Why You Should Donate
Racers for Pacers is a non-profit organization with a very specific mission. We compete for funds with many other worthy charitable organizations in the Lowcountry, regionally and nationally – what makes us stand out from others?
You can see your money in action. If you live in the Lowcountry, come out to local 5Ks, 10Ks or even the Kiawah or Charleston Half or Full Marathons: you can watch our runners in running chairs you helped purchase. You can see the joy in the runners’ faces. You can see the tears of the parents who watch their kids cross a finish line they never dreamed they’d cross. Your money is used to purchase chairs and pay for race registration fees, so those with severe disabilities in your community can participate with everyone else. If you donate money but live in another area of the state, region or country, we will send you a personalized thank you video starring a child for whom you provided funds for a running chair.
Your money is used for runners. Racers for Pacers has no overhead costs – we don’t have an office. The Board of Directors meets at a library, a local restaurant, or a bookstore. The Board does not use any funds for any cell-phone related expenses, movies, or entertainment. We are a small organization devoted to our cause.
Your donation, of course, is tax-deductible. Not exactly a reason to donate, but it’s true. We are currently recognized by the State of South Carolina as a non-profit corporation and will be a Federally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization by 2014.
And the real reason to donate? Please read below:
“I posted a note on the Racers for Pacers page on Facebook, but I wanted to follow up with a personal Thank You! Tristan absolutely loves his new “racing wheels”. It arrived one day last week while he was in school. I was able to put it together for him before I caught a flight out that day. His nanny told him there was a surprise waiting on him when he got home and he said “I hope its BLUE”. So, even the color was perfect! We ran together this past weekend for the first time and he is hooked on it. My legs may be sore from him saying “go FASTER” over and over but seeing the smile on his face is worth any amount of pain.
I just wanted to again say thank you for reaching out to our family. Being the parent of a child with disabilities is not easy. Your assistance and compassion for this great cause is very much appreciated! My goal is to get back in great shape and ready to run a race with Tristan soon.” —Jonathan Smith