David Blamire-Brown

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SEED Madagascar
SEED Madagascar (formerly Azafady) is a UK registered charity (Registered Charity Number 1079121) and Malagasy NGO working in partnership with disadvantaged communities to improve living standards and quality of life in positive coexistence with the fragile and unique local environment. Founded in 1994, the organisation works in 30 of the most impoverished villages on the globe and in the urban centre of Fort Dauphin, south east Madagascar, home to a population of some 300,000 people. SEED Madagascar works with local people to conserve threatened forests situated along 70 km of coastline, home to countless endemic and endangered species. The Fort Dauphin NGO has 70 local employees and there are two full time staff working in the London office. Azafady typically works with about 80 volunteers in London and Madagascar every year. Azafady’s aim is to help the poorest communities in Madagascar to empower themselves and develop in sustainable ways, increasing local access to health care and education. A core priority is to conserve the delicate ecosystems of Madagascar through facilitating viable alternatives to deforestation. Our programmes are at the frontline of global conservation and development work, with integrative and innovative projects which emphasise training, capacity building and education geared towards helping local people to help themselves.
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Selfishness Offsetting

Fundraiser: 
David Blamire-Brown

My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidBlamire-Brown

Hi,

Thank you so much for visiting my fundraising page.

Do you remember the greenwashing fad of carbon offsetting from about 10 years ago? If you bought a plane ticket, the airline would plant 10 trees or something to offset the carbon emissions from the flight. Total greenwashing, but planting more trees is probably not a bad thing (I haven't actually researched this assumption). Anyway, I'm about to do something similar to offset my selfishness.

Let's get one thing clear. Long distance running is a very selfish hobby. It means hours of training away from your family and friends. And, even during the event, there's not much to see as a spectator. For example if you're watching a marathon, in the best case, you might see a runner 4 or 5 times for a few seconds each time.
To compound things, not only am I signed up for the Brecon Beacons Ultra in November 2014, as part of my preparation I've also signed up for the Edinburgh Marathon in May. So my family and friends are facing an entire year of me disappearing for 3 hour runs at the weekend, me obsessing about my diet and calorie intake, me spending several hours in the gym, and me sending excessive money on kit, training fuel, travel and accommodation.

Let's get one thing clear. Long distance running is a very selfish hobby. It means hours of training away from your family and friends. And, even during the event, there's not much to see as a spectator. If you're watching a marathon, in the best case, you might see a runner 4 or 5 times for a few seconds each time. And it's worse for an Ultra Marathon meandering through the Brecon Beacons in the middle of November.

To compound things, not only am I signed up for the Brecon Beacons Ultra in November 2014, as part of my preparation I've also signed up for the Edinburgh Marathon in May. So my family and friends are facing an entire year of me disappearing for 3 hour runs at the weekend, me obsessing about my diet and calorie intake, me spending several hours in the gym, and me sending excessive money on kit, training fuel, travel and accommodation.

To try to reduce the impact of my selfish choices, I'm going to attempt to offset my selfishness by raising money for charity. The charity I will be supporting is Azafady.

In short, Azafady is an amazing charity. 

Azafady carries out charity work in Madagascar. I've chosen Azafady for many reasons. I have personal connections to a volunteer worker. I believe that Azafadys's approach to sustainable development matches well with own personal beliefs. I also think that the Malagasy are a truly deserving cause.

The facts of life for the Malagasy are stark and disturbing. For example, in 2008 seven in ten Malagasy lived on less than $2 per day. Now more than nine in ten do.

The Economist World in Figures 2010 listed Madagascar's infant mortality rate as 65.2 per 1000 live births, ranking it the 35th highest infant mortaility rate in the world. Only 35% of its rural population  have access to improved water sources. Only 10% of the rural population have access to improved sanitation.

Madagascar's environment is special. Somewhere between 80-90% of the plant and animal species are endemic to the island. Environmental pressures mean that this ecosystem is under constant and accelerating threat.

Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this.

I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.

Let's doing something special together and raise a game changing amount of money for a genuinely deserving cause.

Thanks again,

Dave

Recent donors

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15.12.14 Good warm up for the Iron Man in Nice

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22.11.14 Well done young fella!

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19.11.14 Fantastic - what a hero!

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18.11.14 Hi David. sorry it's taken longer to get to look at this than it did for you to complete the challenge - amazing achievement, many congratulations. this is the sort of selfishness which should be commended.

18.11.14 Hope it goes well. It's a big challenge. Well done

18.11.14

17.11.14 Just like my running pace, it's taken me a while to get here, but I got here in the end.

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17.11.14 Good luck

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16.11.14 All the best David hope it went OK!

16.11.14 A small contribution for a big effort.

15.11.14 Crazy cat!

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14.11.14 Good luck Dave, hope the weather is kind to you, and that you can 'enjoy' at least some of it!

14.11.14 Good Luck, remember anything less than top 10 is a disappointment!

£1,738.00

Running total

Target:
£2,000.00
Total raised incl. Gift Aid:
£2,115.00
Total donors:
84
Last donor:
Richard Blamire-Brown
29.12.14  
Offline fundraising:
£50.00