David, an experienced runner who loves ultra-marathons, will be running for REACH over the next five months. He will be running 12 kms a day, a total of 1791 kilometers! This is the distance between his house in Monterrey to our office in San Cristobal de las Casas. You can follow his Generosity campaign here.
“My name is David Barajas, I’m from Tampico, Tamaulipas. I am 33 years old. I am married to Mary Carmen Vinas, who is from Tantoyuca, Veracruz. We have a daughter (Ana Sofia), whom we call Pia. She is ninth months and was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. My wife and I love sports, specifically marathons and ultra-marathons and we want our daughter to love them as well.
After having competed with my wife, we spoke about our next challenge and had the idea of “virtually” running from one place to another; combining two things we love: a social cause and a passion to run.
Likewise to other challenges, we hope it has a positive impact and motivates people to participate in sports, because as we know, Mexico has high child and adult obesity rates. 1 out of every 3 teenagers are obese. This represents more than 4.1 young Mexico (according to UNICEF data). On the other hand, education is an important topics for the development of any family, community and country. According to UNICEF, around 3.1 million Mexicans between the ages of 5 and 17 do not go to school. These are people who will not have the same employment or development opportunities that many of us have.
Now, if we look closer at the data, 2% of children between 6 and 11 cannot attend school because they work in the field to help their family or their parents do not have the money to pay for school. Can you imagine this? How many of us had to worry about bringing money home when we were that age? However, there are many kids whose childhood has a different focus.
I consider that education is a tool that can help us break any physical, or other, wall. Unfortunately not everyone has access to it and by contributing to Escalera I hope that we can change the path of students in Chiapas, as they, as well as any other Mexican student, are the future of our country.
Running these kilometers from my house to Escalera (virtually) helps to have us realize that distance is something that does not have to limit our actions and we are closer than we think; so close that someone can make it running. That is why I would like you to join me in supporting Escalera Foundation so that they reach more children and assure their high school education. Let’s give these children the opportunity to grow with an education that will allow them to change their lives, that of their families and communities.”
We’re excited to have David run 1791 kilometers over the next couple months and hope you join him by running 12 kms (7.45 miles) one of these days! If you can’t run, feel free to join David by donating to his campaign.