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Since 2001, Marshall has been raising funds for the sisters of the Religious Teachers Filippini. Their mission is, simply, “Go and Teach,” but their work is more than that. They are doing “the real work of peace and justice” by supporting programs that will empower women and children.
You can show your generous and sacrificial spirit and give thousands of women and children a chance in life by making a donation today! Please send a check, made out to the Religious Teachers Filippini Mission Fund, to:
Religious Teachers Filippini Mission Fund
Reference: Marshall Ulrich
455 Western Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
Any donation that you can make will be greatly appreciated!
And is tax-deductible.
Marshall’s efforts for the Sisters builds on his other humanitarian and fundraising work for various organizations that he has been doing for decades. He and his wife, Heather, continue to donate in numerous ways to the Sisters and other organizations both globally and locally.
Aids Orphans Rising
According to the United Nations, in Ethiopia alone 470,000 children are orphaned by AIDS ... every year ... creating Child Headed Households (CHH): families lead by a child under the age of 18. And, many women, or young girls of these CHHs, lack skills to provide for those they must support.
You can help change the world!
One woman, one child, at a time.
With support and love these kids are making a success of their lives, working at their own micro-enterprises and getting an education.
Your donation will benefit projects like building an elementary school, a women’s center, or a hostel for orphans. In
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the young and most neglected children are taken into the Sisters’ hostel, keeping them together as a family. They are given food, clothing, shelter, and schooling. In the morning, all of the children come to school to receive nourishment and an education. When the boys get bigger, they will enter the Christian Brothers school in town. The older girls enter a special program where they learn a skill that allows them to provide for their siblings. Graduates will have the skills to allow them to set up their own restaurants or sewing shops; or to become successful in business and technology, or as teachers and nurses. With your help—and the courage and perseverance of the children—they will have a chance to rise above their terrible situation.
Every penny you donate goes to the mission,
and your gift is tax deductible!
Founded in 1692 by Saint Lucy Filippini, the Sisters have been helping the poorest children and women survive for more than 300 years. In the past their schools and initiatives for orphans and widows were mainly due to the consequences of war. Now the times are changing and they are adapting by providing these same survival and life skills to the Child-Headed Households (CHH). Many of their graduates have gone on to set up their own restaurants or sewing shops and others have gone on to be successful in business and technology, or as teachers and nurses. The Sisters are touched when former graduates return with their families to thank the Sisters for all they have done for them.
We have seen for ourselves the amazing work that the Sisters do here at home and in some of the poorest countries in the world. In 2005 we were honored to visit the mission sites in Eritrea, including schools and women empowerment programs in Asmara and Tukul, and a clinic in Hamelmalo. We have also visited sites here in the States. The amount of positive affect just a few women can have on so many is truly amazing! For more information about the Religious Teachers Filippini’s work in the United States, please visit www.filippiniusa.org.
The Honor of a Lifetime
Much of the over $250,000 Marshall has raised for the Sisters since 2001 was used to build the St. Lucy Filippini Health Center in Hamelmalo, Eritrea.
On January 14, 2006, the Sisters held the inauguration ceremony for the health center. Marshall was overwhelmed when he received the photo (shown below) which reads, in part:
Was Made Possible
Thanks to ... Mr. Marshall Ulrich
Tears flowed from Marshall’s eyes as he looked at the photo in disbelief. He was so shocked and humbled to receive such an honor from the Sisters, and said:
“This is the most significant thing
I have ever done.”
Except for his own children, of course.
But Marshall knows that helping to build the health center is much more significant than summiting Mount Everest, or completing the Seven Summits, or running more than 120 ultras, or competing in 16 expedition-length adventure races. All of those personal accomplishments pale in comparison to assisting with the real work of peace and justice: doing for others, and providing services and opportunities for those who had so little before. Fundraising to provide an education and health care to people half way around the world.
