By rights I should be tucked up in bed now and getting some shuteye, but for the last few days despite being tired after a busy day at work, the brain has been working overtime thinking about fundraising and making sure all my kit is packed correctly for the event.
Late Wednesday evening, having spent several days composing the email in my head, I finally committed pen to paper (as it were) and sent out a mass email to update everyone on my running progress with just TWO WEEKS TO GO(!) and, again, to ask that people consider donating for my chosen charity, Facing Africa. It’s always a bit of a worry doing these things as despite the high volume of emails going out, the ones coming back are proportionately quite low, which leaves me questioning whether the email has actually been sent in the first place.
The email went out late – in some cases 11.30pm with the intention of hitting people’s inboxes first thing Thursday morning. I was quite surprised, therefore, to receive a couple of responses by return – clearly a couple of night owls like me who were still padding around.
The response to my email has been fantastic and there’s been a flurry of activity on the fundraising front pushing me closer to my target – I’m almost there.
For me, the most important thing with a race of this magnitude is to know why you are running and I know that I am running to help change at least one child’s life for the better. I am determined to complete this run, on hands and knees if necessary (but let’s hope not) and the only way I’m comming off the course is if I have to be physically dragged off because I don’t want to let anyone down, whether it be well-wishers who’ve donated or those who will benefit from my efforts.
As of late, whenever I think how kind people who have supported me have been, both friends and strangers alike, I have been welling up. I couldn’t do this without you and I know that I owe everyone who has lent their support a huge debt of gratitude, which I don’t think that I can ever hope to repay.
To each and every one of you, I’d like to say a very heartfelt “thank you”.