For the staff of the charity event The Kalamazoo Mud Run, its always an inspiring treat to see first and foremost the local impact that such an event has on our community.
As a largely volunteer-led event, many of the staff and volunteers of the Kalamazoo Mud Run are not at all "new" to the idea of giving more than is asked for. Countless days and hours go into planning an event that boasts at least 1000 attendees annually since 2012. Yet it is still amazing how an event that was developed for a single purpose- to raise money for clean water across the world in Uganda, still has the capability of touching the local community so significantly.
Near the end of event-day on Saturday, June 10th, a young girl approached the registration tent with a mostly blank envelope. The only words on the envelope read "Mud Run $". The excited Kendall Dennis graciously handed to a volunteer an envelope that may have represented one of the biggest sacrifices of any young child her age- the donation of her most recent birthday.
When asked on a later date to comment on
"We have talked about the importance of this particular race to our kids and how the proceeds will change lives. It has become an event dear to our hearts,"
Melissa says commenting on the charities that the Kalamazoo Mud Run supports- providing clean water to thousands of people in Uganda since 2012. Melissa goes on:
"Kendall has watched her brothers each year and decided she was ready to join them for 2017. As her birthday approached, we asked if she would like to receive gifts or have her friends donate to help those less fortunate. She chose the latter and with giving options of charities, the mud run was picked."
Kendall Dennis (pictured below) represented, possibly more eloquently than any staff-member or volunteer, the importance of volunteering and generosity.
Per Kendall's gracious request, the money from her generous donation will be contributed directly into the donation to Lifewater International for 2017. All proceeds donated by the KMR to Lifewater will contribute to the implementation of clean-water initiatives, serving upwards of a few hundred people with clean water for a lifetime.
From the bottom of our hearts, Kendall, thank you for your gift!