Solana Raises $26,180 for Refugees in NYC Marathon Fundraiser


Dear Solana Tribe,

Last Sunday, November 3rd 2019, the 49th New York City Marathon took place under blue skies and perfect running conditions. I ran as a member of Team Rescue of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and thanks to you, I was able to raise $26,180 for refugees!

The IRC helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and regain control of their future. With the crisis at the US-Mexico border and war-torn Syria, their efforts are ever crucial.

This cause means a great deal to me as I believe that "No one is free until we are all free." It was Martin Luther King Jr. who said this, referring to the divided America of his time. But this quote also applies to today's world, where millions of people are losing their homes and having to flee for their lives. There is no more vulnerable situation than to leave your home for a new, unknown land, one where you are not welcome, and rebuild your life from scratch... if you are lucky.

I was required to raise $3,000 to join Team Rescue and partake in this ambitious event. However, at Solana, we saw an opportunity to make a bigger difference. So we decided to raise the bar, first to $7,000 then $15,000 calling on our friends, families, and our very own Solana community. We are humbled to say that we have reached a staggering amount of $26,180 - a first in the history of IRC marathon runners!

I would like to thank everyone who donated to - or told someone about our fundraiser. We most certainly couldn't have done this without you, and we are proud to continue our efforts to support the IRC in the future. Stay tuned for an exciting project currently in the works!


With Peace,

Yasmine Idriss - Solana Founder


Some highlights from the race (top to bottom): Geoffrey Kamworor winning his second Men's title; excitement at the start line; entertainment along the way; right before the brutal Queensboro bridge; the medal.

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