2012 IRONMAN US Championship NY/NJ - August, 2012

   Triathlete Matthew Oppenheim:        

         My  fundraising  goal: $4,000
         Amount raised so far: $4,535

I have been fortunate to have spent two summers in Peru working with various schools in both the cities of Cusco and Huaraz. After coming across the Children of Peru Foundation, I felt a strong connection to their mission and wanted to become involved. This organizationís Ironman team seemed like the perfect way for me to raise money for a great cause and challenge myself. I am passionate about physical fitness and after competing in the Baltimore Marathon, I would welcome the chance to train and compete in an Ironman.

The Children of Peru Foundation aims to provide better healthcare and education for underprivileged children. Several of the projects Children of Peru sponsors are in Cusco, an area I have spent significant time in while experiencing the kindness of its people.

Two summers ago, my brother along with a friend established the Prescriptions for Peace Organization in Cusco http://www.prescriptionsforpeace.org/ (no relations with the Children of Peru Foundation) with the mission of providing low cost healthcare for the local population.

When I received a call from the director of the Children for Peru Foundation saying there was an extra spot on the team, I was ecstatic. Committing myself to this event made sense at this point in my life. Although I had not fully thought through the barriers I would encounter while fundraising and training, I felt strongly about the cause and knew I would not regret competing in the Ironman.

Without hesitation, I committed to raising $4000 and finishing my first Ironman.

I know we are all flooded with donation requests from many worthy causes. No donation is too small and all donations will be in the back of my mind August 11th when I am asking myself why I did this.

Here are some ways to support my run and a great cause:

1 Click the link below to make a donation online through PayPal:

You will get an email notification once you submit your donation, however, it will take about 24 hours to view your donation on the site.

2 Send a check (in USD and from a bank in the USA) made payable to Children of Peru Foundation (with Matthew Oppenheim written on the memo line) to:

Children of Peru Foundation
340 East 64th Street, Suite 2G
New York, NY 10065

All donations are 100% tax deductible.

Thanks a lot for your help and support!

Matthew Oppenheim

$   500 Matthew Oppenheim
$   700 Walker & Dunlop
$     50 Mark Oppenheim
$     50 Frank & Margaret Bia
$     50 McKenzie Healy
$   100 Bradley Cullumber
$     25 William Fox
$   250 Alan Oppenheim
$   100 Donna Healy
$     50 Schuyler Haynes
$     50 Taylor Lawch
$   100 Ellen Oppenheim
$   150 Andrew Klingenstein
$     25 Steven Simon
$     25 Alexandra Rogers
$   100 Lisa Schultz
$     20 Caitlin Scholl
$     50 Sam Dingley
$     50 Jack Dudley
$1,000 Paula Oppenheim
$     50 Alexandra Klingenstein
$     25 Emma Riley
$   100 Kevin Bohm
$     50 James Monigan
$     17 Kyle Morris
$     20 Katrin Gilrain
$     20 Tommy Cotter
$     23 Joseph DeGiorgi
$     10 Lindsay Grant
$     25 Tom Haney
$   100 Theodore Flint
$   150 Sharon Flint - We are happy to support Matt! Sharon, Ted & Morgan Flint
$   200 Eric K. Scholl
$   200 Richard Dees & Nora Flint
$     50 Connor Locke
$     50 Morgan Baird


Run for Peru!!