In March 2016 Rachel Rauwerda and Stacey Collie will make their way to Antarctica (the coldest/windiest place ON EARTH). Once they arrive they will embark on a half marathon in support of Open Doors school in Jos, Nigeria. Rachel and Stacey, along with all the students at Open Doors are inviting you to be a part of this adventure through your prayers, encouragements and financial support! All money raised will go directly to Open Doors. Have a look around the website to learn more about this great school, Rachel and Stacey, and how to give your support. You can also follow along Rachel and Stacey's training efforts and race on the blog.
We want to thank each and everyone of you who have contributed to our trip in so many ways. Yesterday was a busy day of organizing and packing as I had to leave the house around 5:40am this morning. When I finally went to check the donations to see if we would be running the full or the half I was shocked to see that not only did we reach the goal of $10,000 but we smashed the goal!! We are currently sitting at $13,005!! Bring on the FULL marathon!! (Full disclosure: When we set this goal we did not AT ALL expect to even come close to it. We never even played with the idea that we would have to run the full marathon)! We are so thankful for each and every one of you that have donated. Because of you Open Doors is going to receive such a wonderful gift. What a blessing! Thank you! We especially want to acknowledge a few people who donated $500 and got to choose something for us to do. These people were actually (for the most part) really nice to us! I expected them to be a lot meaner.
On my flight from Edmonton this morning, the little girl next to me was trying so hard to look out the window she was practically sitting on my lap. As we started taxiing to the runway she whispered in my ear, “Here we go.” I was exhausted and thought, “ya, here we go. 25 hours of planes and airports.” Only my “here we go” was a lot more negative than hers. Once we were above the clouds she looked at me with a twinkle in her eye that only a 3 year old can have and said, “This is… amazing!” And that little girl, she was right! This is amazing! Everything about this trip is amazing! The incredible people that Rachel and I have in our lives that generously donated their hard earned money to a school that means so much to us, encouraged us, “liked” and “shared” our Facebook posts. This journey would not be happening without you having our back the whole way. There have been a few different times over the past couple months where I have felt overwhelmed with love and support. This moment somehow brought it all together. When I am sitting on the boat covered in motion sickness patches and still feeling rough I will need to remember the twinkle in this little girl’s eye and think “THIS IS AMAZING!”
With the funds Rachel and Stacey raised for open Doors we were able to purchase two new laptops, dig a borehole, build wheelchair ramps, build a storage cupboard in the speech therapy room, install a fish pond and start raising fish, as well as pay off some accumulated debts.