Kerikeri Half Marathon… in a dress!? Help me help girls in Africa go to school!

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A big heartfelt thank you to those who’ve
supported me in this worthy cause already!

I have a confession: I’m a bit of a procrastinator.

And ‘a bit’ may be something of an understatement…

In university, I was notorious for staying up all night to write essays and papers – I perfected and aptly named this, the ‘Print and Sprint’, as I’d often hand things in “hot off the press”. My flatmates and co-workers affectionately named me “Procrasta-Kathy”.

Upon coming to New Zealand to study and teach, I’d left my old-lady name behind (Kathy) but my ProcrastiKate habits were hard to shake.

3 years later, I still procrastinate. I was better for a while, but it’s flared up something chronic again as of late.

I hummed and haa-ed for ages about even entering the Half Marathon this weekend. Truthfully I’ve been pretty shite at regularly training, despite a few 10-ish km runs in the past few weeks. I haven’t followed a proper training programme or even gone for regular runs.

12km Fun Run at Tokerau Beach, 22 October 2012

I’m also headed down to Auckland for a wonderful friend’s Hen’s night party. I figure if my ex-flattie is coming back over from Aussie for the event, I ought to be able to make the 4 hour drive down to Auckland and celebrate her last thing before the ring.

I’d been meaning to do another Half ever since I did the Moro Half in Dunedin in 2009, but had always let something become an excuse (truthfully for the past 2 years there’s been an event on that involves drinking, the night before and I let that take priority).

Friday 2 November was the last night of early-bird registration. I did it just in the nick of time, to avoid a $15 increase in the entry price. And I only made it by a few hours. ProcrastiKate strikes again.

I thought that was bad enough.

Then I got to reading one of the many inspiring blogs that I follow, and I found out about Do It In A Dress.  I’d seen Dave Dean of What’s Dave Doing? mention it a few times on Twitter, but it was Caz and Craig at yTravelBlog, who really explained it in their post.  And then I kept looking into it.

My heart broke as I read the statistics and watched the YouTube clip providing facts about girls in Sierra Leone.

  • More girls get raped then go to high school in Sierra Leone.
  • Without an education, a young girl in Sierra Leone is more likely to be married before her 15th birthday and pregnant way before her body is ready. If she survives childbirth she may have to feed her family by selling her body.

At the same time, I had this sense of hope brewing inside me. I didn’t have much time (I was toying with the idea on Sunday night and the best event I could think of to do in a dress was this coming Saturday!) I tweeted something about wishing I’d thought of it earlier, and OneGirlOrg, the brains behind DoItInaDress tweeted back saying there was still time.

Okay, okay. Monday afternoon, I decided I’ll do it.

When a girl is educated, she’ll marry later and have a healthier family. For every year she stays in school she’ll increase her income by at least 10%.

I want to help girls in Africa go to school.

I’m putting it to my friends and family to help me out.  I signed up, and pleaded for help on Facebook. With only 5 days to play around with, I decided to aim for the minimum recommended amount of $240AUS ($300NZD/$250 CAD). It’s a small but hopefully noble and achievable goal, that will make a difference to at least one.

Just like the race coming up on Saturday, I can only go one step at a time. One girl at a time.

I really don’t like asking others for money, but I feel that this is a worthy cause. I would be so grateful if you’d consider donating and help me to do it in a dress, to help girls in Africa have a chance at a better life.

All you have to do is click on this link. www.doitinadress.com/kateclarke My birthday is coming up in 2 weeks – you can even count it as my present!

Thanks so much to those who’ve already supported me in my mish-mash-thrown-together-last-minute-mission! You’re each legends, making the world a better place. One girl at a time.

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  • Caz Makepeace January 2, 2013, 2:52 am

    Awesome Kate!! What an amazing achievement to run a marathon. It’s so amazing that you are supporting such a great cause as well. Good luck and let me know how it goes
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