Unless you have been a new reader of my blog (or for that matter living under a rock), you know that I have spent the last year as a charity athlete for the Seattle Humane Society in honor of my crazy little angel, George.
After George’s passing, I was trying to figure out the best way to take my grief and do something with it to make a difference. George went through some rough times before he became our little doggie, and if it was not for the help of some rescue angels, he would of never made it. I really do feel like this is something that he would of wanted from me. There is not a day that I do not miss him.
So many programs seemed to have an overwhelming fundraising requirement which honestly scares me away but I stumbled upon the program from the Seattle Humane Society. George has several four footed friends who call their Seattle their home. The program allows athletes to raise funds for an entire year and multiple races (unless you are raising for Rock N’ Roll Seattle or the Seattle Marathon 10K), which makes the fundraising feel so much more doable. You initial registration fee is 30.00 which gets you everything you need to start. You get a tech shirt, cheer squad shirts for your supporters, posters that you can put up in your office and a staff that bends over backwards to help you and support you in your journey. You also get discounts for various training programs both in the Seattle area and virtual.
Another impressive fact is up front they tell you that 80 cents of every dollar that the charity athletes raise goes directly into the animal care. To me, that was one of the most important things. I know there are always costs involved, and I understand some money has to go to it, especially when you are donation driven. But this was amazing to see, and almost un-comparable to anything I had seen. The bottom line is; I have been able to make a major difference for animals.
I am very proud of what I have accomplished this year. I know for a fact, through running and the help of the amazing people that have stood up to help. I am thankful that the Seattle Humane Society has such an amazing program that is so runner friendly and a staff that will do anything to help their team. I will be coming back to their program because it is a great way to do amazing things with my running, it is inspiring to keep me out there and moving and it is the most runner friendly program I have seen.
I am also very proud that George has been able to make a difference. A difference I could not make without my team. Please check out the program Seattle Humane Society Charity Athlete . And if you can spare a dollar Charity Athlete 2014: Bonnie Wilson
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