Pain & Gain 2019

Crunch time….I’m 53 and going to blow the dust off my trainers!

What’s brought this on, I hear you ask…… watching the ‘London’ or ‘Great North Run’ ….. being passed daily by lycra-clad bodies on my way to the city-centre?

Not really.

The reason is ‘making a stand’……my youngest son has recently joined the army, and following his progress has given me this burning need to prove (hopefully) the ‘old man’ is not quite done yet!

He’ll be joining me on the run ‘for morale-boosting purposes’ and because he’s in the Army…. he’s really there to kick my backside around the 13.1 miles!!

So, if I’m going to punish myself this way, I might as well do something positive with the experience.

The aim is to complete my first Leicester Half Marathon on Sunday 6th October 2019 and make six £100 donations.

One organization is located in Leicester (UK) and the other five in countries located in my Parallel Lives project regions – Latin America, West Africa, East Africa, South Asia, and South-East Asia.

LeicesterCharity Link

Every £10 donated enables them to unlock £50 from charitable trusts and every single penny goes to help local people and children in need.

Therefore the £100 will become £500.

HaitiThe Andrew Grene Foundation NGO

£100 will provide micro-finance for six women to start up in business – £16 per person.

GambiaGlobal Hands NGO

Support their project exploring the “Backway” phenomenon (irregular youth migration) mainly from The Gambia in Sub-Saharan Africa, via Libya to mainland Europe.

The project aims to deal with the hopelessness that drives youths from Sub-Sahara into perilous journeys across the desert and Mediterranean, often resulting in fatalities.

£100 towards materials used in the micro-enterprise training project.

KenyaMind Me International NGO

The new Community Library and safe-study space opened by this NGO, located in the Mathare slum area of Nairobi, is now fully operational.

They aim to open 10 more across Kenya and the £100 will support the development of the next location.

Sri LankaAsha Centre in Badowita

A small organization that works in an area of Mount Lavinia called Badowita – a purpose-built low-income settlement established in the ’90s when the canals were regenerated in Colombo, and people living by the canals were moved to Badowita.

£100 for the purchase of much-needed books and stationery.

CambodiaCambodia Social Welfare Orphanage

I’m developing a new programme in Cambodia called LEAP (Learning & Enterprise Access Programme) that supports local NGOs to become more sustainable. My £100 will be used to purchase materials for the first course in April 2020.

Now to start training………….Wish me luck!

Donation link: JustGiving page

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