Marshall understands that accomplishing something only for yourself is not necessarily a success. He knows that the only real accomplishments in life are when you step outside of yourself and do for others. As his friend and ultrarunner Brent Weigner says, “The only thing you take with you when you die is what you have given away while you are alive.”
Marshall encourages each person to discover your race, your adventure, your mountain. Always remember that the only limitations are in your mind. Discover what will motivate you. It’s out there ... somewhere. You just have to find it; then give it away.
About Marshall Ulrich, Humanitarian
Here are some comments about Marshall and his humanitarian work.
A Letter from Mother General
We were touched to receive the following letter from Sister Mary De Bacco, M.P.F., Superior General, regarding Marshall's fundraising efforts for the Religious Teachers Filippini associated with is climb of Mount Everest and other endeavors.
I feel I know you in a profound way, heart to heart. You will never know the good you have done to so many poor mothers and children of Ethiopia and Eritrea who have been given life through your generous spirit. Your strenuous climb to the peak of Mount Everest (even honoring us by placing our Institute flag in that remote spot!) and your 4x Badwater Run... all done to help the most destitute of peoples, is admirable beyond words. Each mile of the journey was one of strenuous work and painful sacrifice, as we can well imagine. The Sisters here followed you with their daily prayers, and waited for the news bulletins that Sister Mary Beth would deliver to us as soon as they arrived. We were honored to be a small part of this marvelous endeavor, even if only from a distance, but close in heart to what you were doing for our poor people.
A starving child hovering close to his mother who can do nothing for him but love him, is so pathetic a sight, it tears at your heart. Many of these children would have died, but because of the hope and concrete help of your generous and sacrificial spirit, they now have a chance.
If you only could see in your mind's eye, the hope you have given these destitute people! A near starving child, sometimes made to wait, to give priority to a starving child, asks for a glass of milk and is no longer turned away because now, thanks to you, we not only can supply food for hundreds of people, but also have a milk fund that will never go empty. Marshall... may God bless you with his most perfect gifts, love and peace of heart!
Sincerely in Christ, Sister Mary De Bacco, M.P.F.
If you would like more information on fundraising for the Religious Teachers Filippini—and how you can help!—please contact:
Remember, 100 percent of your donation
goes to the women and children!
And, your donation is tax-deductible.
Other Testimonials to Marshall’s Generous Spirit
All the good you have done, and all that you have accomplished. There is no proper way to thank you for all your sacrifices for the children. Thanks to your efforts these little souls (children in Eritrea and Ethiopia) go to school and get fed in body, mind, and soul. Thank you for always including the women and children in your efforts. Know that you are always in our prayers. Thank you again so much for all that you have done for us.
Sister Mary Beth Lloyd
Religious Teachers Filippini
I feel fortunate for the opportunity of knowing you in person. It's hard to find adequate words that could fully express my gratitude to you, not only for the all that you do for us but, above all, for what you are. Your generosity, your sensitivity, your open mind and heart are sources of renewed energy for us who try to alleviate the suffering of so many poor people. Indeed your concrete work for peace and justice gives hope for a brighter and more peaceful future. I wish you well and I assure you of my prayers, my gratitude, and my affection. You have enriched us greatly!!
Regional Director, Eritrea
Religious Teachers Filippini
Sister Mary Beth had the following message for Rory and Janis Vose, Heather Ulrich's parents, who were introduced to the Sisters' work through Marshall.
Dear Rory and Janis, Thank you so very much for your very generous gift. I will use your gift to help us start a pizza course in Adigrat, Ethiopia. I have a retired Italian gentleman that is going to Adigrat...he will build the ovens with the local men...and teach the Sisters how to make some great pizza. This site is on some property outside the mission so that we can sell the pizza to passer bys. The older orphan girls will be the first to learn and when they finish the course if they like we can set them up in their own business or they might get a job at a local restaurant.
Thank you again. Be assured of our prayers for all of your intentions!
God bless you.
Sister Mary Beth Lloyd
Religious Teachers Filippini