When fundraising for a race, there is so much more that needs to be put on the line than your running shoes. Before committing to it, you really need to weigh the options.
I have never been one who wanted fundraise for my running. Then the epiphany was that I’m not really fundraising for my running, but for a cause that I believe in. I’ve said it several times, I would be perfectly fine not to be running NY This year. But I am also extremely stoked about being able to run it as a Sandy Hook Promise Runner. Running NYC is a bonus to being able to help support Sandy Hook Promise. As I’ve said in previous posts, I felt that this was meant to be which is why I took the leap of faith.
So the first piece of advice is to make sure that the charity you are raising money for is one that you firmly believe in and can get behind. With Sandy Hook Promise, I didn’t just sign up on the dotted line. I had to fill out a questionnaire regarding volunteer work and explain why this cause was important to me. This was easy for me to do because I have been active in this cause since the Sandy Hook shooting. Just ask any of my friends especially those on my Facebook page.
You must be also willing to put your money where your mouth is. When push comes to shove, you have to be willing to put up your own money if you don’t reach your fundraising goal. I pledged to raise $3,000. I am happy to report that I have reached the half way point in my fundraising efforts, but I still have a ways to go.
You also have to be willing to go out of your comfort zone. I’ve had to be bolder than I wanted to be. I’ve had to point blank ask people for donations. I’ve had to put myself out there in ways that I never would if I was asking for myself, but I am willing to put myself there for Sandy Hook Promise. This is not about me.
You also have to be willing to put the time in. Raising a large sum of money is not something that you can do in your sleep. It does become a bit of a part time job and you must be willing to put in the hours. Yes, I do mean hours. Unless you have rich family and friends willing to finance your fundraising effort, you are going to need to work for it. That being said since it is a cause that you firmly believe in, you know that it is all worth it.
On top of this, you do need to still train for said race. Anyone who has ever trained for a marathon knows that in and of itself is a part time job. So you will need to deal with two part time jobs until you reach your fundraising goal.
Now with all that being said……
I am beyond honored to be running as part of the Sandy Hook Promise Team. I am thrilled to share their message. Their cause of protecting our children is one that we can all get behind. I have run 5 marathons and each one of them I ran for me and I had my own goal. This time, my only goal is to run (walk) wearing my Sandy Hook Promise gear and be worthy of wearing the Sandy Hook Promise Gear. When I say that I run for #26for26, I truly mean it and how honored I am to be able to run for the victims of Sandy Hook. That day changed me and I am so honored to run for them, give back and help to bring about change.
One of my favorite quotes that I often use is Be the Change you want to see in this world.
So if you ever want to run a race for charity, I say go for it.
Now if you are inspired to make a donation, you can right here Fundraising Page for Sandy Hook
See you’ve got to be willing to ask and get out of your comfort zone!