The events of the last few weeks have brought marathon running very much into the consciousness of people worldwide. Marathons have long been used by runners to raise vital funds for their chosen charities, however in light of recent events it has become even clearer that this epic race has the power to unite; whether that be in response to the tragedies in Boston, or the hopefulness of the first ever Bethlehem marathon, this is a race that brings out the best in humanity. So Street Child World Cup would like to take this opportunity to thank Barney Gilbert and Kevin Draper: two marathon runners who chose to run their marathons to support our campaign.
Barney’s Paris Marathon Story
“Paris to Rio? Well, not quite. But on April 7th I managed to scamper the 26.2 miles around Paris in just under three and a half hours. To be honest, I was just delighted to get around the course as, for a couple of months before the race, training had been prevented through a series of nasty niggles and a knee injury. Alas, nothing voltarol couldn’t keep a grip on!
It was an honour to run for the Street Child World Cup. I have seen how football provides an escape from the uncertainty which torments the every day of these kids, and the SCWC provides a platform for their voice to be heard. Ultimately, the SCWC hopes to see an end to the abuse and exploitation of street kids worldwide. I must say, it was this that kept me going during those lonely moments in the Bois de Boulogne as the race drew to a close! What a cause to support – thanks very much to all who donated.”
Barney (far left) having completed the Paris Marathon
Kevin’s London Marathon Story
“A few years ago Tom Hewitt (Founder of Umthombo, SCWC’s South African partner project) visited our church to talk about the forthcoming World Cup in South Africa. We have closely followed the work that has been done since, and in particular the positive role of the SCWC in giving street children a positive opportunity and highlighting the plight of street children across the world.
In March our church held a sleep out to support the work of SCWC. When I was offered a place to run in the 2013 London Marathon I was keen to use the opportunity to support this excellent charity and the project accompanying the Brazil World Cup. I love sport of all kinds especially football and running and I work with children and young people in north-west London. So running the marathon for SCWC brought together my various passions.
Last year I completed the London course in 3:14.26 and I was keen to improve on that time this year. The race itself was brought into perspective by the horrific events in Boston. The pre-race minute’s silence at the start line was poignant, and it was also inspiring to see such huge crowds turn out on a wonderfully sunny spring day for the event. The race went well for me up to the 35km point where a leg cramp spoiled my chances of a sub 3 hour time but despite a painful last few miles I was still delighted to finish in 3:05.30 to improve my PB by 9 minutes!
My sponsors from friends, family, Hillingdon Triathletes, Harrow AC and Holy Trinity Church, Northwood have been extremely generous and the money is still coming in! The running total is now at £596 and I hope this will help towards the work of SCWC in the run up to the World Cup next year.”
Congratulations and thank you to both Barney and Kevin; between you you have raised an impressive £1,177 for SCWC! If you would like to sponsor Barney or Kevin there is still time: Barney’s Page – Kevin’s Page.
“I know from personal experience just what power football can have to inspire and change young people’s lives whatever their background or nationality. This is what the Street Child World Cup is all about and I give it my full support.”
“It was possible to gather many nationalities, story cultures, viagra 60mg and form a nation: a nation of free man, with equal rights and opportunities, mutual respect, rightful duties. It was 10 days when the world, in that corner of Rio, was fair to socially excluded children; they could feel the beauty of being somebody in this world.”
“When ever people come across me they laugh. It seems like my mouth is zipped because they talk for us. I wish they could give us a chance to talk for ourselves.”