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John Melvyn Walmsley

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Weʼre raising £1,000 to buy school uniform items and stationery to send to the Lovey Foundation in rural Bawku, Ghana so more children can have a basic education.

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I'm a 68 year old who, with a following wind, can run a sub-10 minute mile downhill. I'm grateful I still can. I was even luckier to have a life-changing free education up to PhD level. But I'll always regret that my father, after passing his grammar school exams in the 1920s, couldn't go there and have his life changed too. His parents had barely afforded the grammar school uniform for his sister and couldn't afford another. TODAY, in Bawku Municipal District in north east Ghana, many children don't even start PRIMARY school because their families can’t afford uniforms and basic equipment.

That's why, on Sunday 10 March, I'm running the West Worthing 10k (6.2 miles) in Ghanaian school uniform. Please sponsor me to help Lovey Foundation (UK) to buy and send to its sister community based organisation, the Lovey Foundation in Bawku, the essential school uniform material, sandals, bags and stationery.

Founded in 2013 by Aruk Thomas Lateef, one of the few Bawku people to go to university, the Lovey Foundation has changed 147 young lives. In rural Bawku far too many small children, especially girls, break stones, chop firewood and mind livestock instead of having at least a primary school education. Lovey breaks down social and economic barriers so what happened to my father long ago in England won't recur in Bawku. Equipping a Ghanaian girl or boy to stop labouring and start school costs about £60, including shipping. Those children don't waste that chance. Some walk five miles each way to school. Some have already made it to senior high school.

Do visit the Lovey Foundation website to read more and see photos of the difference this Foundation makes.

Please give generously, so a Mad March OAP running on Worthing seafront on a Sunday morning can stop Bawku children breaking stones and give them their dream of an education. With your help, we aim this September to have put 200 children into primary schools.


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    • Catherine F

      Catherine F

      Mar 6, 2019


    • Paul Kenny

      Paul Kenny

      Mar 4, 2019


    • CFJ Barker

      CFJ Barker

      Mar 4, 2019

      Good to meet you and enjoy the run


    • Nicholas Soames

      Nicholas Soames

      Feb 28, 2019

    • Anonymous


      Feb 26, 2019

      Hi MelvynGood luck with run Ian and Annie


    • Lynne Adams

      Lynne Adams

      Feb 24, 2019

      Good luck!


    • John and Carol D.

      John and Carol D.

      Feb 24, 2019

      Good luck, Melvyn! I hope you get a following wind - in both directions!


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