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#Gaza5K – where every step and $$ counts


In a couple of weeks I’ll be walking, not running, in the #Gaza5K to raise funds for UNRWA-USA to support the Gaza mental health progran for Palestinian refugees.  This will be my 3rd year and I’m really looking forward to it.

My goal is $1000 this year.  As of August 21, I’m 1/4 of the way there so I really need to focus on my fundraising and would appreciate any donation of any size. Donations are tax deductible, and I’m confident that the funds are spent wisely.  Please check out my story here.   And here’s my story and photos from the #Gaza5K last year when I exceeded my goal of $2,000. To make a safe and secure donation, please click here.  Thank you!




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Thinking about you!

I’m thinking of so many people I met in Gaza (9/12 – 5/13) and wondering how they are managing in the aftermath of the horrific massacres and devastation this summer. The LameStream media has left Gaza, and the donors will be circling in Cairo soon but no one from Gaza will be there, and Israel is violating the ceasefire with impunity. Where is the justice?

Palestinians are now facing a winter without shelter, and dirty, unsafe water. Medical supplies are nearly non-existent, and electricity is considered a luxury.  A LUXURY!

Unseen, however, is the trauma from Israel’s 51 days of shelling. My heart aches for the fear and numbness many of these children must have felt, and will feel, for the foreseeable future.

Americans can help make a little dent in the healing process by participating in the UNRWA-USA Gaza Solidarity 5K run/walk in San Francisco on October 18 or Los Angeles/Orange County on October 25.

By participating, you will directly support UNRWA’s psycho-social support program to provide these children with critically needed counseling services, offering them a safe space to express their emotions and fears, and the opportunity to work with trained counselors to learn valuable coping skills.

If you can’t join the festivities, you can participate by supporting one of the teams running.  Check out this link to choose a team and make your online donation. And here’s the team I’m supporting.

We are running and donating in the name of our beloved cousin Mohammad Abu Khdeir, a 16 yr old boy who was brutally taken from us by Israeli settlers on July 2, 2014 and for all Palestinian children who will never get to grow up, and the ones who were forced to grow up too soon. #FreePalestine #FreeGaza #Justice4Mohammad

PLEASE!  Open your pocketbook and support these young people in Gaza.

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There are many, many, many others I’m thinking of and praying that they’re OK!



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Asking for donations. شكرأ

I know alot of people don’t like to ask for money.   Since we don’t have public financing for federal office in the United States, our politicians have to spend a good share of their time with their hands out, rather than governing. 

You can learn about this fundraising challenge in Congress here.  In the current presidential race,Obama and Romney have already raised more than $450 million!   

Imagine what you could do with 1/2 billion dollars?

In these tough times, alot of things come to mind.   Like putting some of those 100,000 teachers who lost their jobs in the past 12 months back in the classroom.  See here.   Or feeding all of those children in the US who are hungry, by some accounts 1 of every 5 children.  See here.    Or putting a roof over the homeless in the US sleeping in their cars or under bridges.  Watch this 3 minute video.

I don’t like asking friends and family for money, but there are two projects that I’m committed to and really hope I will get donations.   The first campaign is for donations to purchase medical supplies to take to Gaza with me next month.  For five years now, the Israeli blockade has choked Gazans in many ways, but the dialysis patients in the hospitals grab my heart.  Read about the crisis here

I contacted a doctor in the hospital in Gaza and learned what equipment and supplies are specifically needed for these dialysis patients.  And then I started calling dialysis centers in Albuquerque.  There has been some interest, but I’m still waiting to “close the deal.”  And two friends have donated a nebulizer machine and some orthopedic equipment.

I’ve started an online donation page and collected some funds which I will use to purchase small medical supplies for Gaza.   Check it out here.

The second project for which I’m asking donations is the great idea of a recent engineering graduate of the Islamic University of Gaza.  He wants to educate students about the importance of recycling and dividing the waste stream into containers at 20 schools in the Gaza strip.   You can help him here with your contribution.

Asking for money is not easy, certainly not fun, but is so important.   These are tough times and there are many needs.  But I hope people will be drawn to help these two projects.  Every little bit helps.

Shukran!   شكرأ


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