles for Books initiative.

“Running helps in the classroom because you get all of your exercise, and then you can focus on your paper or your education.” – Mariciana, 9

“Mighty Milers and Young Runners has been a rallying point at our school. The entire school is involved in every step from picking out the music to counting the laps and helping each other reach their goals. I can’t say enough about the program. It’s my favorite part of the day!” –  Kyra Wolfe, 35, coach and teacher, P.S. 686

I am so excited to have the opportunity to fundraise for such a worthy cause. It’s easy for people to “brush off” a charity that raises money for “just sports” but Team For Kids is so, so much more. It’s a charity that invests in our future doctors, lawyers, and leaders. And it teaches children that they are more than where they grew up or what their parents can/cannot afford.

♥ Nicole