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Following my last attempt at a marathon I promised not to do more than 10k again. However, I cannot resist helping ORBIS as it is such a good charity and of course linked to Aviation. Last year Fedex donated an MD10 and once again an ORBIS aircraft will be travelling around the globe helping to restore sight.

Every penny I raise will go towards ORBIS’s sightsaving work, such as ORBIS’s programme in southern Ethiopia working to eliminate the blinding eye condition, trachoma. Trachoma is a highly infectious and agonising eye disease that has been wiped out in the western world, but in countries like Ethiopia it continues to bring misery, pain, blindness and poverty.

Yet trachoma is both easy to treat and prevent. With effective treatment someone’s suffering could actually be over very quickly. Their sight could be saved and their life transformed. ORBIS has adopted the World Health Organisation’s SAFE strategy which involves corrective Surgery, to reverse the effects of trachoma (in-turned eye lids which result in eye lashes scraping on the surface of the eye); distributing Antibiotics to prevent infection and spread of the illness; raising awareness of Facial cleanliness to prevent the bacteria which causes infection; and improving the surrounding Environment through improving access to clean water and sanitation.

In countries where even healthy people struggle to provide for their own needs, blind and visually impaired people suffer extreme poverty. The measures to control trachoma are extremely cost effective.

- £50 can distribute a dose of the antibiotic, Zithromax, to 200 adults and children

- £100 pays for 10 people to have sight saving surgery

I would greatly appreciate any donation towards this challenge and the work that ORBIS is doing to preserve and restore the sight of some of the poorest people in the poorest communities across the world. Thank you so much for your support and sharing ORBIS’s vision – it is truly appreciated.

Don’t forget to Gift Aid your sponsorship if you are a UK taxpayer!

As an extra incentive, those donating/ sponsoring Ian’s Marathon challenge will be entered into the draw to win a pair of flights to one of’s exciting new destinations for 2012. Unfortunately members of and Jet2holidays staff and their family will not be eligible for entry into the draw.



Updates 1

a huge thanks for everyone who donated to ORBIS. I completed the marathon in 5 hours 34 mins. It was hard work but the crowd along the route were amazing.

23/04/12 11:03

Raising money for



Charity Registration No. 1061352

There are over 39 million blind people in the world. 80% of these cases are avoidable and 90% live in developing countries. Orbis is a global charity, dedicated to preserving and restoring the sight of the poorest people in the poorest communities across the world.

Donations 75

Donation by Helena McCullagh on 03/05/12


Hi Ian Glad it went well - really impressive and a great cause! Congratulations!

Donation by MARY THOMAS on 01/05/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Great cause - great effort

Donation by hilde on 01/05/12


I also said I would never do it again so I know the feeling therefore an extra big: WELL DONE!

Donation by Robert Baltus on 27/04/12


Well done Ian, enjoy your holiday. Time to replenish your batteries (with the black stuff)!

Donation by John and Jackie Hodcroft on 26/04/12


+ £6.50 Gift Aid

Great effort, very well done, Paddy & Nikki

Donation by Paddy Webber on 26/04/12

Well done Ian - from all at Stansted Airport

Donation by paul haynes on 26/04/12

Well done!

Donation by Diane Devenish-Meares on 24/04/12


+ £6.50 Gift Aid

Congratulations Ian!

Donation by Chris Harcombe on 24/04/12


+ £6.50 Gift Aid

Well done Ian!

Donation by Steve Lee on 24/04/12


+ £6.50 Gift Aid

Well done for this very worthy cause

Donation by John Hanlon on 23/04/12

Well done for yesterday Ian, I hope the weather held up. Nikki

Donation by Nikki Trevor on 23/04/12


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

good luck. Hope weather down there than it is up here

Donation by roman bihuniak on 22/04/12


+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Run slim boy run! See you at the finish line xxx

Donation by Jo Doubtfire on 21/04/12


Good luck I will be looking for you on the telly

Donation by Kate Osgood on 21/04/12


Good luck from all at Woodside Dental surgery

Donation by Magaret and Lindsey on 21/04/12


Good Luck Dad! We will cheer lots to get your round! x

Donation by Hannah Doubtfire on 20/04/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Great choice of charity Ian, hope it goes well, thought you looked slim and healthy. Good luck.

Donation by neil and karin on 20/04/12


Ian, Enjoy your weekends flying from now! – promise? Good Luck! Philip

Donation by Philip Meeson on 20/04/12


+ £250.00 Gift Aid

Dear Ian Good luck and well done for such a great charity. Regards Paul and Carla

Donation by PAUL WHELAN on 19/04/12


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Good luck Ian x

Donation by Niel, Amanda & Charlie Luke on 19/04/12


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

If you run fast enough you might miss the rain! Looking forward to cheering you on.

Donation by Robert & Kate on 18/04/12


+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Good Luck Ian. It's only three times the distance from Rawdon to Leeds!

Donation by Nicholas Bell on 18/04/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good Luck Ian, I'm sure it won't feel much longer than 14.7 miles!

Donation by Paul Forster on 17/04/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Rather you than me! Good luck.

Donation by Adrian Hill on 16/04/12


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£3,701.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£3,701.00
  • Gift Aid£713.75

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