Individuals who make a difference: RunforCongo

I came across a fellow blogger named Chris, who utilizes his talents to run marathons,  to help raise awareness about the Congo conflict. 

Chris’ blog is worth checking out because he has set a personal challenge just for himself, yet has received many followers and publicity because of it. His goal was to run 12 marathons in 12 months and it is exciting to see if he will succeed.

This is giving me ideas about doing something like this in New York, as a fellow runner myself, I can definately use this as inspiration to make a personal difference.  Upon doing more research, I found many local activities that host marathons of all different levels to in support of the Congolese people, especially for Congolese women.  RunforCongoWomen can help you plan an event in your local town!

Not only is Chris raising awareness but he is raising funds too, See below to help raise $$$:

This whole project is about raising awareness of the conflict in the Congo. But if you feel moved by what you’ve read, heard or seen about the conflict and you want to support a charity working in the DRC then please go to http://www.justgiving.com/runforcongo

All donations raised from his page will go directly to women and children in the Congo, not a penny wasted on admin in the UK.

Follow him now!

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About Samapti Rahman

For more than a century, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DROC) has been plagued by regional conflict and a deadly scramble for its vast natural resources. More recently, the global demand for cell phones and computer chips is helping fuel a bloody civil war, resembling the conflicts that developed over blood diamonds in the 1990s. Armed groups earn hundreds of millions of dollars per year by trading four main minerals such as the ores that produce tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold. This money enables the militias to purchase large numbers of weapons and continue their campaign of brutal violence against civilians, with some of the worst abuses occurring in mining areas. The majority of these minerals eventually wind up in electronic devices such as cell phones, and computers. Major American and International companies continue to trade for these high demand minerals, leaving consumers no way to ensure that their purchases are not financing armed groups that regularly commit atrocities, including mass rape. Let's clean up the Congo and take a stance against trade practices that promote violence!
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