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NolaIndian32
02-11-2008, 08:35 PM
Are there any runners, joggers, walkers out there? Has anyone heard of running teams like Team Leukemia, Team AIDS, Race for the Cure - Team Susan G Komen??

Well, I would like to propose a Team IV. There would be a nominal fee, say $50 or $75, to join the walking/running club and you would get one running T shirt (with IV logo) to wear at local runs/walks. This way we get our name out in the community. And just like Team Leukemia, each Team IV member will conduct 1 fundraising event per quarter or per 6 months. At the end of the fundraising year, we should donate a portion of our collections to a local or national charity. The donation will come from Immigration Voice. This way, Immigration Voice members have another reason to be proud of what we bring to the plate as employment based legal immigrants.

If there is such a running/walking team out there, please let me know as I would love to join and support the cause. If there is interest to establish such a Team, please let me know.

santb1975
02-11-2008, 08:53 PM
it is a great idea. It takes a lot of work to organize an event like this. We will get a lot of publicity and it will be a good fund raising event as well. Would you be willing to take a lead on organizing an event for us?

I wore a IV T-Shirt and a cap when I participated in the Long Beach Half Marathon in October. A few of us in So.Cal chapter thought we will participate in a turkey Trot run with IV T shirts and caps last thanksgiving but that did not happen. I am going to register for Long Beach Half marathon this year as well and I plan on using my IV T-shirt

NolaIndian32
02-11-2008, 09:03 PM
I would love to take the lead with this project. I have done a fund raising initiative for Arthritis Foundation of America when I ran the Mardi Gras Marathon in honor of my mom. I raised $1,100 in a 6 month period for the AFA. The idea I have is that Team IV members will participate at their local events and we should pick 3 national events such as the Chicago Marathon/Half Marathon, the Breakers 10K (is that San Diego?) and even the Crescent City Classic 10K right here in my hometown. Team IV should be well represented at these 3 national events.

Team IV members can set up an e-mail support group when training for any events. There are numerous on-line training guides which we can use. And I can also look into the idea of an on-line training coach.

I already have the committment from 4 friends, all of whom are US Citizens, to join this Team because they support our cause.

H4_losing_hope
02-11-2008, 10:30 PM
I would love to take the lead with this project. I have done a fund raising initiative for Arthritis Foundation of America when I ran the Mardi Gras Marathon in honor of my mom. I raised $1,100 in a 6 month period for the AFA. The idea I have is that Team IV members will participate at their local events and we should pick 3 national events such as the Chicago Marathon/Half Marathon, the Breakers 10K (is that San Diego?) and even the Crescent City Classic 10K right here in my hometown. Team IV should be well represented at these 3 national events.

Team IV members can set up an e-mail support group when training for any events. There are numerous on-line training guides which we can use. And I can also look into the idea of an on-line training coach.

I already have the committment from 4 friends, all of whom are US Citizens, to join this Team because they support our cause.

This is great NolanIndian and I wish you guys all the best!!! Unfortunately I am going to have to watch from the sidelines so to speak as I have ongoing bursitus from marathon antics in 2006--Go IV and watch out for those joints and tendons ;)

gsc999
02-11-2008, 10:34 PM
This is a great idea!

I am sure there are some hikers, walkers, joggers and runners amongst the IV membership or people you might know otherwise. This would be a great opportunity to take brand IV in a new direction.

I will sign-up too, need to loose some weight :o

chanduv23
02-12-2008, 12:02 AM
While I do not want to sound discouraging or pessimistic, this is a very good idea and we must do things like this.

Now, it is just not enough if we make this suggestion and discuss it - we must walk the talk. Will we?

To start with, we can do a lot of stuff, get our co workers, families, friends etc.. involved, print flyers, send emails, post blogs, make videos and post them on youtube, hold local community events and increase awareness.

Our own community is still very ignorant and is indirectly working against us, lok at this post on immigration portal

http://boards.immigration.com/showpost.php?p=1859694&postcount=18

just go through the entire thread
http://boards.immigration.com/showthread.php?t=273615

you will understand why things are so difficult for our community.

Our first step will be to concentrate on community building. This is very important. We need to reqruit more volunteers, and they in turn reqruit more volunteers. We must first build a strong community and have a strong foundation.

The reason I am posting this message is to say that whatever novel ideas like the above that have come up in the past have not gone towards getting implemented they just were discusssed and got buried into old threads.

