5 Quotes to Challenge You

Quick Blog Post Today:  Thought I’d share some really moving and inspirational quotes that challenge me to try harder, do more, etc.  Hope they do the same for you!

Number 1:

“Everyone agrees that primary education is the salvation of struggling societies – that every additional year of schooling – beyond providing the glorious wellspring of knowledge – brings with it the best chance to defeat poverty, the best chance for better parenting, better health, better nutrition, great opportunity, and a direct line to economic growth”

-Stephen Lewis

Number 2:

“No reform is possible unless some of the educated and the rich voluntarily accept the status of the poor, travel third, refuse to enjoy the amenities denied to the poor, and instead of taking avoidable hardships, discourtesies, and injustices as a matter of course, fight for their removal”


Number 3:

“I have seen time and again that if you stay with a challenge, if you are convinced that you are right to do so, and if you give it everything you have, it is amazing what can happen”

-Wangari Maathai

Number 4:

“If the entire population of the planet is represented by 100 people, 57 live in Asia, 21 in Europe, 14 in North and South America, and 8 in Africa.  The numbers of Asians and Africans are increasing every year, while the number of Europeans and North Americans is decreasing.  50% of the wealth of the world is in the hands of 6 people, all of whom are American.  70 people are unable to read or write.  50 suffer from malnutrition due to insufficient nutrition.  35 do not have access to safe drinking water.  80 live in sub-standard housing.  Only 1 has a university or college degree.  Most of the population of the globe live in substantially different circumstances than those we in the first world take for granted”

-Romeo Dallaire, Shake Hands with the Devil.

Number 5:

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit”


If you agree with these as I do, please help me to support the Nova Scotia Gambia Association and the work they are doing to change the health and rights of children across a country.  Small donations can have a BIG impact overseas!   Everything counts and a bit of money can go a long way towards educating youth on essential health practices in The Gambia.  For $20 (less than the cost of most 5km races) you can cover the costs of a health education billboard in The Gambia, and for $50 (less than the cost of most marathon entry fees) you can cover the costs of a drama troupe production around a health/human rights topic, arming an entire community with health promotion knowledge.

Thanks and happy running!

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