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Newton heads to Belize with One World Running (Part 2)

Posted by on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 7:58 am | Leave a reply

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

The Race!

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!

Anne

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

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Newton heads to Belize with One World Running

Posted by on Thursday, April 4, 2013 @ 7:53 am | 1 Reply

Newton Running VP of Administration & Sustainability Anne Klein recently had the chance to travel with One World Running (OWR) on a service trip to Belize. One World Running is an international organization that promotes an awareness of health, fitness and nutrition by providing running shoes to those in need around the world. Anne took her goddaughter Laura on the trip to participate in giving shoes to impoverished children.

Below are the first two of Anne’s OWR Postcards sent while in Belize:

One World Running Postcard #1

Today was such an amazing day with One World Running that I wanted share some pictures with Newton. We gave away hundreds of shoes today to kids from 13 local schools and their families. Kids arrived with paperwork from their school to help organize the shoe distribution – without this the entire town would show up and it would be very chaotic (they know from experience!).

Kids stand in line and then enter the school room and sit on chairs lined up just like our expos. The OWR volunteer who is working with the child guestimates the shoe size and tells their partner volunteer what size to get, The volunteer partner grabs a couple options from the makeshift storage area we created in the back of the school, behind the OWR banners. Many kids come in barefoot and the fitting can take several rounds. Once a fit is made and the kiddos have their shoes they exit the classroom, pick up a t-shirt (Mike Sandrock gathers leftover tech tops from all the local races) and their race number (donated by the Bolder Boulder) for the  5k race which will take place on Wednesday morning.

It is a lot like our expo work!

So may smiles and beautiful faces. It is an amazing experience!

One World Running Postcard #2

Some favorite images from today’s work with two different schools. The video illustrates how meaningful something that we take for granted — shoes — can be to the kids we’re helping. Also attached two photos of proud recipients of Newtons!

 

One World Running Making an Impact in Belize from Newton Running on Vimeo.

 

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