Cyclone Idai has swept through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, leaving behind a trail of destruction, killing hundreds of people and affecting an estimated 2.6 million people [Cyclone Idai Appeal, April 2019, www.dec.org.uk/appeal/cyclone-idai-appeal ].
So, I will participating in a half marathon run during the SIMPLYHEALTH GREAT BIRMINGHAM RUN (13.10.2019) to raise funds for the DEC Cyclone Idai Appeal. As part of this fund raising I ran the10 mile run during the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend on the 4th of May [ https://midsussexmarathon.co.uk/2019/05/04/sydney-runs-to-raise-money-for-dec-cyclone-idai-appeal/].
While the cyclone idai's devastation took its toll, I called home in Chipinge, Zimbabwe, to find out if my mother’s brothers were safe as they live further to the east of the town , it was somewhat relief to speak to one of them and hear that they were fine. However, their cousin Jonah Mashava (a headmaster at a school where more than 30 students are missing) was flooded out of his house, tried to climb a tree but did not make it and remains missing [ https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/frustration-mounts-mozambique-food-water-shortage-190322090702776.html].
In remembrance of all those who died and to help those affected (left homeless, orphaned, many bridges, schools, shopping facilities and roads destroyed e.t.c ) I am running the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend 2019 (10 Miles) on the 4th of May.
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