Robert Avery-Phipps

Hitting The Wall: Rob Runs The Great Wall Marathon

Fundraising for The Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper
by 65 supporters
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Event: Great Wall Marathon in aid of End Polio Now, on 18 May 2013


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In the summer of 2012 I went on a trip with the Rotary Club of Shanghai to the Western Chinese city of Lanzhou. The aim of the trip was to donate wheelchairs to people who had been affected by polio.

Polio is a viral infectious disease which children are most vulnerable to contracting. Most cases leave the individual crippled for life; however, in severe cases it can be fatal.

This first hand interaction with people who had polio really opened my eyes to how devastating this disease is. It was really brought home when one man told me that the wheelchair he received would enable him to simply get out of his apartment and 'feel the sunshine'. 

It is my ambition that in the future charities will not have to donate wheelchairs. Thanks to great work done by Rotary International, the Bill and Malinda Gates foundation and many other charities polio is very close to being eradicated from the world forever. We are very close to the finishing line but it is essential we make that final push!

The price of a cup of coffee, pint of beer or glass or glass of wine will pay for a vaccination for 3 kids from pockets of the world where polio is still a threat.

It is my aim to raise enough money to vaccinate 1000 children.

To reach my goal I have decided to run the Great Wall Marathon and encourage people to donate. This is a 42km race on China's most famous landmark, a structure specifically built to be inhospitable. With over 5000 steps to negotiate this is going to be a serious challenge but after a lot of training I'm up for it! 

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Thanks for taking the time to read my page any donation however big or small will be much appreciated!

About the charity

The Rotary Club of Abingdon Vesper supports a broad range of projects both local and international. Community projects include annual barge trips on the Kennet and Avon canal for local people with physical disabilities. International projects range from Action for Children in Conflict in Kenya to supporting doctors in Tanzania.

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