Ela Bajus runs for peace, justice and kindness.
As the #LITbabe list expands, our inspiration does too. Ela Bajus, 29, will be fearlessly running the Boston marathon for the first time! Ela will be preparing for the big day with a good night’s sleep and ending it at the closest burger shop with her family & friends. Ela runs to promote the value of peace and kindness. Values that she believes in and shares with her supporting cause, the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation Inc. This foundation works to encourage an inclusive community that comes together to engage in services and activities that reflect values of peace, justice and kindness.
The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation is a charitable foundation formed by the parents of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the bombing at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. In the days after his death, a photo of Martin holding a handmade poster that read “No more hurting people. Peace” was shared over the Internet. Martin’s view of peace went well beyond simply wanting to prevent violence. To Martin, peace meant togetherness, teamwork, fairness, sportsmanship, inclusion, and kindness.
At what moment did you know you wanted to support this cause? Where were you, what were you thinking, how did you feel?
- I learned of the Martin Richard Foundation through friends and through the news, but I was particularly moved by their meaningful cause while volunteering at a peace walk a few years ago. I met a member of the Martin Richard Foundation and I truly felt their commitment to rebuilding our Boston community. I think we all felt scared and lost after the bombings at the Boston Marathon in 2013, but here was a family who promoted love and kindness in spite of loss. I’ll never forget that interaction and it often reminds me that we all have a role in building a united community.
What do you wish to gain from this experience?
- I hope to gain a deeper understanding of supporting others. Yes, the marathon is an exciting physical feat for me, but it’s also a commitment larger than myself. I have the privilege of promoting the Martin Richard Foundation and don’t take this ambassador role lightly! I hope to feel even more united with my Boston community and align myself with the values of the foundation to continue promoting peace and kindness.