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Humanitarian Initiative

I have some exciting news and a very worthwhile cause to tell you about today. Three very wise and humble bloggers have come up with a formula for helping the afflicted in Darfur, a region in Western Sudan.

In case you are not aware of the situation, over the past five years, 200,000 civilians have died due to violence, malnutrition, and disease in Darfur and an additional 2.2 million people have been displaced. These three bloggers want to do something about it.

I was introduced to Mark Hayward by way of this article – Pardon me, is that an arrow in your head? – whilst I was training for the Kokoda trek. Mark served in Papua New Guinea in the Peace Corps as a volunteer and has many stories to tell of his two year stint there.

Mark has teamed up with fellow bloggers Leo Babauta from Zen Habits, Dan Clements from Escape-101 and Andrew Flusche in this unique launch of an online non-profit humanitarian organisation: – getting fit + social media + blogging = social good.

The three pilot project athlete-bloggers, Mark Hayward, Dan Clements, and Leo Babauta are hoping to raise awareness for the current crisis in Darfur and funds for the organization Darfur Peace and Development. All three are training for endurance events of varying distances ranging from a triathlon to a marathon.

You can help by:

  • Spreading the word of this project by blogging about it – they do have a sample post which you could copy and paste if you wish to or write it your way.
  • Sponsoring one or all of these athletes is another way to help. Their aim is to raise $50,000 for the cause as they train for their respective endurance events.
  • Displaying a Train for Humanity badge on your site to raise awareness like the one in my far right sidebar.

Please consider doing what you can to help these gentleman reach their goal whether it be by raising awareness or sponsoring them and THANK YOU for taking the time to read this post.


16 comments to “Humanitarian Initiative”

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  1. I must say this is quite a unique approach. The aid situation in Darfur is virtually at a standstill – and I too believe we must do what-ever we can no matter how little it may seem.

    I am going to look into TFH a bit more later. In the mean time, I’ve shared your post with my friends on Twitter.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for writing about this Ange. Very cool. I’ll pass it on where I can. I love hearing about collaborations using teamwork in social media for a good cause. An idea + a team = results. πŸ™‚

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  3. Welcome Jaffer! It is an extraordinary feat these bloggers have taken on and the more awareness this gets, the more likely they are to succeed! In fact, they have already succeeded by establishing the site. Pass it on as you see fit πŸ™‚

  4. This is a great way to help the less fortunate than us in an area of the world that gets forgotten especially with the current financial crisis and even something as trivial as election poll data.

    I do all my runs and triathlons for charity as they’re a great way to help and to increase motivation on a wet and windy brick session day πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for sharing

  5. Hiya Mark! It is my pleasure to bring awareness of your initiative to the blogosphere and wish for it to reach as many readers as possible for you.

    It is a wonderful idea and a very worthwhile cause. Children who are caught up in these circumstances need to be taken care of by someone so together we’ll spread the word and get it out there!

    Nice to have you here πŸ™‚

  6. I think it is a very good idea, if all people gather together, we can solve a lot of problems. But first we should know about people who suffer, and your blog will help to people to learn about these problems. So I am also going to help you to spread humanity.

  7. Thanks for sharing this! It’s really selfless for these 3 wonderful bloggers to go the extra mile for charity. Having recently trained and completed two 10km runs, I can only imagine the efforts they’ll have to put in towards it. Kudos!

    Btw, I can’t remember how I found your blog but I’m really loving the content. Keep up the great work!


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  8. MaycleSnulley says: May 31, 2009 at 4:27 am

    I just came back from vaction and my boss surprised me with a lay off. So I’m pretty depressed right now and looking for another damn job. I got plan to make some money and got my self in Hawaii, I just dream about that wonderful place in the world.