So my question is "can we walk the talk?"

santb1975
02-12-2008, 12:13 AM
I do not know of the SanDiego breakers 10k. I will look it up in runners world. 10K's should be lot of fun. I will support you if you take the lead with this. I can get my workout buddies and my family to participate in these events with me. I was thinking of signing up for the SanDiego rock and roll half marathon in summer but it would be brutal to run 13.1 miles in SanDiego in May. I am going to be signing up for the Nike Women Half Marathon in SanFrancisco this year as well. Count me in to support with this event, getting people to participate, fundraising etc. Some of my friends are certified fitness trainers and they teach in fitness clubs around OC. We could use their help for sure.

santb1975
02-12-2008, 12:15 AM
Am I not reading his post right??

While I do not want to sound discouraging or pessimistic, this is a very good idea and we must do things like this.

Now, it is just not enough if we make this suggestion and discuss it - we must walk the talk. Will we?

To start with, we can do a lot of stuff, get our co workers, families, friends etc.. involved, print flyers, send emails, post blogs, make videos and post them on youtube, hold local community events and increase awareness.

Our own community is still very ignorant and is indirectly working against us, lok at this post on immigration portal

http://boards.immigration.com/showpost.php?p=1859694&postcount=18

just go through the entire thread
http://boards.immigration.com/showthread.php?t=273615

you will understand why things are so difficult for our community.

Our first step will be to concentrate on community building. This is very important. We need to reqruit more volunteers, and they in turn reqruit more volunteers. We must first build a strong community and have a strong foundation.

The reason I am posting this message is to say that whatever novel ideas like the above that have come up in the past have not gone towards getting implemented they just were discusssed and got buried into old threads.

So my question is "can we walk the talk?"

chanduv23
02-12-2008, 12:22 AM
Am I not reading his post right??

Sure - great - lets get this to work :)

santb1975
02-12-2008, 12:37 AM
One in the East Coast, One in the west coast and one in between.

For the West coast I would pick the SanFrancisco Marathon (Just to be sure that gsc999 participates :p) on August 03'rd. The participants of this event can choose either a 5k, half marathon or a full marathon. This event should be fun to be part of. We have lot of committed members in our No.Cal chapter.


I would love to take the lead with this project. I have done a fund raising initiative for Arthritis Foundation of America when I ran the Mardi Gras Marathon in honor of my mom. I raised $1,100 in a 6 month period for the AFA. The idea I have is that Team IV members will participate at their local events and we should pick 3 national events such as the Chicago Marathon/Half Marathon, the Breakers 10K (is that San Diego?) and even the Crescent City Classic 10K right here in my hometown. Team IV should be well represented at these 3 national events.

Team IV members can set up an e-mail support group when training for any events. There are numerous on-line training guides which we can use. And I can also look into the idea of an on-line training coach.

I already have the committment from 4 friends, all of whom are US Citizens, to join this Team because they support our cause.

santb1975
02-12-2008, 12:39 AM
While NolaIndian plays the PM. This could be "The IV Fundraising Event" of 2008. It should be lot of fun

Sure - great - lets get this to work :)

english_august
02-12-2008, 09:34 AM
Yes - this is a great idea. We will raise some funds and have a lot of fun doing it. Everyone, please chime in with your suggestions on how we can implement this.

NolaIndian32
02-12-2008, 11:14 AM
Thanks to all for your support. :)The first step I would like to propose is that we need to establish a group called Team IV Coordinators. Those who are interested in being part of this group, please send me a private message with your e-mail address so that I can set up a group e-mail to present and discuss the ideas to get us started. The Coordinator Group should be Team IV members whether you run/walk or not. I will take the lead but of course, I would love to have a core group to bounce ideas off of and to have as a resource pool.

I agree with picking 3 national events as previously suggested, one on east coast, one west coast and one centrally located.

Please send me Private Messages with your e-mail or contact info so that we can get the Coordinator Group up and running to set out the parameters of Team IV.

Thanks!! :)

NolaIndian32
02-12-2008, 02:09 PM
I would like to request that at least 1 or 2 Senior Members be part of the Coorinator Group so that I can run ideas by you to get this started. Any takers?

I am running the Mardi Gras Half Marathon in 2 weeks time, and will be wearing my IV T Shirt (Legal Immigrants Rock). I would love to hear from everyone who supports this initiative.

santb1975
02-12-2008, 02:19 PM
This would be a great activity to focus on after the Letter Campaign. We can ask some senior members for Ideas/ help as well

grupak
02-12-2008, 02:21 PM
Any runners in NC?

gsc999
02-12-2008, 02:29 PM
Sure, I am up for it.

PS: Just the 5 or 1 mile run for now ;) baby steps

One in the East Coast, One in the west coast and one in between.

