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Running For Literacy
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For the 10th year I am participating in the Vanuatu Relay to help raise funds for Jump Start Foundation's Girls Equity and Literacy projects.

This is to let you know that in July this year I am participating in a very exciting team event - the Vanuatu Island Relay. Needless to say, I am very excited, if a little nervous, about this event as I am one part of a 10-person team, and we are going to run, trot and walk one section each, of the 150Km RELAY AROUND THE ISLAND!  That’s 15 kilometres for me alone! YIKES!


I am doing this to help raise funds for Jump Start Foundation (JSF), which has been raising money since 2001 for its Literacy & Girls Equity projects. They believe, as I do, that every child deserves to be educated and given an equal chance to a bright future. Vanuatu has some of the lowest literacy levels in the whole of the Pacific, and the women and girls often lose out on educational opportunities to the men in the family. Jump Start Foundation have raised tens of thousands of dollars over the years and made a huge difference to hundreds of childrens’ lives.


By participating this year I hope to help JSF make a direct difference to improving the education levels of children at 2 remote schools, which have so little! The funds we raise will provide teaching resources for the staff, reading books for the library, sporting, empowerment & travel sponsorships for teenage girls, and educational resources such as pens, exercise books, rulers, erasers etc!


I understand you have probably given away lots of dollars already this year to different charities but if you could spare just $25 it will make such a difference, as JSF passes 100% of your donation to the children.

Thank you so much for your generosity and I look forward to sharing my Vanuatu experiences with you soon!


Warmest Regards,

Heidi Dening :)

P.S. Jump Start Foundation is a small not-for-profit organisation based in Cammeray, Sydney, which aims to provide life-changing opportunities through education to communities in the Asia Pacific region. They are passionate about getting results and supporting local community projects that larger organisations often overlook. They believe, as I do, that everyone deserves to be educated and treated equally. Hence my letter to you! You can find out more at: and


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