Team Heart: They went anyway!
The New York Marathon was cancelled for the first time in history, as the city worked frantically to pick up the pieces from Superstorm Sandy. In spite of the cancellation and the thousands of cancelled flights to New York, some of the brave runners of Team Heart went anyway. Congratulations for the team for finishing the marathon distance by doing four laps around Central Park – just like at the beginning of the marathon’s history before Fred Lebow expanded the event to the five boroughs. The Team Heart runners: Ági Klem, Péter Háberl, Klára Holló and Melinda Lévárd, who made the trip on their own expense, collected more than 500,000 HUF in donations, all of which will go towards our programs for the Care Home residents in culture, sports and other areas. Thanks to everyone who contributed and to our great runners for so bravely forging ahead!
Hearts on the tree
Villa Bagatelle and Bagatellini in MOM PARK will continue the charitable tradition of the Gingerbread Heart project. This means that once again a beautiful Christmas tree will be put up in both places decorated by gingerbread hearts, each displaying the name, age and Christmas wish of a child or young person living in one of Budapest's institutions. Patrons can choose a heart, purchase and wrap the gift and leave it with the shop -- and we'll ensure that each Seedling receives his or her gift. It's a lovely one-on-one donation arrangement that captures the true spirit of Christmas. The tree will be up at Villa Bagatelle and Bagatellini from November 23, 2012.
Miles for smiles: Moving forward
As of last week, our kilometer counter reached the 200,000 mark! At this point we’d like to issue an enthusiastic expression of thanks to all of you out there who submitted. Some statistics: as of mid-November we had 1,366 submissions. You all contributed kilometers from all over Hungary as well as from the US and Australia. We have received kilometers not only Budapest but Magyaralmás, Bodajk, Érd, Tárnok, Pécs, Vienna, London, Paris and Italy’s Lake Garda Marathon. Nearly 70 percent of the submitted kilometers were from runners, but we also heard from cyclists, Spinning class participants, swimmers, skiers, mountain climbers and dog walkers. Although originally we planned only to run the kilometer counting campaign until the end of November, by popular demand we’ve decided to continue it until April. So put on your cold weather gear and keep logging your workouts! As fast as the kilometers are rolling in, we’re looking for ways to sell them off to sponsors to help fund our sports and cultural programs for the Seedlings. We’ve had some extremely generous sponsorships so far like the 5 million HUF from Market Construction last spring or the 1,000,000 HUF from KPMG Hungary just recently.
Now we’re launching “Miles for Smiles” – a call to everybody in the community to pitch in and buy kilometers at the rock-bottom price of 1,000 HUF/km.
Here are a few simple equations for what your sponsorship can achieve:
5 km (5,000 HUF) = one trip to a concert with pizza afterwards
10 km (10,000 HUF) = two puppet show tickets with ice cream
50 km (50,000 HUF) = three months’ sessions of pet therapy for a group of 8-10 Seedlings at a local animal shelter
500 km (500,000 HUF) = construction of a special sensory therapy room at one of the Care Homes at Rege utca
672 km (672,000 HUF) = a year’s swimming program for a group of 20 Seedlings
Want to be a Miles for Smiles sponsor? Please contact us for more information. You can send your donations to our PayPal link indicating what child you wish to sponsor.
Be the inspiration: Kristin Faurest
As part of our continuing introduction to the people behind Seedling Trust’s work, this month we present Kristin – a landscape designer and avid long-distance runner who has provided professional support to Seedling Trust’s work from the earliest days. As a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, Kristin recognizes the great value in small-scale, grassroots community organizations like the Trust. “There is not a day when I don’t contemplate how fortunate I am to have two healthy, active kids,” Kristin says of Lance, 8, and Sequoia, 2. “I think the Trust really does so much to improve the lives of kids and young adults who haven’t been so lucky. I’m glad to be able to contribute to their mission.”
We depend on voluntary funding - any small amount - or kind support is highly appreciated. It takes so little to do so much...
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