Thursday, August 5, 2010

From Jon Camp

Friends,

I just wanted to send you my most sincere and hearty thanks for your support of Team Takoma Park this year!  Team Vegan was a smashing success.  After reaching the $75,000 matching donation, separate donors stepped up to add an additional $21,500 to the mix -- making it $96,500 available to be matched.  Thanks to your support, we reached this, meaning that just shy of $200k was raised.  We're looking forward to an incredibly prolific year of college outreach coming up and this will now be possible due to your generosity.

Again, thank you so much!  Your support of this life-saving work on behalf of animals means the world to us.  

Sincerely,
Jon

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Bolder Boulder

Keep sending in those reports!

Mark Grover:

I ran Bolder Boulder 2010 on Memorial day this year. It's an annual 10 kilometer road race held in Boulder, CO and the largest race in the U.S. in which all participants are timed. It was my first time participating in any race and it didn't matter how much I clocked, it was going to be my personal record! 

It was beautiful day although it was a bit cold to start with. This year, around 54,000 people registered in the race. There were many live music bands playing all along the route. Two of my favorites were a singer impersonating Elvis (I hear, he is there every year) and a band dressed in an enlarged version of baby jumpsuits. I couldn't stop laughing when I saw them, perhaps that's the reason why I didn't feel the pain in my legs during the race.  Overall, it was a blast.

I will definitely do it again next year and try to get another personal record.  Go Team Vegan!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

You Rock!

Just sent to all the members of Team Vegan.

  Yeeee-haw! 

Anyone who has checked the Team Vegan site lately will have noticed that you have done it!!

Team Vegan rose to the challenge, and will be able to put all matching money to work for the animals! 

Dozens of you have stepped up in the past week, doubling their money's impact for the animals. $99,468.50 to create real, lasting change in our society! 

As though to emphasize this, we just got a phone call here from someone in Portland who said, "I got your booklet, and you've made me a vegetarian. Thanks so much for the information. Thank you."  

Let me repeat: You Totally Rock! 

Group barbaric yalp!

-Matt

Friday, July 30, 2010

Last Hours for Matching Challenge!


Team Tacoma Park's Jon Camp met Tae and Jeff (left) and Judy (right) at this year's TAFA -- just a few of the countless folks who stopped eating animals after receiving a Vegan Outreach booklet, and then went on to get active for the animals!

Want to learn more about this work? Check out this week's Friday video!

If you believe in this work, please help us meet Team Vegan's matching goal. The opportunity to double your donation ends tomorrow, so please head over to the Team Vegan page, make a donation to Jon's page, or another member, or the general fund.

As Erik Marcus says here, "I doubt there’s another animal protection group that compares to Vegan Outreach in terms of doing massive outreach where it’s needed most."

You can expand this work with your support!

Thanks so much!!

-Matt

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Jim in San Fran!




Jim Hillman broke 3:30 at the San Francisco Marathon!

If you'd like to congratulate him, you can help him reach his fundraising goal -- thanks!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Todd Shatters PR!

Ultra-Coach Dan K writes:

One of my Team Vegan runners, Todd Lee, got his PR.  His previous best marathon time was 4h26m.  Now is PR is 3h48m!

Note -- this is nearly a minute and a half faster per mile!

If you'd like to congratulate Todd, please visit his page. Thanks!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

One Week, and Noora

One week left to put the matching money to work for the animals. Please help however you can!

Noora Kaunisto writes:

My slice of Vegan team training is relaxed and fun, but also enthusiastic, activity. Training has been a big part of my life as long as I can remember, and now it includes weight training 3-4 times a week and different kinds of aerobic training in between. This summer the aerobic part has been running (which I love the most), walking, cycling and kayaking. I emphasize the good old squats, pull-ups, deadlifts etc done with bars, barbells and dumbbells. One of the many good things about summer is the quite obvious and well justified need to have a big tofu ice cream as the immediate recovery of hard training :) 
Team Vegan is a great way to make training even more useful, fun and inspiring. I promised in my profile to train hard enough to be able to make 10 pull-ups, if the donations through my Team Vegan page reached 200 dollars. Well, that happened and, I'm excited and proud to say, the pull-ups happened, too! My next challenge is to attend some cross-country running competition as I promised, when the donations got even higher :) 
I haven't been competing since childhood, so it's going to be adventurous...
Training is fun and gives a nice feeling of strength, health and self-esteem. But still, I feel the biggest inspiration for my activities is to "show everyone" (haha, now that sounds pretty corny) that vegans aren't pale, tired crickets, shivering in the funnily bohemian pubs. I've been a vegan now for three years, after being a vegetarian for about ten years. Training has never felt this good before :)

Can you please help Noora help meet her fundraising goal?