Two of my favorite authors, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Mark Twain, warned against the overuse of the exclamation point–urging us to use it only in the absolute most appropriate moments. Well, I think this might be one of them: we’ve reached our fundraising goal! Thanks to you, we’ve raised $100,000 for Worldreader! According to another author, Terry Pratchett, five exclamation marks is the sure sign of an insane mind. By golly- I feel insanely happy about reaching this milestone!!!!!
Why? I’ve seen first hand where this money goes and I have to say, Worldreader is one of the more well-run, innovative, results-focused, change-making non-profits out there. By efficiently getting books to remote places, Worldreader is making people powerful with information: it’s giving people the tools to decide what medicine to take and who to vote for. It’s giving children the ability to teach their parents to read. It’s empowering teachers like never before. What can be more ingenious than that?
Friends and Fam: you fueled this. So many of you participated and donated a lot of dough…Emily, Mauricio and I are all truly humbled by all of your support. Huge Thank You.
And some new folks stumbled upon our cause and donated with messages like: “I don’t have a lot of money. But I want to live in a shared world and give my little donation to help these little guys growing in a better world, too.” Wow- how awesome!
When we set out to do this a little less than a year ago, we honestly thought both goals, raising $100,000 for our favorite non-profit and swimming Gibraltar, were impossible. But we went big. And, thanks to you, we think anything is possible. Now, hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate and let us do our thing.
Susan, Emily and Mauricio
Categories: Swim4Good, Worldreader
Congratulations! You have accomplished the hardest part of your challenge, swam many miles and rise 100 000 dollars…now comes the easy part, just enjoy your swim, you are ready to go.
Gracias Antonio! We still have another challenge to overcome…the weather. The Strait has had un-swimmable weather since June 20th. My worst nightmare would be to not even get the green light to get in the water. I’m thinking positive, but there is a possibility of the conditions not improving, and us coming back empty handed without even getting wet. We’ll see. We get to Tarifa on Saturday, and from there, we wait. Saludos,