I’ve been spending some time linking to articles by Train for Humanity and sending information about their endeavors through Twitter. There has been two reasons for this:
- -Mark Hayward is one of the nicest people I’ve met online.
- -Train for Humanity is using physical fitness and social media to bring raise money for Darfur Peace and Development
At first I didn’t know what to write about for Blog Action Day and then it hit me – duh! I said to myself, “Kim, you’ve been linking to Train for Humanity and sending tweets about them so why not take the time to write an entire post.”
Train for Humanity says what they are doing so well that I will use their words.
“Train for Humanity uses the web, social media, and blogging in tandem with everyday athletes in training to support organizations that help prevent suffering and alleviate the pain of children, orphans, and refugees who have been displaced due to genocide or internal strife and war within their country.”
Pretty awesome, huh? Mark Hayward, Leo Babauta, and Dan Clements and using their bodies to get in shape and participate in athletic events in order to raise money to donate to Darfur Peace and Development. They are using social media and blogging to bring awareness to their endeavors. You might know Mark Hayward from My Tropical Escape, Leo Babauta from Zen Habits (yes, that Zen Habits) and Dan Clements from Escape 101.
And Darfur needs our help! It isn’t a hot topic in mainstream media but it doesn’t mean the dire situation has lessened. To bring this point home, please read the article about the school that was bombed. It’s heartbreaking – young children died. This is just one instance of the horrifying things that are occuring in Darfur – things that are too uncomfortable to read about.
So how can you help? Well, Train for Humanity has a page listing what you can do. Here are some ideas.
- Donate if you can
- Write a blog post
- Stumble, bookmark and tweet their articles
- Put a badge on your site like the one in my sidebar
- Sponsor one of them
So, what have you written about for Blog Action Day – 08? Feel free to leave your links in the comments.
photo credit: SeniorArt