Given that Today is International Women’s Day it only seems fitting that your Good News Story of the Day centers around a remarkable woman who accomplished something phenomenal, with a little help from a global community, her name is Mina Guli and she started the 100 Marathons in 100 Days challenge to help promote her charity Thirst – a non-profit created to help battle water scarcity around the world.
By the year 2050, the United Nations says as many as 5.7 billion people could be living in areas without easy access to one of life’s most essential resources. “Most people have no idea. So I wanted to run because I wanted to make saving water famous,” Guli said. Her journey began at the New York City Marathon this past November where she first competed. In the days that followed she continued to log her miles in some of the most iconic and remote locations on earth; including Paris, Jordan, Australia and India. Guli’s ambition for this project has taken her to the far reaches of the planet, but after 62 days in, her body hit the brakes. At the end of a race she was so sore she couldn’t walk and her team took her to a hospital where she was diagnosed with a fractured femur.
It seemed like it was over, and then she turned on her social media, and the messages came flooding in. People from all seven continents, including Antarctica, offering to run for her cause. Whether they were literally helping push Guli toward her goal or running on their own, strangers from around the world collectively completed nearly 20,000 miles in only 38 days. After the campaign wrapped it it was found that in all, strangers from around the world ran 748 marathons in Guli’s name, far surpassing the remaining 38 she needed to complete her goal.
“The support… has inspired me to keep going even when I thought all was lost. It’s inspired me to be a better person, to stand up, and to be prepared to make a difference. And more importantly, it’s shown me that even though each one of us is an individual, together we can make a huge change,” Guli said.
Amen to that.
Find out more about Mina Guli and her 100 marathons in 100 days campaign in your Good News Story of the Day here.
Story and Image from CBS News.