Seed Madagascar
Amy Passauer
Leah Passauer

Amy Passauer of Highlands has her sights set on traveling to Madagascar this month. While it sounds like a great way to spend your vacation, she’s undertaking a challenge that most people wouldn’t even consider.

Amy and her sister Leah will be running a grueling and once-in-a-lifetime 50k race (31.0686 miles) from the beach to bush in support of SEED Madagascar, where Leah works as the English Program Coordinator. 

This is not Amy’s first extreme running experience. She has done three other 50k races, but this is the first with her sister. 

“We’re always up for a challenge,” she says. “Leah and I decided to combine forces and put our running shoes to good use.” She started training in July and has been running six days a week and doing yoga to recuperate. She recently joined a new running group, The Cashiers NC Hill Chasers, and has incorporated weekly spinning classes, as well.

Starting out from Sainte Luce on September 22, Amy and Leah will make their way over a tough course of sand, rocks, and uneven road, before ending their impressive 50k feat at SEED Madagascar’s main office in Fort Dauphin. To make it all that distance they need donations. 

SEED Madagascar is an award-winning sustainable development organization working in southeast Madagascar. The aim of SEED Madagascar (formerly Azafady UK) is to help the poorest communities in Madagascar empower themselves and develop in sustainable ways, increasing local access to health care and education. 

A core priority is to conserve the delicate ecosystems of Madagascar through facilitating viable alternatives to deforestation. Their projects are at the frontline of global conservation and development work, with integrative and innovative projects which emphasize training, capacity building and education geared towards helping local people to help themselves. Projects are funded by prestigious donors such as the National Lottery, Comic Relief, The European Union, Prix Pictet, and DFID.

One hundred percent of all donations will go directly to the work of SEED Madagascar and their diverse projects. To add your contributions, visit Lay Fandomba means Run to Save in Malagasy.

For more info or to find out how to volunteer with SEED in Madagascar go to