I can't believe this is actually my 100th post! Wow. Never thought I would have so much to say in only 8 months since I started this blog. I knew this moment was coming and had everything planned out in my head how it was going to be a total knitting content post and what not. But as fate would have it, this post is going to be about something very close and dear to my heart.
Some of you may have already received an email from me in regards to the Need For Speed Relay Against Domestic Violence that I am participating in on June 8th. This is a 50 mile relay race begining in Bear Mountain and ending all the way in downtown New Rochelle. I am one of a six person team (3 guys and 3 gals). As far as I know I am the only Domestic Abuse Survivor on my team.
I am fundraising for this relay because of the cause. This is something that many people do not completely understand unless they have experienced it themselves. In casual conversations I have heard so many people say "Why doesn't she just leave?". There are so many answers to that simple question and to why she doesn't just up and leave. The biggest one is fear. Fear of what will happen. I faced that fear and got out. But I am lucky to have gotten out. I am a survivor of a 6 year abuse. I was lucky I had no children. I was lucky I had a family to turn to, even if they didn't know the whole story. Many are not so lucky. Many have children.
"It is estimated that each year up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence"
Back in 2005, I ran a Mother's Day race in Central Park that was a fundraiser for Domestic Violence. At that time I raised over $800. Now I am fundraising under a different race, but for the same cause. Specifically the money raised in this race will go to the Avon Foundation Helping Children of Domestic Violence program. It would be a dream for me to be able to raise at least that amount again.
If you can, I ask that you stop by my fundraising site and donate, even if it's only $5.00. Every little bit helps.
Thank you from the bottom to the top of my heart!