The September Project is Cause An Effect’s official, annual fundraiser and awareness event. It takes the form of a long distance relay run, usually 30k and a 2k wrap-up walk around the Queens Park Savannah, in the month of September.
The word run applies to humans in many different contexts. We run away from worries in our lives, run to new possibilities, run to compete, run to attack, run from bad dogs, run to get well and maintain a healthy lifestyle and if we exist on the other side of the law we run from the Police when necessary.
For Cause An Effect, the word run is a metaphor for movement and transformation. To break free of the shackles of ignorance and shine in an enlightened state, to move from self-indulgence and apathy to a more sensitized, considerate and empathetic society. It is also symbolic of the on-going conversation that’s necessary to create awareness about the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities. The passing of the baton every 5k represents the bridges we must build to strengthen our communities and create the transformation we want to see in our society.
We believe that change is possible and that we are capable of great transformation in our lives – that we can grow into something entirely different from our present state, if we let go of the ego and preconceptions, uproot apathy and ignorance and in its place plant seeds of empathy and understanding. Humans need to have repetition for transformation to take place. Neurons have to connect in the brain to create new pathways for understanding.
“Campaigning is a conversation with society, persuading people to take an unusual interest in supporting a move that would not normally happen. It is the science and art of changing what is possible. It means setting up and sustaining processes that are not normal or ‘business as usual’.” (Rose C. 2010 – What Makes People Tick: The Three Hidden Worlds of Settlers, Prospectors and Pioneers)
As we set up processes that are not “business as usual”, we say thank you. Thank you to the persons who pledge, donate time, skill, energy and sweat, to help us achieve our goal. Thank you Poison Ivy. We are in awe of your selflessness, dedication, professionalism and ability to eat asphalt. Thank you Special Olympics Trinidad and Tobago for letting us into your space.