Wednesday, April 21, 2010

From Paige Noelle


This is an appeal. I hope you'll help me. In case you have only been reading since the earthquake, I will tell you about myself. I am 15, the second oldest in my family, and lived in Haiti for four years until the earthquake caused me to have to go to Texas. I think being in Texas has been good and bad and easy and hard. I am excited for my family to get back home. Some days I really miss Haiti.

I've decided to run a half marathon. It is a way I can do something for Haiti from here. I'll be running it with my mom & my aunt Tina. This will be my first one, I'm very excited but also a little nervous. Like my mom did when she ran two marathons last year, I want to raise money for people in Haiti.

My goal is to get $500 per-mile.. so $6,500 is what I hope to raise. I want the money that I raise to go towards building houses, and getting a family or two back on their feet. I hope to be able to show you a rebuilt house and I will be making sure your donations go through a 501c3 so that you can have a tax-receipt too.

**Edit - The goal was smashed so quickly! I hope that you will still think and pray about getting involved - who knows how many houses we could buy!? ALSO - Maxima S.A. has offered to GIVE me one house free for every house I buy from them. They are making pre-fab homes and giving people jobs doing that in Haiti and want to help! They are giving me a house for house grant.


I love Haiti. I am looking forward to the day we get to go home. Haiti is my home, and I miss my home. I miss working in the Women's Program and I miss speaking Kreyol. I miss my friends.

I've never really been a runner before, I've run only a few times with my mom. It won't be easy for me, I have a lot of training and hard work to do. Now that I'm signed up for the half-marathon, I am excited to do this and be able to raise funds for people I love while doing it. My Mom is helping me train so I will be ready to race on June 6, 2010.

If you will sponsor me, there is a "Chip-In" meter to pledge any amount per mile that you wish. That money you give will go directly to Heartline Ministries and will be added to a major project they have going to raise funds for housing. With your help we can buy houses and Maxima will match what we buy and MANY families will be helped.

To sponsor me at:
$1 per mile please donate $13
$3 per mile please donate 39
$5 per mile please donate $65
$10 per mile please donate $130
OR more! Any amount is appreciated and will help my Haitian friends re-build.

Please sponsor me !
Love,
Paige

18 comments:

Stefan said...

Paige:
I am so proud of you!!
MAXIMA S.A. wants to sponsor you:

For every house you raise money for, they will give you a house for FREE.

Go Girl !!

Love,
Stefan & Els
MAXIMA S.A.

T & T Livesay said...

Stefan and Els -


WE LOVE THIS!!!

Lena Wright said...

time to revise the goal....God has bigger plans!! wahooo

Kristen {RAGE against the MINIVAN} said...

This is awesome, Paige!!

Mama D.'s Dozen said...

Looks like you set your sights a little low. :)

Praising Jesus for your heart ... knowing that He will help you to raise more than you can even imagine.

Keep running for Jesus, and He will take you far.

God has great plans for you, Paige, and I am excited to see all that He will do in you and through you over the years.

Blessings,

Laurel :)


PS: Just heard tonight that a friend of my daughters' is in Haiti ... working with Heartline. Crazy! Her name is Danelle Roosendal (completely misspelled ... sorry) How cool!!!

Alyssa said...

Wow! Time to raise the goal! How exciting to see houses rebuilt and families touched!

johninara said...

Maxima's doing a BOGO?! AWESOME!! I don't remember, what's their price for one home (anchored in concrete)? GO Paige!! :o)

Megan said...

Looks like you've smashed your goal in just one day! What an inspiration you are to all of us. We'll be with you every step of your 13.1 miles.

Amy said...

God has so many plans for you, young lady! I am honored to watch you follow His lead! (You also put this chubby 38 year old to shame ~ and that's a good thing! LOL!)

~Amy in WI

Nate and Brenda said...

So proud of you and happy to sponsor you with what I can! Love you Paige!

Beverly said...

Paige - this is SO great. Your family cracks me up with the initial goals - I think you forgot a "0" or two on the end of your target number :)

Brit said...

So proud of you Paige! You are an inspiration and an encouragement to all of us, whether we're here in Haiti or in the states. You and you're family are so very missed down here. Cant wait until your return home :)
You're gonna do awesome in your half-mile. You are such a rockstar, Paige!
Lots of Love

Jenny said...

Paige:

I've been following your family since the earthquake, but I've spent many quiet moments at work "catching up" on the past posts. I feel like I know your family already, even though I don't really. ;) It blows me away that at your age you have such a mature, amazing outlook on things. I am so excited for the things I know God is going to do through you. Look how you've already obliterated your goal...in ONE NIGHT!!! Man, God is good. You're a rockstar girlie. Keep up the amazing work!

<3,

Jenny

Katie said...

How cool is this?! Congrats!

Lisa said...

Paige....all I can say is....YOU GO GIRL!!!

Llama Momma said...

I've been following the blog since the earthquake and think it's awesome what you're doing, Nicole! I can't imagine how difficult all of this has been for you.

I am humbled by your efforts and thrilled to see everyone "chipping in!"

--Robyn

michelle said...

I am enormously impressed by this young lady. And the entire family

Karen Osler said...

Well done! Did I mention I have 16 year old twin boys? Who want to go to Haiti with me? Have a blast running! I think this is great, and if you ever want to race in Cincinnati, I know 2 boys who'll make sure you stay well hydrated!