Tuesday, December 4, 2012

ZOOMA and Every Mother Counts

During each of my pregnancies, I would daydream about the list of firsts that were going to follow...
the first kiss
the first time I would see their face
the first time I would hold them
the first time they would squeeze my finger
the first time I would hear them cry
the first time I would feed them
the first time our eyes would lock

I treasure my daughters and can't imagine my life without them...nor their lives without me in them.  However, not all mothers are guaranteed the blessings of these firsts or being part of their children's lives.  Every two minutes, a woman around the world dies from complications from pregnancy or childbirth....every two minutes!  A fact that I was so ignorant to until I learned about the advocacy and mobilization campaign founded by Christy Turlington Burns called Every Mother Counts.  The staggering stat from all of this is that 90% of these deaths can be prevented....with our help.

Every Mother Counts strives to increase education and support for maternal mortality reduction worldwide.  There are many easy ways you can help to spread this support to women all over the world!
Charity Miles
Download the Charity Miles app on your iPhone or Android device. (You have to sign in with your Facebook login.) Every mile you walk or run earns 25¢ for Every Mother Counts from corporate sponsors.  Easy peasy!  You can help out by doing something you already do!!
Run ZOOMA and Fundraise for EMC
Sign up as a fundraiser when you register online for any 2013 ZOOMA race. (If you're already registered, click here for info on how to join the EMC team.)  Double blessing...you get to run an awesome race for women and help raise funds to save women's lives!
ZOOMA Florida (The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island) - January 19
ZOOMA Texas (Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa) - March 23
ZOOMA Annapolis (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium) - June 1
ZOOMA Cape Cod (Sea Crest Beach Hotel, Falmouth) - September 28
ZOOMA Great Lakes (date + location to be announced soon)
After you register, you'll receive information in your confirmation email about how to create your own fundraising page. With your fundraising page, you can begin notifying family and friends that you're running on behalf of women and mothers everywhere.
Sign up as a Fundraiser --> Get a VIP invitation to EMC's screening of "No Woman, No Cry" on the Friday night before your race at the host resort
Fundraise $100 --> Get a limited edition EMC-ZOOMA charity runner shirt from EMC
Fundraise $500 --> Get a running hoodie from EMC's official apparel collection by Oiselle (retail value $78)
100% of the funds you raise will go directly towards programs that help mothers around the world, such as funding vouchers that transport pregnant Ugandan women to the nearest health care clinic, or funding midwife training in Haiti. 

Join in today and help make this moment possible for another mother...
 Want to know more?  Head over to everymothercounts.org and follow EMC on Facebook and Twitter