I’m running for charity

August 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

September update: on Sunday 16 September 2012 I ran the Great North Run half-marathon in Newcastle and South Shields. I was delighted to finish the distance!, never having run 13. miles before, even in training.

That I came 8,375th is a reflection not just of the numbers taking part (40,000 finished the course) but also of the participatory nature of the event – a joyous mix of individual challenges within a mass-participation experience. Thank you for all the messages of support I received.

I’m fundraising for two charities. Both are close to my heart – and in one case, my guts! If you would like to sponsor me, that would be fabulous. You may find yourself drawn to either charity depending on whether you know me more in a work capacity or as family/friend.

ODEF, the Oasis Development  Education Foundation, is the charitable foundation associated with the Oasis School of Human Relations. As you may know, much of my work is with Oasis; and supporting ODEF brings together several threads for me – my experiences of travelling and working in Africa, my link to Oasis, and my interest in global development issues. ODEF’s purpose is to seek out and respond to people and organisations which focus on issues affecting active citizenship, particularly in relation to women and children. More information about ODEF’s aims and activities can be found here on the Oasis website, and you can donate through that link or contact me for their account details if you’d rather not pay through PayPal.

Crohn’s and Colitis UK is a charity which has helped me and my family ever since my diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease when I was 15. I really admire the work of the charity over the last 30 years, particularly its success in raising the profile of inflammatory bowel disease amongst health professionals as well as amongst the general public. Information abou Crohn’s and Colitis UK can be found here, and you can donate via their justgiving page here.

Thank you.

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