Team REACH Grenada Runs 2011 ING NYC Marathon to Benefit Vulnerable Children in Grenada

Team REACH Grenada is proud to announce that it has set a new fundraising record with the 2011 ING NYC Marathon, so far, REACH has raised an impressive $100,000 USD this year to support its therapeutic programs in care homes for abused and abandoned children in Grenada. For the third year in a row, Team REACH Grenada’s runners were united behind one goal: run 26.2 miles in support of the children whom the charity serves.

Team REACH Grenada Runner, Philomena Robertson, at the Finishing Line

REACH Grenada’s runners come from all over the world in support of the charity’s mission to help the most vulnerable children of Grenada. 2011’s team consisted of 25 runners including representatives from USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy and Grenada. Clad in their REACH Grenada T-shirts, teammates hit the pavements and churned through all 5 boroughs of New York City, lined with crowds of cheering spectators and supporters. A first time marathon runner, Nathan Sheard comments:

I can’t thank the entire team at REACH Grenada enough. This has been an amazing experience and a wonderful opportunity to give back while meeting and exceeding personal goals in such a highly supportive environment.”

Over 600 donors worldwide contributed to the organization’s fundraising campaign on behalf of its team of marathon runners. One dedicated teammate, Chiara Ferragamo, set the team’s personal fundraising record by raising an astounding $31,000 USD for REACH Grenada. One hundred percent of the proceeds will support REACH Grenada’s programs which include Mentoring and Youth Yoga Life Skills classes benefiting children in residential care homes on the island. Proceeds will also support REACH Grenada’s Caregiver Education programs, delivering training and coaching support in Conscious Discipline® for staff and managers of group residential homes.

Karen Lawson, co-founder of REACH Grenada and team REACH marathon runner, comments:

Running the NYC Marathon is truly a triumph of the human spirit, body, and mind. Running the NYC Marathon along with 24 other dedicated souls was, for me, a peak experience that combined human solidarity, determination and fierce dedication to our goal of easing the lives of Grenada’s most vulnerable children. I wish that the children could have witnessed the outpouring of love and commitment that was generously offered by Team REACH Grenada as they kept their eye on the prize of the finish line- a metaphor for the hope and healing that will someday be theirs.”

Team REACH Grenada is proud to continue its tradition of marathon participation, and looks forward to competing in the 2012 ING NYC Marathon. The charity is already receiving requests from runners wishing to join the 2012 team. If you or somebody you know is interested in running with Team REACH Grenada in 2012, please email

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