Since it's Christmas, today's blog will not be about my running. On Christmas, a special feeling of wanting to do something for others fills the air. Now running the Marathon is mostly pursued for personal reasons, which differ according to the individual. But running it for a charitable cause spices up your motivation to see it through. The feeling of doing it for others, rather than only for yourself, makes it much more beautiful.
This year's official charity is the Maltese NGO Inspire. Quoting directly from their website:
"Inspire helps over 1,000 children and adults with learning and physical disabilities across five centres in Malta and Gozo. Its clients are treated with the utmost care and professionalism through speech therapy, therapeutic horseback riding, occupational therapy and sports therapy, to name very few. There is even a support system for parents. Inspire relies heavily on people's donations to be able to offer its services for free for those who cannot afford such treatment."
A recent article by its President, Lino Spiteri, in the Times of Malta, was a genuine appeal to the Maltese authorities to take note of the financial difficulties this NGO has to face in order to provide for a better quality of life and inclusion of children with disabilities. But let's not just wait for the authorities to help - let's do our part! Grab your mobile phone now, and pledge your donation: help a genuine cause and boost an athlete's moral :)
I'm sure you'll be sending countless SMS this Christmas and New Year, an extra €2 (or more if you can afford) wouldn't make such a big difference to your bank account, but it can make a big difference in these people's lives, and also make my Marathon experience more worth it ;) And after you're done, please, email or share this with your family and friends, and keep the donations pouring in! Every cent goes for Inspire and for the therapy these children and adults need.
"È Natale e a Natale si può fare di più...per noi" - You can do something...for them.
To make a donation, send an SMS to one of the below numbers, with the text "Mark Sammut, Malta Marathon"
50617359 - €2.33
50618080 - €4.66
50618926 - €6.99
50619215 - €11.65
Send them by bank transfer by going through this link. You will receive a notification by email, which I kindly ask you to forward to firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can trace the amount donated through me :)
Merry Christmas to all of you and your loved ones!