First of all, it is important to say that I am a terrible runner :) I was rubbish at all sports at school and because of this throughout my entire life doing any physical challenge for a great cause was an achievement reserved exclusively for people other than me. However, the world we live in is full of the most amazing people - from an NHS nurse to a former President of the United States there are human beings on this planet that inspire hope in me and make me believe in a bright and spectacular future for humanity. There are, however, some people in this world who seem to only exist to cause pain - these people were once children. I believe that it is the experiences they had as children that led many such people to a life that inflicts pain on others. I believe that the more generations of children who grow up in our world who receive human kindness, understanding and a positive start in life - the less will be driven to hatred, ignorance and division. UNICEF is an organization whose work gives us a chance of achieving that and that's why since March 2018 I have run:
10Ks x6 (current best time 56 minutes)
1/2 Marathons x1 (current best time 2hrs 06mins)
Monthly Distance Challenge x1 - (current record distance 50miles)
- and counting!
I will be running for the rest of my life on this planet - as long as I am physically able - to raise money for UNICEF's work, constantly pushing myself through newer and newer challenges and I will always share my upcoming running events, achievements, inspirational things I encounter in my running travels and fundraising updates with anyone here on Just giving who wants to support me by making a donation.
From a life-saving vaccine to school books in a rural village classroom, the money you donate could protect a child from dangers like disease and abuse, and help them grow up safe and healthy. Every year UNICEF helps millions of children get an education – for example by providing textbooks and classroom kits, or by setting up child-friendly spaces where children can keep learning, even during a conflict or natural disaster.
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Whether you think I'm crazy, amazing or simply a walking cliché - if you think children are the future or just getting off your backside is a good thing, please leave me a donation - no matter how large or small.
Thank you for taking the time to read this :)