Hitting the Internet Up for Cash

Less than two months to go before I possibly die trying to run 56k. I’m going to run some sort of race to raise money for the KLM foundation, which sends promising rural South African students to private school. I’m still well short of the goal of $5600. So looks like I’ll be running a mere 13.1k. Weak.

I know some of you hate me, now’s your chance to take me out and not have to worry about legal repercussions. I’m looking for that big, fat $5600 check. That’s half what a hitman would cost, and you can’t be found guilty of conspiracy. The only thing you’ll be guilty of is helping to make the world a better place.

The KLM Foundation was started by some former Peace Corps Volunteers with the goal of educating the future leaders of South Africa. From the  KLM foundation website:

Kgwale le Mollo (KLM) Foundation gives educational scholarships to girls and boys from economically disadvantaged, rural communities of the Mpumalanga province to attend secondary school at one of South Africa’s leading institutions. The programme emphasizes scholarship and service and as a result, award recipients are talented, motivated young people who wish to better themselves and their country. We recruit young people who want to change their world.

In collaboration with Uplands College, the KLM Foundation offers tuition and maintenance scholarships to young South African students entering secondary school. Each year, one recipient scholar is selected to enroll in the 8th grade at Uplands College. Tuition, room, board, academic fees, travel expenses, tutoring and a modest allowance are provided to the recipient scholar for five years.

KLM Foundation identifies and nurtures young South Africans with the potential to lead their country into the future. Despite the barriers of poverty and economic deprivation, South Africa’s rural communities possess the talent, innovation and vision that brought about the democratic transformation of the country a decade ago. Now, more than ever, young South Africans of talent and promise need the education to carry forward that legacy.

Donating is easy:

1) Go to the KLM Foundation Website and click the Donate button in the top right corner.

2) Fill out the form. You can donate (much) less than $100 if you want. Even a few bucks is awesome.

3) In the Longtom Marathon box (“If you are making this donation in support of a participant in the Longtom Marathon, please indicate the runner’s name”) put my name, Michael “Shin Splint Mothership” Sherman .

4) Revel in your support of a future South African leader and government-funded physical therapy.

You can also donate by check. Ask me for help or read the instructions on the Donate page.

Please let me know if you have problems or questions, or have a peek at the KLM website.

Thank you all for reading.