It’s Time to Help the Environment

Are you ready!?

It’s time to kick off my journey to help the environment!

I know I have been talking about this fundraiser for months and the time has finally come to announce it!

On June 5th I will be running the
San Diego Rock n’ Roll Marathon…for the environment.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love that everyone has run for organizations like Susan G. Komen, Leukemia and Lymphoma and the Michael J. Fox Foundation, but what about the environment?  Why does no one run to help the grass that we wiggle our toes in, the oceans we swim in and the forests we run in?

I am making it a mission now to run for the environment.  I have been working hard through school and work to make sure that I do what is best to deter the amount of damage I do to it and advocate it’s importance, but now I want a bigger impact.  One person can only do so much, which is why I want your help.

There are a lot of organizations out there that I love including the Rainforest Alliance, the Ocean Conservancy, and the Nature Conservancy, along with local organizations like the Sea and Sage Audubon Society and TREAT and trying to narrow it down to one to raise for was hard.  But I decided on one, and I think it is a great organization, as I’ve been donating to them since I can remember.

World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) has been working to help the environment for almost 50 years, growing from a small group of scientists, naturalists and business groups to over 1.2 million members in the U.S. and almost 5 million worldwide and helping out in over 100 different countries (source).  You can read more about the history of the group here, along with their mission to help as much as they can.

I am planning on doing many events and things in the next few months to help raise up to the $3,000 goal I have including:

  • Species Adoption Giveaway
  • Blogger Bake Sale and/or Silent Auction
  • Donate my March, April and May’s blog incomes
  • Bumper sticker, magnet, t-shirts and more giveaways
  • Gathering others to run the race (there is also a 1/2 Marathon and Marathon Relay!) and help raise money
  • And much more!

I hope that all of you will help me out in this project as you all know how close the environment is to my heart.  I will be doing special posts about certain animals and areas of importance so if there are any you would love to hear about let me know!  I would be more than happy to bring awareness about areas you are interested in!

For donations and more information about the fundraiser, you can visit my Panda Page through WWF.  I’ve also created a page for reference to this information and my panda page, along with a widget on the side bar!!!

Any amount of money will help, for $1 to $100!!!  I can’t wait to see where this goes!

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13 Responses to It’s Time to Help the Environment

  1. Sam says:

    I saw this shirt in some store a couple days ago, your blog post reminded me of it, so I got a double laugh out of it :)

    http://www.studiotees.com/images/yi18/38389.jpg

  2. thehealthyapron says:

    Aww I love anything that benefits the environment! I try to do my part for sure but there is still so much more I could be doing!

  3. eliz@thesweetlife says:

    What a great thing you're doing! Good luck.

  4. Maria says:

    last year, I ran the Chicago Rock N Roll half marathon for the same organization. I think more people need to become aware, that although running for cancer is awesome, there are so many charities out there that people tend to forget about. Thanks for raising awareness!

  5. Rebecca says:

    SO SO SO COOL!! I love that they're spreading awareness and raising donations towards other causes

    Have a great Friday :)

  6. Lauren says:

    What a cool idea!

  7. Christine (The Raw Project) says:

    Wow on the marathon, that's awesome! This is a great thing you're doing and I agree on the environmental help, so much awareness is needed. I would love to help and can host giveaways and contests too.

  8. Katy (The Singing Runner) says:

    Aww…how exciting! I am definitely going to try and help you! :) Congratulations!

  9. glidingcalm says:

    ooo! I am so excited for you and for this!! you are an inspiration, and such an amazing person, Melissa.

    I adore you. Please know that!!!

  10. Meredith (Pursuing Balance: Diary of a Dietetic Intern) says:

    yay! i'm so excited for this! i actually have trouble donating money to health-related causes sometimes if i know the organization does animal research . . . the thought that my money could be used to cause some poor animal pain and suffering, even though the benefit may be good in the long run, is just too much to bear :( so i'm really happy with your cause!!! for posts about animals, i <3 orangutans, sloths, and manatees!!! heck, i'll even guest post on manatees if you want :) good luck!

  11. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) says:

    This is so awesome!!! You know you'll have my support. :)

  12. Krista says:

    This is awesome, Melissa! And I totally agree that the Earth is more than deserving. I'm off to your page to donate!! :)

  13. Adina says:

    Hey! I think this is soo Great!! You're just awesome! I would love to run for a cause. how did you get connected?

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