Ailis, my sister, traveled to the country of Lesotho in the summer of 2005. After her interactions with the children in the Touching Tiny Lives Foundation’s safe home, she vividly described the stories she discovered during her time. These children are either orphaned because their parents passed away from AIDS or are stricken with the disease itself. My brother and I decided it was time to act and we could not and would not remain silent. We then contacted some members on the Touching Tiny Lives Foundation board and decided to run this relay.
My identical twin brother and I organized a 1,000 Mile Relay. Each participant in the Relay gathers donations from friends, relatives, and the community in order to raise money for Touching Tiny Lives Foundation. One day in the spring everyone gets together and we symbolically walk or run our way to a 1,000 miles in memory of those suffering across the ocean. My brother and I gave presentations at over eight schools and spoke to people one and one in order to raise this awareness. Also, we solicited money from companies and made t-shirts to hand out to participants.
Berkshire County learned more about AIDS in Africa and also about AIDS within its own community. The participants understanding of their role in the global community helps to spread the children's story. Over 11,000$ in the first year and over 21,000$ in the second year the children were provided food, water, and basic medications. Also the money is helping to build infrastructure, such as purchasing vehicles-to reach the suffering in the remote mountains - and even help to purchase another safe-home to expand the program. It reinforced our bond as a community while helped to improve the lives of the impoverished.