Cole and Will Lalonde are 7th and 6th graders, respectively, who love to run and are part of the cross country team of Minnetonka Middle School East. Cole was in the 6th grade last year and participated in the Haiti Walk for Water in May (see other story about their great event). He raised around $100 just himself as his parents agreed to pay him $2 for every mile he ran. He also got pledges from other people, and his father works for Microsoft which matched 25% of the funds he raised that day.
This fall, their parents decided to encourage them to run more by agreeing to pay $1 to each boy for every mile they ran while participating on their team. The boys said they wanted to donate the money to Haiti Outreach for more wells. So recently, the Lalonde family presented us with a check for $250 for clean water wells in Haiti, because Cole and Will ran over 200 miles this fall!
Why would they do this? Cole said “The Haiti Water Walk in May was really fun.
We are fortunate to have food and clean water in abundance here, but the people in Haiti do not, so we wanted to help.” We are so grateful to the Lalondes, not only for the donation that they gave, but to see how Cole and Will and other students at MME learned how difficult life can be in Haiti, took it to heart, and wanted to help and make a difference. And they really did! Thank you so very much. We are very proud of you!