August was a very busy month as the twins were really finding their stride with the whole walking thing…and I was running longer and longer distances :) Just this weekend, I ran 16K with our team.
I ran another 10K race in Edmonton on the 21st - coming in with a time of 1:07! A new personal best. But perhaps the best part of that entire race was that I ran it with my friends Anna and April. It was Anna's first race since her diagnosis and she did so fantastic - 1:13! I was just far enough ahead that I got to be there to cheer her across the finish line! A very emotional moment for us all! And thanks to our wonderful race photographers, we have the whole thing really well documented! I posted some of the photos over on my website at http://runningforacure.shutterfly.com
As of yesterday, I have raised over $5000 (thanks to a generous neighbour who really REALLY wanted to see me with purple hair). My amazing hairdresser, Brandi, has offered to donate the colouring! So, I will be having the hair done up in a lovely shade of purple in the next week or two. I will be sure to post photos on my running website!
At about mid-month, I had all of my fundraiser events and stores wrap up and so I have been working at putting together some new fundraisers. I am officially past the minimum I needed to raise, but I'm not stopping there. I want to raise as much as I possibly can so we can kick cancer to the curb! Please donate if you can…and check out my fundraising events to see if there is anything you might be interested in (below).
Gimme 5 Challenge
This is a one week challenge (Aug 28-Sept 3) issued by our Team in Training office to all team members! Our goal is to raise as much money as possible in one week on just $5 donations! So, if you haven't donated yet because you are short on cash - here's your chance to make a difference with a small donation!
1) Gimme 5 minutes of your time - Check out my website and read what I am doing
2) Gimme $5 - just donate online: five dollars for a great cause
3) Gimme 5 friends - send this to 5 friends to help spread the word! Advocate for me!
4) Gimme 5 more minutes of your time - every 5 minutes someone new is diagnosed with a blood cancer - money for research is needed!
5) Gimme 5 hours (or more/less) to complete the half marathon (well, I am aiming more at 2.5 hours for the half...but the theme is fives here)
For everyone who donates $5 to me in the next week via my donation website, I will enter your name into a draw for the prize that I have a chance to win. I have no idea what it is but they say it is a "TNT Prize Pack". I'll have Cam draw the winner if it is confirmed that I win the challenge! I will find out after Sept 7.
If I don't get enough donations to take the big prize - I will draw instead for a Team in Training mouse pad that I have here :) I will either deliver in person (local) or mail the prize to the winner
Norwex Catalogue Party
My friend, Heather, is a Norwex representative and she has generously offered to donate 30% of her commissions on the party toward my fundraising efforts. Norwex products are fantastic. Cam and I switched over to chemical-free cleaning a couple of years ago and it was the best thing we ever did. We are healthier for it and we never have to worry about the girls o the dogs getting into any harmful products…because they don't exist in our house anymore! If you are local, I can get you a catalogue - just email me. For those out of town - here is an online copy of the catalogue. http://media.norwexcs.com/Flipbook/CDN-2010-Catalogue/
and there are new products at this site:
You can order through me so just let me know what you'd like :)
For out of town orders, there is a $4.95 shipping charge per order. These orders will be sent directly to your house.
For local orders, Heather can send the order in all together and the shipping will only be $2 per order and I will deliver the orders when they arrive. If you would rather have it shipped - it will be the $4.95.
And the shipping is super speedy! When I attended one of her parties on a Saturday - the order was in by Wednesday. The one time I had one shipped right to me - it was expresspost and it came about as fast.
Empties to End Blood Cancer
BOTTLE DRIVE!!!! This one is for the locals only (though the out of towers are welcome to participate - just take in your bottles and donate the proceeds). If you would like to donate your empties to my cause - let me know and I will make arrangements with you to pick them up during the month of September.
Thank you so much to everyone for all of your support! I will continue to raise money until the race on October 17! I hope to raise as much money as possible so that one day money will no longer need to be raised and we can celebrate a cure!
Until next month..
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