John Lyon

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Fundraising for MapAction
raised of £500 target
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Event: Virgin London Marathon 2010, on 25 April 2010

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We Raise funds to help respond to Humanitarian disasters


I was inspired to run for MapAction in this year's London Marathon. MapAction is a charity that works in disaster zones to help to coordinate and target relief effectively.  You only need to look at the problems in Haiti to see just how important their work is. It's not just giving money to a relief agency, it's making sure the relief gets to the right place. See MapAction volunteers on the ground supply GIS data which is used to create up to date maps showing where relief help is most urgently needed. Your donations will support their work in many ways and make sure that people are kept alive.

Getting miles in over the last month has been interesting, as you can see from the images. Getting lost on Kinder is one hazard I hadn't banked on. Maybe I need MapAction to track me!

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About the charity


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MapAction believes that applying geospatial expertise to humanitarian situations can greatly improve outcomes for the people affected. Global humanitarian needs outstrip resources. Expert geospatial and data analysis can help stretch those resources for maximum impact. Many professionals want to donate their energy and skills to help. MapAction is the bridge which enables them to do so effectively. We are a non-profit organisation that collaborates with partners around the world to help anticipate, prepare for and respond to humanitarian emergencies. We strive to ensure governments, regional and local disaster management agencies and humanitarian responders have access to the information and analysis that they need to make key decisions, at the right times, to save lives and alleviate suffering. We are a team of around 100 people, 75% of them expert volunteers, plus a small roster of standby consultants. Combining the passion of volunteerism with the rigour and reliability of professional standards, the ‘MapAction spirit’ is something we work hard to maintain and the willingness of our team to go the extra mile is often fed back to us.

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