I’m not a runner. I never have been despite my best efforts (my first ever junior run took over an hour to jog/walk 3 miles…) and yet I found myself contemplating the Great North Run this year, all in the name of Oxfam. I don’t think I would put myself through 13.1 miles (with hills) if it wasn’t for such a good cause.
I apologise for this slighty baking interlude but I really wanted to share this with you. I promise I will get back to cake as soon as possible or perhaps invent some way of combining the two. Cake Running. Now that’s my kind of sport.
I’ve been supporting Oxfam for quite a few years now, volunteering at music festivals and donating on a regular basis. If you ever get the chance to volunteer for Oxfam, I really recommend that you do.
I met the most wonderful group of friends through Oxfam, watched some amazing bands and made it to Glastonbury and Leeds Festival in the process, in return for stewarding at the festivals, doing three eight hour shifts. Stewarding at festivals also helps Oxfam to raise money.
But I haven’t had as much time as before to spend a week stewarding at festivals, what with travelling the globe and having a proper job, so I really wanted to do something to actively support Oxfam and the fantastic work that they’re doing.
Did you know to have the biggest possible impact on the lives of poor people worldwide, Oxfam concentrates on three areas of work?
Tackling poverty in 70 countries including the UK to ensure people can live healthy and safe lives.
I’m looking to raise a minimum of £300 before I run the Great North Run on 16th September 2012. If you have a little spare money that you would like to donate it will be very gratefully appreciated by the millions of people who Oxfam support and also by me. Each pound that is donated will help me get one foot in front of the other and push me on to train to get through those 13.1 miles. (That 0.1 of a mile is definitely important!)
At the moment millions of people in West Africa are at risk of starvation. Due to low rainfall, poor harvests, high food prices and a lack of pasture means that 13 million people are at risk of serious food shortages across the Sahel region. Oxfam aims to reach 1 million of them. £25 will pay for the vaccination of 15 goats which can then provide food and an income for families.
My target it to raise a minimum of £300. Fingers crossed! And £300 is more than enough to provide clean, safe drinking water for nine families in West Africa, by building or repairing water sources.
Oxfam has achieved so much already but they need continued support to ensure they can reach those who need it most. In this year alone they have secured clean water, public health and sanitation for nearly 34,000 refugees from the conflict in Sudan.
I know that any donations that are pledged will be a sure fire way to motivate me to put the cake down and get my trainers on. Thank you very much not only for reading this post, but also for donating anything that you can.
Just in case you need it my online fundraising page can be found here… JustGiving/Lauren-Prince