I have been a little less public about my upcoming Avon Walk this year. When I walked last year with the Affiliate Marketers Give Back Team I wanted to make sure I could keep up with that amazing group that was assembled. Walking with Missy, Chris, Brook, Melissa, and Lynette was an awesome experience. I was proud to support such a great cause and humbled by the giving spirit of our team. Because I know better what to expect this time, and because many people have already graciously donated to the prior walk (and this one), I have focused more on the training and am trying new fundraising efforts. This year the walk is in Chicago June 5-6, 2010.
To that end, this Saturday (5/29/2010), I am partnering with Jersey Mikes Sub Shop in Frisco/Plano and a portion of the proceeds from the 11-3 lunch hour will be donated to our cause. I love their food and it is great that a business like this will partner with its patrons for charitable causes. If you are in Dallas, please come by and help support this cause just by eating lunch (as you normally do). In addition to the food, we will be giving away DealTaker.com t-shirts and other swag. It will be a fun time. If you have read this and cannot make it by, please consider a direct, tax-deductible donation – Avon Walk Chicago Kstraw – thank you for your support.
Having been mostly focused on a secondary blog to update daily event related to the Avon Walk, it is time to share a very positive update here on MindCradle. BTW, the other blog is located at http://kstrawwalks.wordpress.com. The support I have received has been overwhelming.
Today I, representing DealTaker.com, passed the initial goal ($5,000.00) set for the fundraising portion of the walk and am now sitting at $5,287 and looking to go higher. Our Affiliate Marketers Give Back team is also doing great, on the whole, at just over 50% of our $50,000 goal. We have an auction ending tonight that should raise well over $10,000 in additional funds.
For me, the fundraising has been a blessing, but the training has also been amazing. Knowing that I am walking for such a substantial cause has kept me motivated to train each and every day (well, I am taking off one day a week to recover after long walks). Knowing that I just walked 10 miles each day for the last two days (on top of the weeks of training before that) is incredible. I am looking forward to the 40 mile walk in two days to see just how far I can push myself. Two weeks from this Sunday I will know.
Thanks to all those that have supported me with the kind words, the encouragement, and the donations. I know that I do not walk alone. Finally, I build my support through Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
I have been so busy focused on getting updates to a new blog, posting information on DealTaker, and tweeting that I overlooked MindCradle. I am participating in the Los Angeles Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. I started training 17 weeks ago (just walking to get into shape again to start playing indoor soccer) and about 8 weeks ago the opportunity to participate in this walk came up. I am joining the Affiliate Marketers Give Back team which consists of affiliate marketers from the affiliate side as well as the merchant side. The walk is 40 miles over two days and will be quite a challenge. As part of the walk, I am also working to raise awareness and money. If you are interested in helping out with a donation of any size, please go here – http://tk2.us/donate4AvonWalk. To see more of my updates on a blog I have dedicated to this event, please go here – http://kstrawwalks.wordpress.com.
Thank you for your support.