Thursday, February 7, 2013

JANJI:Cool Name, Cool Company, Cool Giveaway

RUNNING...
Mike & Dave of Janji
Hundreds of thousands of people run races of various sorts to raise money and awareness for a specific cause.  It is truly a great thing that people like to give their time and/or money to something they believe in, particularly if they work it through a channel that they already do and love.  Personally, I have raced and even coached for a number of different charities.  Every time I decide to run for a cause I feel REALLY good about it, both throughout the training as well as during the race itself all the way through the finish line regardless of my overall performance.  But, once the race is over, the time I dedicate to my cause, well, it tends to dwindle down to very little.  Understandable, but not ideal for the charity.  I recently discovered Janji, a company that designs and sells high-performance running clothes for a cause....several causes actually...with the goal being to create a community of runners dedicated to run for another.  And, in this case, there is no race required.  Mike Burnstein and Dave Spandorfor, the founders of Janji noticed that while people do tend to give through running, the giving tends to end on race day.  Both competitive runners, through their sport they saw an opportunity to keep it going.
Classic Haiti T-shirt
Janji, which means 'promise' in the language of Malay, was created specifically to address the global food and water crisis in countries around the world such as Kenya and Haiti, in a way that is both meaningful and, more importantly, that will last.  Each piece they make is designed with the needs of a specific country in mind.   The organizations that they partner with within these countries are carefully chosen through a long list of criteria.  It's an incredibly thorough process that, they believe, ends with the perfect fit - no pun intended.  About 25% (it varies slightly by country) of each purchase goes toward the designated organization that Janji has partnered with for that specific country.  So, now, when I am wearing my Haiti tech t-shirt, I am not just running for myself, but for 'another', simply by wearing a shirt.  I have to wear a shirt, so I might as well make it count.  It's a perfect formula that addresses some major issues with an incredibly simple and cool solution.  I highly encourage you to go check them out, pick your favorite piece and then go run for another.  

ENTER THE JANJI GIVEAWAY
Mike & Dave have generously offered up this sweet Janji water bottle and the Classic Haiti T-Shirt (men's or women's) to one lucky RWM reader.  Here's all you need to do:
Talk about it, share it, tweet about it, basically do whatever you can do to spread the word about Janji.**
1. Comment below. Why do you think Janji is so cool?  Who else might you want to give to?  How else do you give through your sport?  What item of clothing should Janji create next? Tell us something.
2. 'Like' Janji on Facebook - tell me that you did.
3. 'Follow' Janji on Twitter - tell me that you did.
Bonus Entries
1. 'Like' RWM on Facebook - tell me that you did.
2. 'Follow' RWM on Twitter - tell me that you did.
3. 'Join' RWM through Google friend connect - tell me that you did.
* If you already do any of the above, just tell me which ones.  Please be specific so I can count each for an entry.

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**Please note: This contest will run through Friday, February 25th.  The winner will be chosen through random.org.  It is available to US & Canada residents only.  Good luck!

23 comments:

  1. I follow Janji on twitter @anneunpaused.

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  2. I think a racerback tank would be great :) Such a cool organization and a great way to raise awareness and start people thinking about helping others!

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  3. I already follow you on facebook.

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  4. I follow you on twitter @anneunpaused.

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  5. I follow you on GFC (Anne Watson).

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  6. Super cool - liked them on their site. I'm ordering my Haiti shirt since as you point out - if you are wearing a shirt, might as well benefit someone else as well!

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  7. Supercool idea! I wish all businesses would be as compassionate. I'd love to see them include Somalia and the countries in the Sahel region (Mauritania, Mali, Algeria, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Sudan, Eritrea) where there is dire need, especially for the children.
    Striped tights would be awesome!

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  8. Gabrielle (mareavivama)February 9, 2013 at 5:47 AM

    I like them on Facebook!

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  9. Gabrielle (mareavivama)February 9, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    I follow them on Twitter!

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  10. Gabrielle (mareavivama)February 9, 2013 at 5:50 AM

    I already like you on Facebook!

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  11. Gabrielle (mareavivama)February 9, 2013 at 5:51 AM

    I follow you on Twitter!

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  12. Gabrielle (mareavivama)February 9, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    In just my initial reading, their company seems to be pursuing truly inspiring and life-giving purpose. I admire what they are doing and will definitely look into them more. I really like that these items are good conversation starters...and ones that aren't restricted to a single day but that can be worn and promoted and talked about every day.

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  14. I like the Rowanda shirt and shorts - so cute! Some cool compression socks would be wonderful,

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