I am a volunteer at Christian Aid and I wanted to pass on the following information on a couple of Half Marathons we have taking place in September/ October to any of your members that might be interested:-
In Ethiopia people are forced to use water sources that are a huge health risk due to drought. Women are mainly responsible for collecting water, and some spend up to 12 hours a day doing so. Not only is carrying this load extremely damaging to women's health, travelling this long distance they are exposed to a greater risk of abduction and rape and this leaves them extremely vulnerable.
Etebane is only 12 years old and ever day has to make two 4 km journeys to the nearest spring collecting 10 litres of water and carrying it on her petite frame. Etebane is looking forward to the completion of pipe work that will bring the clean and safe drinking water from the spring to her village and mean an end to this exhausting daily routine.
So run the distance for Etebane and many others this year by taking part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon or the Bupa Great North Run:
Royal Parks Half Marathon
7 October 2012. Put yourself up for the challenge and join team poverty in 2012 for London's most picturesque half marathon.
Bupa Great North Run
16th September 2012. Join us for the Worlds biggest half Marathon and run 13.1 miles from Newcastle to Southshields to help us in our fight to eradicate poverty,
You will find more information on these events on the Christian Aid website:http://www.christianaid.org.uk/getinvolved/events/running/halfmarathon
If you can think of any other ways we would be able to promote our running events in your area then we would love to hear them so please do get in touch.