Be Who God Meant You to Be and You Will Set the World on FireSt. Catherine of Siena
May March the 1st! It’s really wild to me that we’re beginning the 3rd month of the year already. I guess I shouldn’t because the last 3 years have flown by. 2019, between everything we’ve experienced, good and bad, it feels like both 10 years ago and the blink of a eye away. It is a confounding feeling to say the least.
March the 1st, though, holds a bit of significance for Runners Doing Good. It has often been the official kick-off of our annual fundraiser. With the exception of our first year and this year, it’s always been the date where both optimism filled the day and nerves filled my stomach a bit as I experienced the gratitude of accepting this challenge and again as well as a bit of angst in whether we’d be able to pull it off.
Truth be told, I probably should have had a bit more confidence than what I’ve had because it is certainly earned. Since we began this adventure in 2015, we’ve exceeded our goals, literally, every time. The only year that we felt let down a bit, 2020, the race and fundraiser had to be cancelled, and even then our fundraiser set a record, at that time, for the most raised within an opening month.
Today, I write you with an update that feels a bit odd but that’s a good thing! We started this a few months early because of the need to get the dollars we’re raising to Jayme and Tony Dee sooner rather than later and we’re sitting in a pretty unique position:
We’ve raised more than $5100 already. That’s $2700 in total pledges less Facebook and GoFundMe fees and then doubled through The Dee’s matching grants. So it begs the question….what’s left to do?
The answer to that question is a whole lot. It’s put us in an enviable position where we have a massive head start. They also have money that is left to match and that’s where the next turn in direction should go. If we can help bring those dollars into the fold, we will far surpass our fundraising for any year. That’d be incredible but more so, it’d be a huge help for them.
As you can see, they are getting farther and farther along in the process and where we can help, it will only get them closer and closer to the finish line with as little of a burden as possible.
All of this brings me back to the quote from the top of this post. “Be Who God Meant You to Be and You Will Set the World on Fire.” – St. Catherine of Siena.
In some ways, I feel that this year’s run and campaign are a call to something greater. It’s something greater for the Dees and maybe just for the team.
For now, I’ll leave you with this…let’s leave out the “you will” part of the quote and tweak the quote to become more of a directive. “Be Who God Meant You to Be and Set the World on Fire.”
To me, it leaves out what is possible and gives you a more bold vision of what to do. So with that, let’s set this fundraiser on fire, net those last $2,000 of the match and set the Dee’s up as well as we can going forward and we’ll see where the team goes from there.
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