Mochatern Monday : Welcome Maddie + Ellie’s Run 2015!

Well, my first week at Mocha Club is officially over and it has been awesome so far! I jumped on board at an excellent time: the week before the 11th annual Ellie’s Run. From my first day in the office last week, I got to help out preparing things for the run, from filling race packets, to organizing the volunteer and runner shirts, to preparing signs to hang around the race site. The work that has gone into this one event is incredible and everybody on the team is so invested in making it the best it can possibly be and I’m so glad I got to be a tiny part of it.

For those of you who don’t know, Ellie’s Run started back in 2004 when Ellie Ambrose of Nashville, Tennessee wanted to help children in Africa upon seeing photos of their living conditions. She was immediately moved and wanted to do something. Enter Ellie’s Run for Africa. An event that has raised over $500,000 for Mocha Club’s educational partner, New Dawn in Nairobi, Kenya and has provided the opportunity for thousands of children attend school.

Race day came and went and it was a huge success! Even though it rained for almost the entirety of the event, everyone looked to be having an absolute blast, kids and adults alike. There was a kids’ zone with inflatables and face painting, tents supporting Mocha Club, ThriftSmart, and fashionABLE, the Well Coffeehouse was providing coffee, and there was even a popsicle stand. A group of yogis led the runners in a short yoga exercise before they ran some African music and dancing- courtesy of Sankofa African Drum & Dance- to close the race. Despite the rain, there were some very impressive race times.

Congratulations once again to our overall winners: Joseph Elsakr and Jennifer Huang. And a big thank you to every single person who came out in support of Ellie’s Run, and thank you for helping Mocha Club raise $25,000 for New Dawn in Nairobi. Mocha Club couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you.

Since Ellie’s Run has ended, the office will probably quiet down a bit, and continue to buzz with excitement about how well the race went. I’m sure that the rest of the summer will be just as exciting as this first week has been- full of life, love, and positivity.

At this point, I figure you would probably like to know a little about one of the voices you’ll be hearing from through the summer, so, without further ado:

Name: Maddie Murphy
Department: Marketing
Hometown: Columbus, Georgia
University / Year / Major: Belmont University / Junior / Marketing
Favorite place? Definitely the beach.
Walk up song? Keep Your Eyes Open by needtobreathe
Nashville bucket list? I’d love to randomly run into Taylor Swift or Hunter Hayes around town. And take a picture with the “I Believe In Nashville” sign.
How do you take your mocha [coffee]? I like Mocha Frappuccino’s from Starbucks… (I’m actually not much of a coffee person… Maybe that will change!)
Guilty pleasure? Watching cat videos on YouTube, with my cat.
Why are you excited about interning with Mocha Club? I am excited to work for an organization that I have been passionate about and following for about five years now and be involved in a more hands-on way. I am also excited about the opportunity to leave my mark on Mocha Club by assisting in Marketing projects, as well as the intern project. Being able to work for an organization that inspires me each and every day is something I am looking forward to.

As you can see, I’ve already checked one thing off on my Nashville bucket list- to take a picture with the “I Believe In Nashville” sign!

You can keep up with me (and the other mochatern once she joins me next week!) over on Twitter @mochatern for a more daily update of all things Mocha Club and intern life.

Have a great week and I will see you next time for another #mochaternmonday!

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