Welcome to Week 34 of The 52 Week Love Project – Acts of Kindness. The project designed to recognize 52 inspiring humans who are giving back to our community – whether in a small way or by creating a movement for change and inspiration.
The project showcase’s LOVE at it’s finest, share their stories – what they do and why they do it! It’s an opportunity for us to find out what inspires them and what keeps them going when challenges or self-doubt assail them.
Introducing Marguerita Cheng, A charity runner for ‘Girls On The Run’ that is Inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Girl on the run’s goal: ‘ We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.’
WHERE DID IT ALL BEGIN?
I never thought I could run because I developed asthma as a result of complications from childhood pneumonia. I want every girl to have the opportunity to participate in the SoleMate program, which encourages people like me to train for athletic events while raising money for Girls on the Run.
For the last few years, my daughter’s school(s) have/has participated in the Girls on the Run program which meets a couple of times a week after school to learn about wellness and then run approximately 1 to 3 miles in the neighbourhood of the school.
I have been so impressed with Girls on the Run’s messages of female empowerment and the energy you can draw from your friends and peers as you each push yourself to do your personal best.
I started coaching Girls On The Run when my daughter was in the 4th grade. I coached Girls On The Run for 5 seasons. I started running to accompany my daughter and keep the girls safe.
When I pick my daughter up from her run, I am so proud of her and all of the girls. The effort she makes at each session really reminds me of how I personally struggle to push past excuses and achieve my own running milestones.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I’m a SoleMate or Charity runner for Girls on the Run D.C. I raise money to empower girls through running. I raised enough funds for 12 girls. Crossing the finish line never felt so good because I know I’m making a difference in their lives.
Specifically, while D.C. is an international centre of power and influence, it also has areas of distress. D.C.’s childhood obesity rate is 33.8% and children are living in poverty. D.C. girls from low-income neighbourhoods have few options for programs focused on either fitness/healthy living or mentor-based character education programs. Girls on the Run serves both of these needs in one program.
As I trained for the Marine Corps Marathon, I would think of my daughters as I run. I also think about the girls who benefit from the funds my friends and family are contributing. Many participants’ fees are subsidized by philanthropy: some girls are not able to pay, but the money we are raising is helping them participate in this amazing program.
Hopefully, one of the girls who participate in Girls on the Run this year can run a race someday and draw inspiration from the next generation of girls learning to run, learning to persevere, learning to push past excuses, and achieve heights that once seemed so distant.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU?
My inspiration to do this comes from my youngest daughter and a running program in which she participates, Girls on the Run. The message resonates with me because we help girls increase self-confidence, develop healthy relationships, and feel good about themselves, inside and out.
What is one inspiring thing you’d want a potential GOTR coach to know.
You may not realize the positive impact you have on these girls’ lives. It’s truly inspiring to know that you can contribute to the personal development of a girl during a very crucial time in their life.
How Do You Get Past Self Doubt?
Wow, I learn as much from coaching the girls as they are learning from me. I have become fearless in the face of adversity. I realize that sometimes the most challenging and intimidating experiences are the most transformational.
When I doubt myself, I reflect on different experiences – I then feel more confident and empowered.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHERS WHO WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE/CHANGE IN THE WORLD?
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
We all have time, treasure and talents to positively impact the lives of others.
DO YOU HAVE A QUOTE OR EXPRESSION THAT YOU LIVE BY?
I have two:
So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.
If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
I’m a Certified Financial Planner® professional. I help my clients gain clarity and confidence to plan for their life financial goals. In my free time, I provide pro bono financial counselling for underserved and underrepresented communities. I also help women rebuild their lives after devastating life-changing events, such as illness, divorce or loss of a loved one.
I have also launched 261 Fearless Club DC Metro, a new non-profit running club for women in the DC Metro area. This Club uses running to empower women with a unique non-competitive and social training technique which helps them to find the joy in running. Co-Founder and Co-Director Rosy Spraker are passionate about creating an inclusive positive environment to support women.
HOW CAN OTHERS HELP/GET INVOLVED?
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