Giving to Lisa Shannon's Run for Congo Women
From O Magazine’s 2010 Power List issue:
[Lisa] knew that it takes only $27 to sponsor a Congolese woman for an entire month—money used to pay for things like food, schooling, medical supplies, and job-skills training. So in 2005, Shannon conceived a unique fund-raiser. She set a goal of completing a solo run of the 30.16-mile Wildwood Trail in Portland, Oregon, hoping to raise enough money to sponsor 31 women for a year—one for each mile. She hoped she could give them the tools they needed to get back on their feet, and contribute to rebuilding their shattered communities. All told, she would raise $28,000—enough to fund 80 yearlong sponsorships. Because of her vision and power, Shannon no longer runs alone: That same year she founded Run for Congo Women. More than 4,000 people have participated in a run since the initiative began, raising nearly $800,000. Shannon went from bystander to activist, forging intimate friendships in the Democratic Republic of Congo and using her passion, her empathy, and her dedication to forever change the lives of scores of women, many of whom she will never meet.To learn more about Run for Congo Women, click here.
- John Prendergast, co-founder of The Enough Project