Last year I ran the London Marathon for the first time. 2012 was a great year, and running the London Marathon was my way of personalising it. I wasn't part of the Olympics, and I wasn't at the Queen's Jubilee, but I did run the London Marathon in the Olympic and Jubliee year…yeah!!. It was the hardest, but the greatest thing I've ever done; though when I started in Greenwich I did not think I would make it to Pall Mall.
But – make it I did… and I want to send a heartfelt thanks to those of you who showed faith in me and contributed to my fund raising page, before and after the event. A Big Thank You – from Build Africa, me and the school children that were helped through the funds we managed to raise last year, £2,366.22…just short of my target of £2,500. Along with the other runners supporting Build Africa we raised over £12,000.00 on the day. Not a bad shout for a days work.
I must be mad. Even though I promised never to put myself through that ordeal again, on April 21st this year I will be doing exactly that, in support of Build Africa again. A charity that works exclusively in rural areas of Uganda and Kenya, they combine learning and earning opportunities which offer children and their family’s long-term solutions to poverty.
This year I ask for your support in helping to raise money so Build Africa can build boreholes for the schools, and families to get access to clean water.
Some of you may be aware of my connection with Uganda, where I spent a month in rural Kabale with 5 other entrepreneurs, helping two villages to build sustainable enterprises. This was all documented by and "painfully" recounted on Channel 4's – The Millionaire's Mission. What you may not realise is that I have in various ways continued to support friends and colleagues in Uganda. Hence my involvement with Build Africa.
Build Africa’s vision which I whole heartedly share and support is for every young person in Africa to fulfil their potential and to make a difference, not only in their lives, but also to the community they live in.
With just a couple of weeks to go my training is pretty much on target.
On March 17th St Patricks Day I did my first half marathon of the year. I did this in memory of my wonderful and dearly loved mother who passed away on March 17th St Patrick’s Day 13 years ago. It was cold, it was snowing and it was windy, but I was inspired by my mom to finish the 12.9 miles from Farleigh Golf Club in Surrey to Brixton in my personal best record of 2.20 hours. On target to finish the marathon on the average runner time of 4.30 hours. Let’s hope I can keep it up or even better it.
In the last month I have run in four countries, Pfungstadt – Germany (sub 15 degrees), then Lagos – Nigeria 29 degrees, Brussels – Belgium, minus 5 degrees and also of course London which these days never seems to rise above zero degrees.
Anyway the training goes on. I have since done another half marathon Sunday March 23rd, and did my longest run Easter Sunday of 20 miles in 3hrs and 48 mins.
Please help me make 2013 as memorable as 2012 by raising at least £2,500.00 again to help Build Africa.
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I really appreciate all your support and thank you in advance for any anything you can afford. Every little helps.
“If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up not doing nothing for nobody.”