TRI FOR THE KIDS
To those in the triathlon world, it's referred to simply as "Ironman": a 2.4 mile swim, followed immediately by a 112 mile bicycle ride and concluding with a 26.2 mile Marathon run - all completed within the same day. If the idea of attempting such an endeavor provides a picture in your mind of a funny white jacket that ties in the back, then it's probably not for you. But at least one of your Masonic brothers has been training hard for the past four years to complete this 140.6 mile Odyssey. My name is Cameron Smith and I'm a 52-year-old Past Master of Fritz Lodge in Conshohocken. It is my intention to complete my first ultra-distance triathlon in Cleveland, Ohio in September and while doing so, to raise funds for the Masonic Children's Home in Elizabethtown. To learn more about the Home, check out http://www.masonicvillages.org/elizabethtown/mch/
Knowing how many hours I’ve spent preparing for this bucket-list event – countless laps in the pool, thousands of miles on the bike, and hundreds more running – don’t begin to compare to the past difficulties experienced by the youngsters at the Masonic Children’s Home. If I can elevate my efforts to mean more than just the completion of another race, I will feel truly satisfied that it was all worthwhile.
So even if a 12-hour workout is not your cup of tea, feel free to sit back in your easy chair, knowing I’m swimming, biking and running for ALL the brethren and that you’ve provided your tax-deductible contribution to this wonderful Masonic charity without having to awaken at 4 a.m. with me.
There are three ways to make your tax-deductible donation:
ONLINE – Click the “Donate” link at the top of www.MasonicCharitiesPA.org , then on the “Donate Now” link at the bottom of the next page. Complete the requested information and on the next page, choose “Cameron Smith – Triathlon to Benefit the Masonic Children’s Home”. You’ll also be prompted to designate your donation by selecting “Masonic Children’s Home” before moving on. Click “No Honoree or Memorial Information” and then you’ll be redirected to PayPal to complete the secure, online donation. Don’t worry if you don’t have a PayPal account, as you will still have an opportunity to pay by credit card if you prefer.
MAIL - Make your check payable to “Masonic Children’s Home” and send it to:
Office of Gift Planning
One Masonic Drive
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Please remember to write “Cameron Smith – Triathlon” in the memo section of the check. It will ensure the donation is credited to my efforts and that I have a way to follow up with a thank-you note!
IN PERSON – You can always hand me your check or cash and I’ll make sure it gets to the Children’s Home, with the added benefit of receiving a smile, a personal handshake/pat on the back and a heartfelt “Thank you” from yours truly.
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