Did you know that women and girls represent the majority of the world’s poor? 70% of the 1 billion poorest people are female. Women and girls all over the world are held back simply because of their gender. They are disproportionately affected by discrimination, violence and exploitation. Too many are deprived the opportunity of an education and to basic health services.
WHY SO THEY CAN?
At the end of 2015, my firm, Wotton + Kearney, started sponsoring Joyce Wambui, a 7 year old girl in Kenya. Joyce lives in Davpur with her parents and two siblings (her older brother sadly passed away last July). Through W+K’s sponsorship, Joyce is able to attend the Aberdare Ranges Primary School, a school developed and run by So They Can. As well as receiving an exceptional education, So They Can provides Joyce with two hot meals and clean water every day, and also ensures her medical needs are met – developing a healthy, happy, educated little girl.
There are currently 960 students at Aberdare Ranges Primary School. Unlike Joyce, there are still 325 children who are not sponsored. So They Can continues to provide education to these children, but it leaves a significant funding gap.
We want to raise at least $50,000 for So They Can to support the feeding and education of almost 80 of the unsponsored children for a year. I have personally committed to raising $5,000 to help reach this target.
WHAT AM I DOING TO RAISE THESE FUNDS?
As part of my commitment to So They Can, I will spend 2 weeks in Kenya in August 2016, visiting So They Can’s projects in Nakuru. During my time in Kenya (and afterwards) I will take part in 3 challenges which will test my fitness, endurance and determination…
As you will have appreciated, I love to run and I have had the opportunity to run in some pretty interesting and challenging races. Because of that, I realise that its not enough for me to say to you that I’m going to run a half marathon in Kenya and to seek your support. You want to know that I am pushing myself, feeling some pain and really earning your donations. That’s why I’ve come up with the idea of a trifecta of events in a 2 week period to really challenge myself. Here we go:
Maasai Mara (half) Marathon
On Saturday 20 August 2016, I will run the famous Maasai Mara (half) Marathon. It will be a magical, but very challenging race, running through a games reserve, the track uneven and unpredictable. It will be hot and dusty, with wild animals crossing our path – very different to running the same distance round Sydney!
Mount Kenya trek
After finishing the Maasai Mara (half) Marathon on the Saturday, me and my weary legs will travel to Nairobi. On Monday 22 August I will start a 5 day trek up Mount Kenya. Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest peak (after Kilimanjaro) at 5199m.
Training for this trek will be very different to training for the half marathon. I’m going to need to get myself used to climbing and get some altitude training in as well. Some of the days involve 7 hours of trekking, at altitude. Hmmm, what am I letting myself in for??
Back in Sydney – the Coastal Classic…
The last event in my trifecta may well be the hardest, particularly following a half marathon and mountain climb. On Saturday 3 September (the day before my birthday!) I will run a 29km trail run along Sydney’s south coast from Otford to Bundeena. The course is a mixture of technical coastal terrain sections where I will run on soft sand, slippery rock ledges, through coastal heathland and over steep quad busting headlands. Training for the Coastal Classic will be like training for a marathon – the distance will require 30km+ training runs, but also plenty of hills and sand running (both things I try to avoid!). I am told that I can expect to complete the Coastal Classic in a similar time to my marathon time, so that’s somewhere between 4 and 5 hours. Of running. On really tough terrain. Having already run a half marathon and climbed a mountain. The prospect terrifies me and I really am questioning my sanity.
HOWEVER, I really believe in the work that So They Can is doing in East Africa and I really want to meet my $5,000 fundraising target so that I can support their work and do my part to fund the education and feeding of some of the children at the Aberdare Ranges Primary School. Please will you help me?
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
If you would like to help me support So They Can, please make a donation using My fundraising page.
Here are some of the ways your generous donation can benefit Joyce and her friends:
•$5 provides one child with two hot meals a day for a month
•$15 provides exercise books for a child for a year
•$50 can buy a library books pack
•$75 provides sports equipment for the school
•$600 is enough to sponsor one child for a year
•$5,000 provides Joyce’s friends, family and community with life saving medical supplies for one year
Thank you for your support.