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£240raised of £600 target by 10 supporters

    Weʼve raised £240 to help 1 organization in Leicester (UK) and 5 organizations in Latin America, West Africa, East Africa, South Asia, & South-East Asia.

    Funded on Monday, 28th October 2019

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    The challenge is to complete my first Leicester Half Marathon on Sunday 6th October 2019, and make six £100 donations.

    I'll be joined on the run - for morale boosting purposes - by my youngest son, Elliot (19) and his army fitness level, will hopefully mean, he can kick my backside around the 13.1 miles!!

    One organization is located in Leicester (UK) and the other five in countries located in my Parallel Lives project regions – Latin America, West Africa, East Africa, South Asia, and South-East Asia.

    Leicester – Charity Link

    Every £10 donated enables them to unlock £50 from charitable trusts and every single penny goes to help local people and children in need. Therefore the £100 will become £500.

    Haiti – The Andrew Grene Foundation NGO

    Andrew Grene gave his life, aged 44, in the service of peace, in the earthquake of January 12, 2010 when the UN HQ building in Port au Prince collapsed. He worked for the United Nations in some of the world’s most precarious situations, among them the Central African Republic, Ethiopia and Eritrea. He helped to broker the peaceful transition of power from Indonesia to an independent East Timor. In his final posting he worked passionately, with unwavering courage and with an unshakeable belief in the country and the people of Haiti.

    £100 will provide micro-finance for six women to start up in business – £16 per person.

    Gambia – Global Hands NGO

    Support their project exploring the “Backway” phenomenon (irregular youth migration) mainly from The Gambia in Sub-Saharan Africa, via Libya to mainland Europe. The project aims to deal with the hopelessness that drives youths from Sub-Sahara into perilous journeys across the desert and Mediterranean, often resulting in fatalities. £100 towards materials used in the micro-enterprise training project.

    Kenya – Mind Me International NGO

    The new community Library and safe-study space opened by this NGO, located in the Mathare slum area of Nairobi, is now fully operational. They aim to open 10 more across Kenya and the £100 will support the next locations development.

    Sri Lanka – Asha Centre, Badowita

    A small organization that works in an area of Mount Lavinia called Badowita - a purpose built low-income settlement established in the 90's, when the canals were regenerated in Colombo, and people living by the canals were moved to Badowita.

    £100 for the purchase of resources for 6 months.

    Asha Centre - Opened in 2012

    Cambodia - Cambodia Social Welfare Orphanage

    I'm developing a new programme in Cambodia called LEAP (Learning & Enterprise Access Programme) that supports local NGOs to become more sustainable. My £100 will be used to purchase materials for the first course in April 2020.

    Now to start training………….Wish me luck!

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    • John Coster2 months ago
      John Coster

      John Coster

      2 months ago

      Hi everyone......well it's bad news sadly.....the Half Marathon has been cancelled due to flooding on the route. I'm absolutely gutted as I was ready!!! On the positive side, I'll keep running. I've raised £240 on Just Giving and I THANK YOU ALL for that.....I've been given another £60 (from people who didn't wish to use this platform) so I hit 50% of the total. I'll match the other 50% myself, so we have the magic number of £600......boom!! I'll share links to the blog posts as I start distributing the funds. THANK YOU again. JC :)

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    • John Coster2 months ago
      John Coster

      John Coster

      2 months ago

      Hi everyone.....with only 7 days remaining to the Leicester Half Marathon, I've posted 'Blog 2 of 6' about the first of five overseas charities/organizations that will each receive £100 from our fundraising....The Andrew Grene Foundation .....go to

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    • John Coster3 months ago
      John Coster

      John Coster

      3 months ago

      Hi Everyone.....quick Friday afternoon update.....just completed the Leicester Half Marathon registration for Elliot and me, so I guess it's on!! Only 2 weeks from Sunday. Enjoy your weekend. JC :)

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    • Anonymous


      Sep 23, 2019

      Hope it makes a difference & you both enjoy it! 👟👟👍🏻


    • Anonymous


      Sep 17, 2019

      Good luck John xx

    • Paul Reilly

      Paul Reilly

      Aug 31, 2019

      Good luck!


    • Ranvia Kaur

      Ranvia Kaur

      Jul 16, 2019

      all the best john!!


    • Duncan Hockley

      Duncan Hockley

      Jul 16, 2019

      Best of luck John. Keep up the good work.


    • Vanessa and Philip

      Vanessa and Philip

      Jul 16, 2019


    • Ethan Coster

      Ethan Coster

      Jul 15, 2019


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    Hi .....I'm a freelance journalist, educator and documentarian. I set up my own independent museum, archive and library called Documentary Media Centre.....its Parallel Lives project supports documentarians capturing stories around the World.

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