Causes, Social Media Moms

Train For Humanity

5 Comments 09 September 2008

darfur21 300x225 Train For Humanity Darfur, a country just about the size of France, is currently the scene of one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, the biggest U.N. aid operation, and the 21st century’s first genocide.

As of July 3, 2008 the Genocide Intervention Network estimates that more than 200,000 civilians have died due to violence, malnutrition, and disease and a further 2.2 million people have been displaced within Sudan and an additional 250,000 refugees have crossed the border into Chad.

What does this have to do with social media? Bloggers from all over the United States have realized that this horrifying situation has gone on for too long and are now taking action. My dear blogging friend Mark Hayward made a committment not too long ago and is spearheading the Train For Humanity project………

While serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, Mark Hayward spent his last night in the village listening to the horrific screams of the young woman on the left dying from the effects of cerebral malaria because the proper medication was not available.

That evening he made a promise to himself that one day he’d give back to the world by starting a humanitarian organization.

Years later, Mark was out running, and thought of the successful campaigns like Team in Training (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) and Joints in Motion (Arthritis Foundation) that have raised funds and awareness for their health-based organizations by utilizing everyday athletes and their training.

Mark thought, “Why hasn’t anybody used a similar model of endurance athlete training to assist with humanitarian fundraising and awareness?” and the seeds for Train for Humanity were planted.

The concept is simple: getting fit + social media + blogging = social good

Mark is so right! By using the web, social media, and blogging in tandem with everyday athletes in training, Train for Humanity is set to support those organizations that help prevent suffering and alleviate the pain of children, orphans, and refugees who have been displaced due to genocide or internal strife and war within their country.

How can you help? For starters, you can sponsor a TFH athlete. You may recognize the names Leo Babuta and Dan Clements. Both are big time bloggers and along with Mark Hayward are trying to raise $50,000.

If a donation is something that you just can’t do right now then consider spreading the word about this organization through a blog post, Plurk post, Twitter post or some other viral social media tool. TFH has even made a sample post that you can use to make it easy for you to communicate the tragedy that is taking place in other parts of our world and how we can help.

You can financially support Mark, Dan and Leo here.

I’m doing my part, what are you doing?

pixel Train For Humanity

- who has written 199 posts on Social Media Mom.

Contact the author

Your Comments

5 Comments so far

  1. Lorna Harris says:

    This is such an important message to get across and using social media is such a quick and easy way to do it. Hopefully everyone will do as much as they can. Thanks for drawing it to our attention Kristen.

  2. socialmediamom says:

    Lorna~ You are so welcome. I so have a heart for causes like these. Often times I feel like I live in a bubble with every amenity money can buy. It is wonderful when someone like Mark figures out a way to help others by tapping into our blessings.

  3. Robin says:

    Hi, I just gave you the “I love your blog” award. Stop by mine, to snag your button and get details on how to pass it on.

  4. Tamal Anwar says:

    Its so sad, thank you for letting us aware of this…

  5. mark_hayward says:

    Hi Kristen - thank you so much for the mention and support!! Your kindness is inspiring. :)

Share your view

Post a comment



© 2012 Social Media Mom.