Karina Jeronimo Martinez
Karina took part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival in loving memory of her grandad. She raised money to support dementia research - a condition her grandad lived with.
|Name||Karina Jeronimo Martinez|
|Cause fundraised for||
Centre for Dementia Prevention
|Method of fundraising||
Edinburgh Half Marathon
Why did you decide to fundraise for your chosen cause?
I’m a post graduate student at the School of Engineering. A colleague asked our School to take part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival (EMF) and raise money for a cause close to our hearts. I decided to support two different causes - the Centre for Dementia Prevention in memory of my beloved grandad who died of this disease and Chamos that helps Venezuelan children.
By taking part in this fundraising challenge, I am hoping to contribute for a better world without dementia and to help the Children of Venezuela to be fed
and able to go to school, sadly not an option for all children in my home country, due to the current poor conditions.
How did you raise money?
Receiving the email from the person promoting the idea of running as a school team, prompted me to find out more about the University’s Fundraise Your Way programme. I then met Kerry Mackay and, having chatted through my options, decided to contribute to the Centre for Dementia Prevention.
I set up a JustGiving page, writing a little story explaining why I want to support the dementia research and Chamos, and sent a link to my sponsorship page to my colleagues.
I was delighted to achieve my fundraising target! Realising people are willing to give and help - when you tell them what you desire to change – is a wonderful feeling.
I will encourage anyone who’s been wondering about fundraising to definitely do it. The satisfaction you feel afterwards is priceless, not only because you achieved a personal goal (half-marathon in my case) but also you helped towards a cause.