I'm participating in a Full IRONMAN in Madison on September 8, 2019 with Team World Vision to help provide clean water to communities in Africa! The needs are real, and there is something we can do!
I am Michael Brouillard- I am not a robot, and this is my web page, and the reason I am dedicated to do these races:
Currently, nearly 1,000 children under age 5 die every day from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene.
The global water and sanitation crisis can (will) be solved within our lifetimes.
Training is not getting any easier. I feel the strain on my body, and the time away from my family. This doesn't even compare to what these families are going through.
I have an ambitious goal to keep racing until I have raised enough money to save 2,000 people, and I will keep going until we meet that goal, even if it takes me 20 years!
I am on year four, and together we have saved 200 lives, so I really need your help!
Can you please help me save 1, 2, 3 or more lives today? $50 saves one person for life!
Or, sponsor a child for $39 a month. Connect with this little girl or little boy, and watch the difference you make in their lives!
Please consider tax deductible a gift of life by donation or word of mouth.
#1 GIFT OF THE SEASON!
"A little story about me, though this fundraising is not about me.
After finding out about the hardship and loss of life for so many children in Africa, i decided to take on this challenge. December 2015 I made a New Year's resolution to make a difference.
I would cross that finish line and save 100 people's lives.
The year 2016 started my challenge. Turning 50 years old and learning how to ride a tri-bike gave me and my Dad a good laugh. It was about 45 years ago, at the age of 5 that I learned how to ride a regular bike at his house, but hitting the road with this crazy tri-bike was so different.
If that wasn't enough a challenge, I had to learn how to swim freestyle. I wasn't too excited to have to sink my face under water to swim. I was use to the doggie paddle, side stroke, or just floating on my back.
Last year I pictured myself in the headlines of a major newspaper - Man drowns in a lake of water while racing to raise funds for water. I chuckle a little when I think of it.
On July 31, 2016, I broke my foot during training. Though this was a minor set back for year one, we did meet my fund raising goal of $5,000 for that year.
In year two; 2017, I did cross that finish line, but fell short of my $5,000 goal!
While learning how to do these new things, I had to put myself out there to ask my friends and family for donations for this cause. I am not good at asking for anything, but when I think about how fortunate I am, how lucky I am, how much I love my children, family and friends, I find the strength.
So far my foot is holding up, but I have another problem. I have not saved enough people's lives. Year three; 2018, I fell short of my fund raising goal.
I pray that 2019 will be the best year yet! I am trying to raise $10,000 this year.
Can you help me save one person today, or more? They have no future without water.
Thank you so much and God Bless You!"
Just remember, "it's not our abilities that show what we truly are. It's our choices."
Remember: Keep faith and trust in God and let go. Though you may feel you are in the valley of darkness, you will climb once again and often!
A lot of my discoveries about myself happened during the valleys of my life. There, I am at the mercy of God, and God is always listening and is there with you.
At the 9/11/2016 Madison Ironman, I could not make it up this big hill on my bike. The clock was ticking away, and I got disqualified for not completing the first of two loops in time. A entire year of sacrifice, hard work and tears were what I felt like - wasted.
Little did I see God's plan, I returned to the hill in 2017 and not only climbed that hill twice, but finished the race!
My prize was the 49 more lives saved by my donors.
If I never failed the first year, I don't know if I would ever have that drive to keep on going to do more.
After the race last year I said no more. Hours of agony after the race, feeling like throwing up and pain! Oh, and yes, I threw up this year (2018).
But to tell you the truth, I will do that over and over again as long as I can, because those moments pass and the good ones come, like a gift of life for someone. Even though that someone is somebody I will never meet!
Please share this fund raising page with all your friends and family.
Have a Blessed and life giving 2019!
World Vision works with communities in desperate need to help provide things like clean water, nutritious food, education, medical care, and economic opportunity.