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Walking for a Cause

Alexandra Williams, MA

Walking is great exercise. It helps keep you healthy, gets you out in the fresh air and is a wonderful way to relax. It’s also a fabulous way to raise money for your favorite charity.

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Bought glow shoes for one son; Skechers gave me a pair of running shoes for my other son. Grateful!

Two walking-related items are near and dear to my heart, and I hope you’ll consider both.

SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk

First up is the October 27 SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk. Based in Manhattan and Hermosa Beach in Southern California, the walk raises money to support children with special needs, as well education in the South Bay (the area of L.A. County that includes the two beach towns).

This is a triple-hitter for me – I was raised in Hermosa Beach, I have a child with special needs, and I love to walk. After attending the blogger press conference about the walk, I was totally hooked. According to Jill Jensen, the manager of Events & Outreach for SKECHERS Foundation, over 10,000 people are expected at this year’s event. That’s impressive for a fundraiser in only its fifth year. In 2009, the inaugural year, 1,712 walkers raised $220,000. This year the goal is $1 million.

I will be part of the Fresh Brothers Pizza team. I met the owner at the press conference and was so impressed by her generosity to kids that I’m now a customer for life. I also met the director of the Friendship Circle of the South Bay, Jason Flentye, and was moved to tears by what they do. Knowing that special needs kids already have lots of institutional support (IEPs, OT, PT – you will know these abbreviations if you hang around with special needs kids – speech therapy, medical, mobility therapy, vision), Friendship Circle focuses on what the kids themselves want – friendships. They match up volunteer typical students with special needs students, with an emphasis on fun. I can say (almost without crying) that my kid lacks friends. He has lots of people who are nice to him, yet no-one who invites him to anything. Not since 5th grade. He’s now in 11th. It’s possible that I care about this more than he does, as he’s quite a happy guy. So, yeah, I REALLY like what Friendship Circle offers.

After the press conference, I walked the Pier to Pier route – literally, it goes from the Manhattan Beach pier to the Hermosa pier- just to get pics to share with you all. And to revisit my childhood town, as I only rarely go there.

Manhattan Pier View from MB Pier to HB Pier Welcome to Hermosa Beach IMG_4677 22nd Street beach in Hermosa Manhattan Beach Pier w/ sun

I hope you’ll be moved by the mission (or the beach pictures) to join me on Sunday the 27th. Some walkers are even coming from as far as New York, so you have no reason not to join in! It’s only $25 ($30 day of) to register. Or you can donate to my team. I want to send my son to one of their camps next summer, and if you donate they might just have enough money to include him.

Charity Miles

Love the Charity Miles logo!

Love the Charity Miles logo!

The other walking-related item I want to mention is the Charity Miles app. I’ve used this app for quite a while and recommend it. Super easy – you download it FOR FREE. When you walk, you designate one of their many charities as the “recipient” of your walk miles FOR FREE. The founders and their sponsors then pay money to the charity you chose, based on the total mileage. Get it? You pay nothing; you walk and get fit; a charity gets money thanks to you. How can you resist? Oh, you can also run or bike, but I think running is evil unless it’s a soccer game, and my bike has cobwebs because we live on a mountain with nowhere safe to ride.

I hope you download and use it.

What are your favorite charitable events?

I was not paid anything to tell you about either of these laudable walking items. SKECHERS gave me a free pair of shoes to thank me for coming to the press conference. I paid to register for the walk with my very own plastic credit card.

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18 Responses to Walking for a Cause

  1. Pamela Hernandez October 17, 2013 at 3:17 am #

    That looks like a beautiful walking path! Have a great time!
    3 causes near and dear to me; Breast Cancer (working hard right now to raise money for Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks), Type 1 Diabetes (because I hate wearing my insulin pump and would prefer they find a cure) and GoRedforWomen (heart disease sucks).
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  2. MIZ October 17, 2013 at 4:01 am #

    moved by the mission Sister.
    moved by the mission.

    ((((SHARING))))
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  3. Jody - Fit at 55 October 17, 2013 at 5:51 am #

    Love this post & sharing it of course on this day – #SpiritDay to stop bullying – anyone different is bullied these days – it is crazy! Thx for sharing! I try to help Sarcoma causes since they don’t get much funding beyond their own fund raisers. Also looking at the App & passing on to the Sarcoma people!
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  4. Aqiyl Aniys October 17, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    Have fun on your walk and raise awareness. I donated to the cause.
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    • AlexandraFunFit October 17, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

      Thank you Aqiyl, that is very generous of you. I truly appreciate it.
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      • Aqiyl Aniys October 17, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

        Peace and Blessings be with you Alexandra. I is my pleasure to support. I used to work in social work and education and I understand the need.

  5. Anne @MidlifeBlvd October 17, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    Best of luck to you!

    I love Charity Miles. I just used it today for Shot@Life, an organization that provided vaccinations to children in third-world countries.

  6. Gracie @ThoseThingsILov October 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    Beautiful images. My favorite organization to support is SeniorServ – dedicated to meeting the needs of older adults in central and north Orange County.
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  7. Alex Sheehan October 18, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    Love the Charity Miles app! Gene Gurkoff, the founder of Charity Miles, is really an inspiring individual. Isn’t it great when you can combine bettering your health AND contributing to a great cause!?
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  8. John Poole October 21, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    Love the beautiful photos! Who wouldn’t enjoy a long walk through such a lovely location, and for a great cause! ~ John
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  9. cherylann August 22, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    Challenged Athlete’s Foundation. Did the Oceanside tri a few years ago. Raised a bunch of $ and got to meet some awesome para-triathletes!

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