(From Jack Steck Board Treasurer)

On October 9, 2016, having less sense than ever, at the Long Beach Marathon, Shirley and I intend to each walk a half marathon-13.1miles again as we did 3 years ago. Shirley is now 75 and I am 76.  Our bodies are hanging in there and we think we can do it again.

Shirley and I have chosen to do this together, to support Global Partners for Development (GPFD) programs in East Africa. GPFD funds Clean Water wells and delivery systems, Education Construction and Girls Scholarship programs, and other programs related to Health and Medical access. We are passionate about these programs, which are focused on the very poor, most living on only a few dollars a day of income. GPFD has focused on Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania development as these countries have fairly stable governments and development work is very effective there. For this event, we will target most donations for Girls scholarship programs.

We are part of a small fundraising “team” with a $50K goal in this Long Beach marathon, and for our part, have committed to raise $10,000 or more for GPFD. We’d love for you to consider sponsoring us at any level that works for you. If you can do this, please send a check made to GPFD to 1215 Curtiss Ave San Jose, CA 95125. If you’d like to use a credit card instead, visit our Marathon team page at :

https://www.crowdrise.com/GlobalPartnersforDevelopment/fundraiser/shirleysteck
or https://www.crowdrise.com/GlobalPartnersforDevelopment/fundraiser/jacksteck

For more info about GPFD, visit www.gpfd.org
For more marathon info, visit www.runlongbeach.com.

We have decided that we will personally match all donations that you make. So your contributions will be doubled.
Thanks so much for your consideration and support. We’ll followup later with pictures and the results of our efforts. Meanwhile, please send money soon 🙂

Jack and Shirley

p.s. If you would like to join us at this event, we would love that! Give it some thought 🙂