‘Mary, why are you running so much?!’
To go & volunteer in Kenya in September I need to raise £800 for the charity VSO. All the money goes directly to the charity and ensures they can keep the programme going for another year. Whilst I’m away I’ll be volunteering full time, staying with a host family and living like a local (food, activities, facilities) so don’t worry; I’m not going on an extended holiday!
VSO volunteers have loads of different ways of raising the money before volunteering overseas, a lot do a sponsored walk or run. I decided a 10K or half marathon wasn’t extreme enough so I’m accumulating the total of 600 miles over the next 2 months as my main fundraiser.
Why 600 miles (or 965KM)? I chose this distance because it’s the same as the width of Kenya (+ is probably the most I could handle in 2 months). I’m accumulating the total of 600 by running almost everyday whilst I’m in Spain (it’s 30 degrees most days which is ermm sweaty..) and will end with a long run in the UK; maybe a half marathon depending on dates.
You can track my progress & countdown on my instagram (@marymandefield) and will share big milestones here on my blog.
It’s easy to sponsor me on my JustGiving page and you can donate any amount or maybe choose to pledge £2 every time I reach a 100 mile milestone. This is a super tough challenge for me so I really appreciate any donations and support!
p.s. I’ve found out it’s very likely I’ll be volunteering with people with disabilities; helping kids get into mainstream school and helping increase opportunities for wealth creation in areas of poverty in the market town of Nanyuki. I hope I can set up some sports clubs while I’m there too but obviously will have to wait until I find out more
Thanks guys & gals!
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