Last week we showed you the first two of Anne's postcards from her service trip with One World Running (OWR) to Belize. Anne included some truly inspiring photos as well as a brief video that showed the absolute joy that OWR brings to these children.
In Part 2 of Anne's postcards we get to see some footage from the finish of the 5K that is one of the highlights of the week's events. We're also taken to where the children live and it's stark contrast to most of our lives. After you've read Anne's entries, please read on to find out how you can help contribute to One World Running.
One World Running Postcard #3
Today was the race! Adults, Kids and Special Olympics waves all gathered in the main square for a 5k & 3k for kids. Attached is a video of the top three girls- note the shoes! And photo of the podium finishers!
One World Running Postcard #4
Last postcard from the One World Running service trip. We had been in the jungle in the Maya Mountains in the Cayo region at a farm with no electricity for three days, hence the radio silence.
The schools were in a town called Succotz and the experience was very similar to the schools in Corozol: profound poverty that takes your breath away. To reach the first school you crossed a rickety plank and cable footbridge twenty feet over a river (pic attached). Last week a five year old girl fell through the planks into the river. She could not swim and went under but luckily her father was with her and jumped in to retrieve her.
The kids we fitted for shoes were so poor and many had no shoes. Their gratitude for something as simple as shoes was deeply humbling and yet another reminder that we are so blessed with abundance in our lives in the US.
Many thanks to Newton Running for helping to change the lives of many kids from this trip!
One World Running is ALWAYS accepting donations of shoes as well as financial contributions. Newton Running is proud to support this amazing organization and the work they do around the world. Please consider joining us in bringing the simple gift of shoes, something many of us take for granted, to those in need.
To find a drop off location, please visit: http://oneworldrunning.com/drop-off-locations/
To visit the One World Running Website to see how else you can contribute, please visit: http://oneworldrunning.com