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Weʼre raising £1,000 to Help to Buy a Bus in Ghana

Middlesbrough, UK

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In January 2018, our Cathedral Dean, Monsignor Gerard Robinson took up an invitation to visit the Padre Pio Rehabilitation Centre at Ahotokurom in Ghana. (Ahotokurom means ‘Place of Serenity’).

The centre, near Cape Coast, was established in the early 1980s as a partnership between the DMJ sisters, the Franciscan Order and local people, to rehabilitate and reintegrate former leprosy and Buruli ulcer sufferers into their communities.The centre now provides a range of services including health care, social care and education for the disabled and disadvantaged.

During his visit, Monsignor Gerard witnessed the daily challenges faced and asked whether there was anything we could do to help. They explained that their most desperate and urgent need is for a new bus to transport children, adults and staff to and from the centre.

Their present bus is old and often breaks down as the harsh bush roads are very demanding. The bus is essential as the only means of transport for the children, adults and staff who attend the day centre. The cost of a suitable new bus would be around £70,000, although approximately £20,000 has already been raised by the ‘Friends of Ahotokurom DMJ’ UK charity. Our challenge is therefore to help to raise the £50,000 that is required to finance the purchase of a new bus.

St Mary's Cathedral and other parishes, schools and individuals in the Diocese of Middlesbrough have already raised over £15000. As the Treasurer for the Fund, I am aiming to help by taking part in the 2018 Tees Pride 10K run on Sunday 2nd September. I have run the 10K race four times before, but the last of those was six years ago, and, as I am now 63, it's been a bit of a toil to get the legs moving again !

It's safe to say that I won't be winning the race, but if you would be willing to sponsor me that will certainly help to motivate me towards the finish line. Anything you can give will be most gratefully received.

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  • Laurie Haley4 months ago
    Laurie Haley

    Laurie Haley

    4 months ago

    Well folks, the run took place on Sunday morning in blazing sunshine, which made it more of a challenge than I'd hoped. I did however finish in 1697th place out of a field of 2282 runners, so it wasn't a disaster by any means. My finishing time was 73 mins. Many, many thanks once again to all who supported me with donations here on Just Giving and in cash. Up to now, the total raised is around £1550, which is fantastic.

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  • Laurie Haley4 months ago
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    Laurie Haley

    4 months ago

    7 days to go to the run date. My physiotherapist and sports psychologist are putting in a few extra shifts with me this week, to get me into peak physical and mental fitness ready for Sunday. They both advise that my idea of a curry and a few pints on Saturday evening as a treat ahead of the run is not a strategy they would recommend, so it's looks as though it'll be pasta, orange juice and an early night instead.

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  • Laurie Haley4 months ago
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    Laurie Haley

    4 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    One quarter of the way to my £1000 target. I am also receiving cash donations via the Parish so things are going well. Three weeks to go ! Ran 9k again yesterday.

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5 months ago

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Page last updated on: 9/17/2018 12:05 PM

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27

  • Victor Dowd

    Victor Dowd

    Sep 17, 2018

    Well done

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Sep 5, 2018

    £20.00

  • Andrew and Mary Lombard

    Andrew and Mary Lombard

    Sep 4, 2018

    Well done Laurie! I nearly never had any doubts you would do it!

    £50.00

  • John

    John

    Sep 3, 2018

    Well done Laurie. John.

    £100.00

  • Stephen

    Stephen

    Sep 3, 2018

    Hope it was a good run.

    £20.00

  • Paul Griffiths

    Paul Griffiths

    Sep 2, 2018

    Good luck.

    £30.00

  • Siobhan Campbell

    Siobhan Campbell

    Sep 2, 2018

    Good luck!

    £10.00

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