Run the 1 - Less Than a Month Away

1947983_10152313429988833_1498924304_n.jpg

THE TIME IS NEAR!

Hey folks! I just wanted send out a blog that got more in to the "nitty gritty" of the event this year. We are less than a month away from December 2nd and things are moving well. This has been my first November not on the job in almost 8 years. This has allowed me to prep for Run the 1 more so than before. I am really excited about a number of things.

Let us discuss the general order of events for a  moment though. We haven't changed too much from the previous year but here goes. Very early in the morning on December 2nd, The run and biking will begin. Our final destination for the day will be the Big Sur Fire Station, U.S. Forest Service  Engine 18. Typically that night proves to be a special one because more people show up and we rest our bones at the Fernwood Tavern before people head back to the Engine Bay and sleep up for the next day.

Historically, our more "crazy" runners get up to begin their pilgrimage to Cayucos very early. As the sun rises, more and more people show up running and supporting. Approximately 86 miles for the day is on order and it is filled with spectacular views. The closer we get to Cayucos, the more friendly faces we see until we reach the pier and enjoy the sunset by the beach.

The night of December 3rd will bring about a massive party in downtown San Luis Obispo. Kreuzberg Cafe has the space and awesome generosity to welcome all of us, donate, and allow us to be free as we drink, be merry, and rock out to some fantastic music all for the cause. 

So that is the plan. It's pretty simple really. We just plan to run, enjoy each other's company, enjoy the incredible central coast, and further secure the futures of many deserving kids who wouldn't have any support otherwise.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN FUNDRAISING GOALS FOR THIS YEAR?

I haven't met these boys yet, they are that new. This photo was taken on their first day of school.

I haven't met these boys yet, they are that new. This photo was taken on their first day of school.

I hope everyone enjoys the pictures around this blog that showcase just how far the building has come since we started all of this. For those that don't know, Run the 1 helped raise the money needed to purchase our own land in Kigali. Since then we have helped fund some of the building of our future sustainable home for our kids and for those in the future.

As close as we are to finishing, we must remember that we are a rather small organization and we have come to a point where our day-to-day costs to keep our kids continuing on their bright paths, have recently become more pressing.

As with last year, our main priority for fundraising this year will be to pay for the school fess for all of our kids for the school year of 2017. The more kids we have that grow older, the more school costs as they succeed and head off to some of the best schools in the country.

Almost time for the roof!

Almost time for the roof!

If the school fees are met, then we will have to decide after that how we will use the funds. I have a suspicion that we will need to use the any extra funds for our monthly running costs to keep us afloat for the year. It will really depend on how well we do with the fundraising.

In a perfect world, we would raise enough for school fees, some running costs buffer for the year, and to fund some building as well. I will return to Rwanda in January and work with the father of the kids to handle this situation, and of course, I will make sure to share all of the results with you.

MORE ON SCHOOL FEES

In the meantime, allow me to show you some figures of what we are dealing with for our school fees. I think you will find the numbers to be less than you would expect. Please allow me to use specific boys as examples.

Fiston and Jack are some of our brightest pupils and will be heading into their third and fourth years of secondary school. They attend arguably the best secondary school in the country. Their school fees including materials, and transportation will cost somewhere between $500 and $600 for the whole year for each of them.

Fiston, Jack, and I during their holiday from school.

Fiston, Jack, and I during their holiday from school.

Yves is one of our most storied boys. He attends a local secondary school which do not cost as much money. His school fees will cost on average around $300.

This picture was sent to me this year. Yves is on the left. The two older boys used to live on the street. With Evode's help, they are now living on their own. They came by to visit and could not believe how Yves has grown and were amazed that he was in secondary school ( Yves was four years old on the street with them many years ago).

This picture was sent to me this year. Yves is on the left. The two older boys used to live on the street. With Evode's help, they are now living on their own. They came by to visit and could not believe how Yves has grown and were amazed that he was in secondary school ( Yves was four years old on the street with them many years ago).

David is one of our younger boys and is still in primary school. Primary school costs very little. David's school year will cost less than $50 for the entire year.

David has grown a little since this picture but he is still pretty adorable.

David has grown a little since this picture but he is still pretty adorable.

Fortunately/unfortunately many of our kids have reached secondary school now which has made us have to fund raise a lot more for school fees over the years. I keep these boys and all of them in my mind and heart when I run for this event.

AN UPDATE ON THE ARROYO GRANDE HOTSHOTS

The Arroyo Grande Hotshots are some of the backbone of Run the 1. Because I am no longer working with them anymore, I feel no shame mentioning all of their awesomeness so here goes. After spending over two months defending Big Sur, and countless hours on other fires around California, they are now currently driving across the country to help North Carolina with their many fires. They are towards the end of a season of a lifetime. Their Thanksgivings are in jeapordy. It is possible they will return right before Run the 1. All I know is I wish hem the best and hope for their safe return so we can all gather together for the event. 

The 2016 Arroyo Grande Hotshots. Magic sent me this photo from North Carolina.

The 2016 Arroyo Grande Hotshots. Magic sent me this photo from North Carolina.

 

THE RAFIKI RUN

We have had more interest from people all over the country to do their own "Rafiki Run" this year. It has been very humbling and I encourage anyone reading this, not in California, to talk to me about how you can still run with us and help the kids.

That is it for now everybody. I will bug you more in the coming weeks about things. Please remember that anything is everything in regards to support of Run the 1. Check out the website www.runthe1.org. for more information. Also feel free to contact me directly. Sully@ubakaurwanda.org.uk

Komera (Be Strong)

Sully