When I started running in 2013, I was merely being competitive. My friends were having a run and I made a provocative statement, “Hey you guys, don’t run like my grandma!” My friends laughed and then replied, “Come join us and feel how your grandma runs”. What started as a joke, was taken seriously. My friends challenged me for a 5km run. A few days later, without any proper running shoes, I was running, huffing and puffing way behind my friends. It was the worse 5km I have had in my life. From that day on, I strived to do better. To prove to my friends that I am capable of reaching their fitness levels. They gave me a chance, they accepted me in their group, slowed down the pace until I had improved to their levels.
The point is, we all need a break in life. I was lucky to be given a “running break” through my friends’ patience in my slow running. A little as it sounds, this principle applies to all life curves. We all need that break. This is why I am choosing to join the Asha team and run for better education in India. I lived in India, Mumbai, for 6 months while working for an NGO in the education sector. I experienced shocking levels of poverty I had never seen in my life. And this is me, Andile, a citizen of another poor country, South Africa. In my native South Africa, we have slums and poverty, but not to the levels I experienced in India. This touched my soul and I knew that my education service in India was not finished after my six months were up. This is exactly the reason why I am joining the Asha team and running the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. I was to be part of a team that is empowering the age when education is needed the most.
With all of this in mind, I am humbly asking you, my dear friend, to join me and help me donate $ 1850 and make a difference in the lives of Indian children. I promise not to fail you during my marathon run in Chicago and Asha wont fail you in “giving that break, giving that chance” to a that poor soul in India. I thank you in advance.