Friday, January 14, 2011

Marathon and Donations

Hey Everyone,

What up? I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years! Several of you, my devoted readers, have expressed interest in making donations of some sort to my schools and whatnot, which we still definitely need, but here is an opportunity for you to help fund a scholarship for a worthy student to attend an excellent independent high school in Mpumalanga Province called Uplands College. The KLM Foundation is an organization that was founded by two PCVs (Peace Corps Volunteers) who served here in South Africa a few years ago. They use an annual marathon as a fundraiser for the scholarship and the child they choose is very carefully selected, having gone through a four-tier application process. So far seven children have been chosen and are doing very well at the school and beyond. If you want to know more about the organization their website is

I will be participating in the marathon which is on March 27th in Sabie, Mpumalanga, not too far from Kruger National Park. You can either do a half or an ultra marathon, and I will be participating in the half, which is 21.1KM (13 miles). Many Peace Corps volunteers will be taking part, probably over 70 of us, so it should be a lot of fun to meet people from other groups and run in this beautiful part of the country, which I haven't been to yet.

In addition to having a good time though, the main reason for taking part is to support the KLM foundation. There may be other projects I encounter along my way here, but this is very worthy indeed, and one for which I am asking your support in the form of a donation. Please give what you can; any amount is appreciated. Even if you can only give $10 or $20, it is much needed. (Of course, we would love larger donations!) And it is tax-deductible. So please go to the KLM website to make a donation, just click on the 'donate' photo. Make sure to put my name in the white box where it asks for the Longtom runner you want to sponsor (Longtom is the name of the marathon).

The online donation is preferable, but you can also mail in a check. Please make it payable to "Kgwale Le Mollo (US)" and send it to:

KLM Foundation (US)
c/o Bowen Hsu
461 So. Bonita Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91107

Please make sure to include a note that your donation is on my behalf.

Thanks so much for your support, and especially for supporting the child who is chosen to attend Uplands College next year. I'll let you know how the weekend goes, and how many funds we, Peace Corps volunteers, collected.



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