We're running a marathon March 17 to send more girls to school!
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU THOUGHT YOU COULD DO THE IMPOSSIBLE?
The great wordsmith Justin Bieber once said, “Never Say Never.” Those were the very words Erin-Leigh told Brooke in October 2012 when Brooke vowed she would “never run a marathon.” It seemed impossible.
SO WHAT CHANGED OUR MINDS?
Did you know that 39 million girls ages 11-15 around the world are out of school? That’s FOUR TIMES as many people live in the great state of Georgia. We decided that we would make what seemed impossible--getting an education--a reality for 26 girls in Nepal. One for each mile.
When girls get an education, they lift their family, their community, their country out of poverty. How could running a marathon seem like an impossible challenge when girls like Jarana (whose favorite subject is science, like Brooke) have fought for their seat in the classroom?
It was time to grab our neon gear and hit the streets.
As our Twitter hashtag #26Miles26Girls says, the goal of this marathon is sponsoring one girl for each mile. If you sponsor a WHOLE MILE, which is a whole year of a girl’s education ($300), we’ll even send you the photo and a letter of the student whose life you’ve changed.
WHY SHE’S THE FIRST
We’re sponsoring girls through She’s the First because 100% of donations go DIRECTLY to sponsor girls--none of it goes to administrative costs.
P.S. LOOK MOM, WE’RE FAMOUS!
#26Miles26Girls has already gotten amazing press attention! The Georgia Marathon posted our story on its Facebook page and CBS NEWS broadcast a whole segment on our story!