For the West coast I would pick the SanFrancisco Marathon (Just to be sure that gsc999 participates :p) on August 03'rd. The participants of this event can choose either a 5k, half marathon or a full marathon. This event should be fun to be part of. We have lot of committed members in our No.Cal chapter.


Nola: you already have my e-mail so please add me to your list. Meanwhile, I will post your message in our Nor. Cal. yahoo group.

Thanks to all for your support. :)The first step I would like to propose is that we need to establish a group called Team IV Coordinators. Those who are interested in being part of this group, please send me a private message with your e-mail address so that I can set up a group e-mail to present and discuss the ideas to get us started. The Coordinator Group should be Team IV members whether you run/walk or not. I will take the lead but of course, I would love to have a core group to bounce ideas off of and to have as a resource pool.

I agree with picking 3 national events as previously suggested, one on east coast, one west coast and one centrally located.

Please send me Private Messages with your e-mail or contact info so that we can get the Coordinator Group up and running to set out the parameters of Team IV.

Thanks!! :)

People in San Diego please let me know if you want to meet me this Saturday afternoon, it would be great if we can start a local IV chapter in San Diego.
We can discuss this new initiative proposed by Nola. I can also share our strategy and update you personally on our progress on the Admin fix campaign.

Cheers!

walking_dude
02-12-2008, 02:30 PM
We have to wait till April to walk or run in Michigan. Right now, the Artic wave is brutal with subzero temperatures.

I support this initiative. IV members need to volunteer for social service and other community events. That's our way of contributing back to communities we live in and also good press for IV.

pragir
02-12-2008, 02:46 PM
I had contact with pappu on how to best channel the funds from my contributors to IV. The way I finally did it was to have them contribute to IV directly. However, some of the contributors were hesitant to chip in $100 minimum. So, I collected money from them through paypal, check and then did a personal contribution to IV.

I wish IV could set up a Paypal etc. account for my event where folks could directly contribute.

prinive
02-12-2008, 02:48 PM
I am in for running/jogging/hiking in NY area. Planning to go hikig this week end.... Any body in? ....

chanduv23
02-12-2008, 02:52 PM
I am in for running/jogging/hiking in NY area. Planning to go hikig this week end.... Any body in? ....

U Sure, with the kind of weather? Currently it is pounding snow at my workplace in New Jersey - unless you want to do a "threadmill" marathon :)

prinive
02-12-2008, 02:59 PM
Hiking yes this saturday. Unless it is snowing heavily.. Went on hiking on LMK day. It was bit cold but as soon as we started, it was very nice....


U Sure, with the kind of weather? Currently it is pounding snow at my workplace in New Jersey - unless you want to do a "threadmill" marathon :)

santb1975
02-12-2008, 03:06 PM
It is not compulsory to run at these events. All of these events have lot of walkers so we can walk/ run in groups as well.

NolaIndian32
02-12-2008, 03:13 PM
Wow, I am really excited about all the support!

I know that with the weather up north (yep, I am in the deep south) it may seem impossible to train/run/walk now, but you can run indoors on a treadmill, cross train on the elliptical machine and even use indoor running tracks. At my gym, I manage to do 8 mile training runs on the indoor track, guys that is 81 laps around this itty bitty track! :) Nutty? yes; but when you are motivated, you can find a way.

The three national events we pick can be for later in the year, but each Team IV member can run local events (weather permitting) accross the country. The fundraising can be 3 events per Team IV member per year. That would be in keeping with the 3 national events we pick.

My idea is for Team IV members to host a targetted fund raising campaign - which is divided into 3 events over the span of 1 year. I have a host of ideas to present on activities you can do and you only have to choose 3 of them for the year. We can get into these details after I run my ideas by the Coordinator Group.

I am going to set up the Group this week, so those who have responded to me, look out for my e-mail from my yahoo account.

Let me just say this much for now. I have run several long distance races over the past 10 years in the US and each and everytime that I have run for a cause, I found myself more motivated to train and I had more fun throughout the process.

Another point I should have made earlier. America today is concerned about obesity and "which is the fatest or more obese state in the nation". We are constantly seeing news articles and polls about these topics. Let it be know that the legal immigrant community of IV promotes a healthy lifestyle by its Team IV campaign. Another positive spin-off for our community and IV.

Thanks everyone for your support and ideas, I am going to start working with the Senior Members this week.

md_alien
04-19-2008, 11:34 AM
^^Bump^^

santb1975
04-19-2008, 04:25 PM
nice find..Thanks for bumping..Can you bump "Announcing launch of Team IV" too please