Charity Miles

“Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’. The answer is usually: ‘Yes’.”

-Paul Tergat, Kenyan professional marathoner

I ran across something better today. Actually, I walked across it.

An article on good.is led me to an application for my Android phone called Charity Miles. It promised to donate 25 cents for every mile I ran or walked, and 10 cents for every mile I biked.

Intrigued, I loaded up the app then looked at my shoes. Crocs. Not exactly running shoes. Certainly not the kind of shoes I’d want to walk in either. I didn’t have my running gear either as I had put in 17 miles at the beach over the past few days and needed some rest. Nonetheless, I thought I would try it out on my lunch hour.

With Crocs on, I set out. I was first instructed to select a charity from the seven available. I chose the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research for reasons I’ll explain someday. Then, I had the complicated task of pressing the Start button., which I successfully did. Finally, I walked.

A simple timer kept track of my time, an odometer kept track of my distance down to the hundredth of a mile. There was a third button which said Impact. I chose not to press this button just yet. Instead, I just walked and enjoyed the sun.

Ultimately, I had walked three miles at about a four mph clip. Not bad in Crocs and not bad considering that I didn’t even plan to exercise today.

When I got done, I accepted the sponsorship by posting to Facebook. Then I pressed Impact. I had funded about seven minutes of Parkinson’s research. Not much, but not bad for a free donation to a worthy cause. And if I use it everyday, and if all my friends try it, and their friends, and their friends … Well, you know. It adds up to a lot.

Like they wrote on greatist.com,

“… CharityMiles is also approaching philanthropy from a grassroots angle. Rather than seek out lump sum donations, CharityMiles believes that lots of little donations (a quarter here, a dime there) can make a huge difference…”

Charity Miles. Another simple way to give back and get some exercise too.

Even in Crocs.

Today’s gift of time … Walked three miles for people who can’t walk anymore.

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About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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