How can you turn exercising into a fun and beneficial activity? You can sign up for the Gratitude in Bloom Virtual Run that benefits California International Order of the Rainbow for girls. This race can take place anywhere from your local gym to a neighborhood park and profits go towards equipping young girls the opportunity to learn leadership skills, values of community service, and the chance to earn scholarships. No matter how fast or slow you run, you earn a medal and the pride of knowing you have made an impact on this organization.
A virtual run can be as challenging or simple as you please. It is open to all ages and you don’t even have to be a fast runner. You can walk, skip, or jog a 1 mile or 5k distance. If you can’t run a mile, no sweat; you can go at your own pace and can even break up the task over several days. The fee for both the 1 mile and 5k is 28 dollars and you must register by September 22, 2016 online at https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/?raceId=34401#register. Once you sign up there is no need to report the miles you have ran. It is based on an honor system and you will receive your medal in the mail at the end of the registration period. If you cannot walk or run but would still like to donate, you can go to the website above and donate straight to CA IORG.
Upon registration, you will receive a medal. This medal is double sided and hangs upon a rainbow silk ribbon; on the back it reads “The seeds of kindness we plant in the world will be the flowers that bloom in the hearts of all we touch.” You can either keep the medal as a token of your hard work or it can be given to a loved one as a gift. If you cannot run for yourself, run in memory or devotion of someone who has impacted your life that you would like to honor.
By participating in the virtual run, you are not only challenging yourself, but are paving the way for new leaders. The money you give will help young ladies the change to learn life skills and techniques to pave the way for the future. All it takes is motivation and the willingness to give.