Here we go…


This past week was crazy busy for our runners but we made it through and despite some late night packing we should be ready to go tomorrow morning.

One of those busy nights was at Breakthrough’s 10th Anniversary Awards Night last Friday, May 20th.  Breakthrough has been around for nearly 20 years but for the last 10 years, the Nettie Bailey Student Achievement Program has been servicing the youth and families of East Garfield Park. This event was celebrating that 10 years and the specific achievements of the youth in our programs from this 2010-2011 school year!

Attached are some pictures from the event where our runners proudly displayed their hard work and goals for the Africa Running Program.  They were even able to get 2 more World Vision Child Sponsors that night!

Anyways, tomorrow morning we leave for South Africa!  Back in January these 6 kids did not necessarily know what they were saying “yes” to but they committed to it none the less.  They have put in many hours in the classroom and many miles on the track, but if you ask them what they are most excited about they will say meeting their sponsored kid!  The program and experience became real to them when they discovered their “kid’s” situations and they became motivated to not only learn about their life but to help in any way they could!  All of a sudden a trip became a journey!

I have attached the general itinerary of our trip and I ask that you pray for us, follow our updates on the blog, and leave the students encouraging notes!

Thursday May 26th —– Depart Chicago for South Africa 7am.

Friday May 27th ——–Arrive in Durban 8pm  (nearly 29 hours of travel 🙂

Saturday May 28th—–Safari game drive to Tala.

Sunday May 29th ——Observe and Support other World Vision runners at the Comrades race.

Monday May 30th——Fly to Area and drive to World Vision Area Development Program

Tuesday May 31st ——Meet and get to know kids in village (race)

Wednesday June 1st —Say good-bye and fly out to Cape Town

Thursday June 2nd —-Tour of Robben Island (Where Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison)

Friday June 3rd ——–Exlpore Cape Town, relax and debrief

Saturday June 4th——Depart Cape Town

Sunday June 5th ——–Arrive at Chicago Ohare (4pm)

Monday June 6th ——-Back to School!!


7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Marcie Curry on May 26, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Thrilled for you guys! Will be praying for you and missing all of you while you are gone…sure gonna be quiet around here for awhile.


  2. Posted by Paula Kramer on May 26, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Blessings to all of you on your journey! Have a wonderful trip!


  3. Posted by Pam Funk on May 26, 2011 at 12:28 am

    So excited for you! Will be praying for all of you. Love you Rusty and Anna, and all the kids!


  4. Posted by Russ Funk on May 26, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Shosholoza (“Go Forward”) BT Runners!


  5. Posted by Robert Hovey on May 26, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Already miss you Melissa! Our family is so proud of evry one of you! Thank you all for taking on this challenge to reach outside of yourselves and using this experience to make a difference in the world. Bon Voyage Breakthough Team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  6. […] The six Breakthrough Runners left Chicago today for their trip to visit the children they sponsor in Africa!  Read all about it here. […]


  7. Posted by Mike Matarazzo on May 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Wow, so inspirational! Karah and I are so proud of all of you!!! God bless.


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