A while ago, a friend taught me to take as many of the opportunities that are thrown your way... as you only get one shot at this life, and that chance mightn’t come again. Most of us are so lucky and privileged and a lot of the time we tend to take the little things, like a bed, food on the table (or just a table in general) and an education for granted. So I’m taking this opportunity and this chance, to try and raise money. To give some children the opportunity to go to school. The opportunity to have breakfast every morning. The opportunity to spend the day in a more caring, safe and clean environment.
In July and October I will be running a half and full marathon, respectively, raising money for SOSK (Skills, Opportunity, Survival in Kenya).
In December 2016, a mate and I travelled to Kenya, Naivaisha and spent some time in the slums orphanage and school that has primarily been funded by SOSK.
The childcare and school facility allows children from across the slum to receive food, some clothing and some basic education to help them proceed through to secondary school, giving them a chance at a better future. It also provides a safe place for the children, to avoid the abuse and harm often received when at home in the slums.
These children are so incredibly happy, when having so little. The pure enjoyment on their face when we bought them some chalk and balls is an image that will never leave my mind. They taught us dances and songs, and we played hours of hide and seek and chasey. Many children came in from off the streets and joined in on the fun and games. If you would like to see and know more about the orphanage and the other SOSK projects, check out the webpage, as I could go on for hours about it but luckily for you, have limited characters in this description.
I’m aiming to raise $500 over the next 8 months, ALL, of which will go towards food, daily needs and education needs such as chairs, books, pens and clothes. The reason I have chosen not to use the recommended Melbourne Marathon fundraising site was because it required a large sum of money to be paid by the fundraising program, and further more deductions were to be made on all donations. I decided to take things into my own hands, and therefore am using an external website so I can be sure every cent of your donation makes it to the school and orphanage. Whats more, I can guarantee that Christie will deliver the donations as products to be used, not as sums of money that could be easily taken in such a corrupt community. If you follow the SOSK facebook page, you can be updated as to where your donations have gone to, whats more you will get to see the beautiful smiles of some Kenyan boys and girls who have been fed and clothed.
So, will you take the opportunity to donate? I mean sure, you will get the chance to donate again in your lifetime, but a little kenyan boy or girl mightn't ever get to go to school, eat a meal, or feel warm and safe again.
Maybe its time we take the OPPORTUNITY to give THEM, the opportunity of their lifetime.