Kite boarders raising money for kids in Tanzania

By March 1, 2013

USA (MNN) — A family in the United States is using an extreme sport to help raise funds for orphaned children in Tanzania.

Ron Gunter with Orphan's Heart says they're starting a new work in Arusha, Tanzania. "The project there is to construct an orphanage where we can take children who are orphaned and provide for them a safe environment: a home, medical care, spiritual care, and [help with] all the physical needs that they have."

Orphan's Heart with working through Small Steps of Compassion to raise the money needed to construct this children's home. One family is stepping up to help in a unique way. Mark Russell and his three sons will be kite boarding from Miami, Florida to the Florida Keys: 60+ miles to raise $50,000 to help construct this home.

Russell, who started, says, "This is an opportunity to do something that we love, which is riding from Miami to the Florida Keys, kite boarding. This is one of our passions, and I use what we love to really impact other's lives."

An Orphan's Heart missions trip to Guatemala was a life-changing event for the Russell family. They saw the needs of orphaned children there, and because of that trip, "We formed a company this past year that's 100% about giving to kids. And that's really our passion. We wanted–as a family–to join together with something that we love, and make an impact."

You can help by making an individual or corporate tax deductible donation. Every $15 you donate will build 1 square foot of the 3,300 square foot orphanage which will be a home for 12 children. As you help, you're ensuring that each child hears the life-saving message of the Gospel.

FreeRide 836 will take place this month featuring Russell and his sons: Chase (17), Holt (13), and Trey (11).

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