We hit our InterVol fundraising goal of $26,200
Our goal was ambitious. We set out to raise $26,200, which means $1,000 for every mile of the marathon. We not only accomplished this goal, we met it long before the October 22 race.
From everyone who donated, the outpouring of generosity and selflessness has been nothing short of inspiring. For my entire UC Funds team that has helped raise funds and will be running the race alongside me, I’m forever grateful. And now, The Palmier Foundation will be matching that donation, which means we’ll be giving InterVol a total of $52,400.
To be able to donate to this kind of philanthropic organization is truly a blessing. My good friend, Dr. Ralph Pennino, founded InterVol in the late ’80s. Based in Rochester, New York, the not-for-profit recovers viable, unused medical supplies from hospitals and clinics and distributes them to people in need. To date, InterVol has shipped supplies to 73 countries around the world. And every year, InterVol supports multiple medical mission trips to countries in dire need of healthcare.
We’re not the only ones who are excited about it. Nicole Jones, Director of InterVol, said of the donation, “When Dan set out to raise this amount, we were floored by it, and thrilled. What he and The Palmier Foundation have done for InterVol over the last few years has been tremendous, and we’re extremely thankful to have a supporter like him who’s so committed to our efforts.”
I can’t tell you how elated I am to hear this, and I hope our work can help spread the message about the organization. While our donation will go a long way to help, they always need more resources.
At InterVol, funding will go to three programs: Volunteer Medical Professionals (VMPs), the Recycling of Unused Medical Supplies (RUMS), and Friends Across Borders (FAB). Each aspect of these programs can be very costly. Take shipping for example. It can cost thousands to ship cargo containers of supplies where they’re needed. In fact, InterVol spent $24,000 just shipping supplies to communities in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
InterVol’s reach goes beyond aid in the wake of natural disasters. Another current humanitarian effort is their establishment of a school in Léogâne, Haiti. For months, volunteers have been on site, building desks and chairs, installing chalkboards, and acquiring uniforms, all to give less fortunate students a chance to learn.
I know our donation to Intervol will do a lot of good for a lot of people, and I’m grateful we can help them achieve their mission. They’re offering us the opportunity to give to those in need.
And we still get to run the race! For me, October 22 has been a long time coming. The Marine Corps Marathon will be my seventh marathon, and it’s one I’ve always wanted to run. The UC Funds staff and I will tough it out together, running the 26.2 miles through Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C. As “The People’s Marathon,” the race doesn’t hand out prizes for placement. For us, to be part of a generous act, something bigger than ourselves, is the real reward.