Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cross-Country Charity Marathon Hits Boise Tomorrow

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Next stop, Boise. Winding down what he calls his "50Give" tour, Keith Donohue is expected in Idaho tomorrow, making Idaho his 47th state in a marathon of charity. Donohue's journey actually began in Mexico in January, before he began his cross-country tour. After Idaho, Donohue will visit Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

“My family thought I was crazy for doing it,” Donohue said.

Speaking to Citydesk from Sheridan, Wyo., Donohue sounded tired, but said he’s looking forward to one of the longer hauls today, driving from Wyoming to Boise in a straight shot (“Pedal to the metal,” said Donohue).

Keith Donohue
  • Keith Donohue

By this time tomorrow, he’ll be working with The Arc, Boise’s charity that offers services to help those with intellectual and developmental disabilities lead independent lives. Donohue said he looked for engaging charities that will interest his Facebook "followers," a group that has grown significantly over the past few months.

“I was in a Starbucks writing the blog for 50Give, and over my shoulder, this guy saw me working on the website,” Donohue said. “[He] throws down $40 on the table, and tells me to keep up the good work. I get inspired daily by the generosity of the people on tour.”

After six months of giving and traveling, Keith says that 50Give has, at the end of the day, given him something as well.

“You find out what’s important, and it’s always the simple things," said Donohue. "Everyone’s trying to do a thousand things at once. Your loved ones are the most important part of your life.”

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