October 28, 2013
It is with great pleasure that I announce to you my completion of the Twin Cities Marathon from Minneapolis to St. Paul on October 6, 2013. As I said in my earlier release, I participated in this marathon to honor the life and commemorate the tragic death of my daughter Fregenet, who passed in Minneapolis in July 2003.
The event was a wonderful experience. Early in the morning, though the weather was gloomy and hazy and featured intermittent rain, the conditions proved to be perfect for runners like myself and my cousin Abebaw Yilma, who joined me on this occasion. In addition to the memories of a wonderful experience, we also received the official marathon t-shirt and medal of completion, both featuring the Maple tree logo of the event. Congratulations to Abebaw for improving his personal time by over 20 minutes!
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to those who sent checks to sponsor me for this event. Your encouragement helped keep me going during the toughest times of the race, and your sponsorship donations will help support our students at the Fregenet School in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.
For those of you who are still interested in sending donations to the Fregenet Foundation, please know it is never to late to sponsor my run.
Here again are the addresses to send out your contributions:
The Fregenet Foundation
901 South Flower Street, Unit 411
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Fregenet Kidan Lehitsanat School
Account number 2770115115
Routing or Swift Code DASHETAA
Dashen Bank, Kera Branch
Addis Abeba, Ethiopia.
You may also contribute via PayPal at our website:
Time flies fast and it has already been 10 years since we lost our beloved daughter Fregenet. However, her dream of providing free education to underprivileged children continues through the foundation named after her. I would like to take this opportunity to announce that we have already started brainstorming how to celebrate the 10-year journey of our foundation since we first opened our school to the initial class of 31 kindergarten students in the fall of 2004.
In a couple of months we will announce the official launch of the 10-year anniversary preparation committee, and there will be a variety of exciting ways to get involved. Be sure to stay tuned!
Thank you very much,