Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the annual NSGA African dinner and auction. I was told that this would be a good opportunity to share information about my Love4Gambia campaign, and to enjoy a great meal and good company. I was also told that there would be a brief presentation about Love4Gambia 2013, with a message
from the 2012 runner, Andrea Moritz, and a god luck wish from the Mayor of Halifax, Mike Savage. I was told to bring my running shoes that were donated to my run in January by Aerobics First. The mayor was going to hand them over to me as a symbol of good luck with my 424km run across The Gambia. Woohoo!, support from the Mayor, that’s pretty neat! The only thing was that I have been running in the shoes since January (varying 60-85km per week), and they are quite dirty, stinky, etc. Not exactly something I want the mayor to have to hold onto. Nevertheless, I showed up with the runners in a grocery bag and gave them to the event coordinator to have ready.
The event was excellent: well organized, with wonderful food, entertainment, company, and auction items. When it was my turn to come up on stage I was jittery nervous, hoping not to jumble my words, trip, and so forth. The MC, Olga Milosevich, and the Mayor, Mike Savage, both had very kind words for me. Then, quite unexpectedly, the mayor pulled out a new pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 16s! Holy moly, I was expecting my regular old running shoes, not a brand new pair! I was definitely surprised! I would like to thank Mike Savage or his good luck wishes, and Aerobics First for donating another pair of running shoes to train in for my Love4Gambia campaign. Thanks to everyone at the dinner for their
wishes of good luck. It really means a lot to me to do this with so much support from Nova Scotia. This event was definitely a great re-motivator to continue pushing in my training and fundraising efforts.
Thanks again to everyone!
If you would like to support my run and health for children across The Gambia, you can donate HERE. Thanks!