Why I am Running

When I was working with youth in The Gambia, they loved to sing this song by African hero Philly Lutaaya.  They sang it everyday.

Nova Scotia Gambia Association Youth

Ashley and I with our Gambian students

My job as a nurse was to prepare my Gambia students with the HIV knowledge that they needed to be peer health educators.  My students then returned to their schools to share HIV prevention messages with youth in their communities- teaching them to be safe, keeping them alive.

This song, “Alone and Frightened” has become Africa’s anthem against AIDS, especially since Philly lost his life to AIDS at age 38.  I regret that I never recorded my students singing this song but here it is by Lutaaya himself.

This is why I am running.

This is why I am running all the way across The Gambia beginning July 7.

This is why I am running the Blue Nose Full Marathon on May 22 even though it’ll be my second full marathon in 5 weeks.

This is why I want you to join me.

Please stand up and fight with me.

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6 Responses to Why I am Running

  1. Colette says:

    I am going to show my students this blog/video when I teach them about puberty, HIV/AIDS in May!

  2. Cathy says:

    I LOVE your new banner picture, Erin! You are doing an amazing job with Love4Gambia!!

  3. Dawn Hughes says:

    Another great blog entry Erin.

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