Another Marathon Milestone for REACH Grenada! Just Under $100-thousand USD raised to help Spice Isle kids
Team REACH Grenada celebrates its outstanding fundraising success in the ING New York City Marathon for the second year in a row! On 7th November 2010 the team not only crossed the world famous finish line but also smashed projected fundraising targets to raise an impressive $90,000 in sponsorship, from nearly 700 donors, for charity REACH Grenada. One hundred percent of the proceeds will support REACH Grenada’s therapeutic programs benefiting children in residential care in Grenada.
Mr Neo Moreton, Executive Director of the charity and Team Captain comments:
“I am so proud of our runners for their commitment to supporting our mission, persevering through 26.2 miles, and helping us exceed our target by over $15,000. In all ways, our participation in the ING NYC Marathon has been a runaway success and certainly paves the way for future fundraising!”
This year’s REACH Grenada team consisted of 25 runners including representatives from Canada, USA and France and 8 representatives from St George’s University, Grenada. Sporting their REACH Grenada T-shirts with pride and driven by a shared goal to raise money to help children in Grenada, the team focused on the challenge ahead and ran determinedly through 5 boroughs of New York, all lined with huge cheering spectators and supporters, to cross the finish line. Team REACH Grenada member Christine Czuba commented: “What a fun day … what an amazing experience … what tired feet I have! It was great to meet everyone and really understand the reason beyond Reach Grenada. I sure wore my t-shirt proudly during the entire race.”
REACH Grenada’s aim to establish a longstanding tradition of marathon participation and an ongoing source of sponsorship to fund a wide range of ongoing projects that are helping vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Grenada is clearly on the road to being fulfilled. Participation in this year’s special event has already inspired many of the 2010 team runners to sign up for next year’s ING NYC marathon as team member Jay Greenbaum comments:
“[The marathon] was amazing. Congrats on a great fundraiser which is now an official tradition for me! Can’t wait until next year!”
The members of Team REACH Grenada and special guest, Joe “Country” Greenidge, attended a pre-marathon pasta party hosted by Dr Karen Lawson, co-Founder of REACH Grenada and six-time marathon runner. Event sponsors included: Reach Grenada, Julien Farel Salon, Karma Kids Yoga, Gnosis Chocolate, Sensible Sitters and the Queen Elizabeth Home of Tempe.
The ING New York City Marathon continues to grow in popularity year upon year. A massive 44,829 runners, representing 111 different countries completed the race this year raising a colossal $30 million for 8,200 charities including REACH Grenada.