During the past months, funny thing has happened to me: somehow I started realising I was becoming a (slightly) better person. Not in the sense of better/faster runner but better as in more receptive to other people: their stories, sorrows, lives.
This might be a temporary thing, enhanced by our tiny running/racing successes but never mind, I am predetermined to use it to the max. And so I enrolled our 2 headed Team AprilRuns to the charity project Europa Kinderhulp and in September, we will be running the world famous Dam tot Damloop (10 miles from Amsterdam to Zaandam, 40.000+ runners!) and raising funds for this charity.
Europa Kinderhulp is a Dutch charity organisation with its main goal to enable different kids from all over Europe to spend 2-3 weeks of a nice holiday in Holland, to escape from their socially and financially poor surroundings. It is not any life saving general project, it is just an attempt to help each individual kid to forget the misery at home and play.
I remember myself when I was a kid, how important my holidays were for me, the 2 fabulous months every summer. If we can raise some money to lighten up a couple of children’s faces, to make sure they spend the holiday of their life, our goal is achieved.
Asking others for money is not what I do nor am good at. I have never done it and I am not sure if I am good at it. It helps knowing that the money is being raised for a very good cause. So if you feel tempted to help, here is what you can do:
- Visit our Dam tot Damloop charity website and feel free to read/donate;
- Email me or leave me a blog comment to arrange for a different way of payment.
If the whole idea is not interesting to you, never mind: the point of charity is that it is voluntary. Keep running!
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 24: The run is done! Again thanks to all our friends and supporters!
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 17: We have collected the total of EUR 250. And we are ready to run on Sunday :-).
UPDATE JUNE 10: So far collected EUR 140!
Our special thanks to: Ido & his team, 12HonzaDe, Liesbeth and Olav, Pim and of course the Van Dorp family!!