Jon Devaney


Link Ethiopia
Link Ethiopia is a charity dedicated to supporting education in Ethiopia. We work with some of the poorest communities in Ethiopia to enable disadvantaged children to access quality education, through projects such as building classrooms, libraries, toilets and clean water etc. All our projects are designed in consultation with the community and are carefully managed and monitored by our experienced local team. Projects are carried out with local labour and make use of local materials wherever possible. We are passionate about this cause. We'd love you to get involved.

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There are tons of pages for marathon runners so why donate to this one? The fundamental, number one reason is that Link Ethiopia is an absolutely superb charity making a massive difference to the lives of some of the neediest people in the World. I have seen first hand and can personally guarantee that the charity is incredibly well run by talented boys and girls and that every penny donated goes directly into the country. The projects are managed locally in Ethiopia to ensure that the work has maximum impact. I first went to Ethiopia in 1997 and it was amazing to see the progress made in the schools I visited through projects funded and run by Link Ethiopia between then and my last visit (2008). Education is the most important strand of the work of Link but there are also projects to aid the wider community and to encourage cultural exchanges between this fascinating country and the outside world.

That's my view - here's some official blurb from the horse's mouth!

"Link Ethiopia works with some of the poorest communities in Ethiopia to improve education for children. We believe education is the key to empowering people to lift themselves out of poverty and that partnership is the best way to achieve this.

We work with severely under resourced schools, where classrooms are often temporary shelters constructed from branches, there are no toilets, safe drinking water or text books and children often sit on the floor to learn. Through partnership with school communities, we help transform education for thousands of children by providing vital infrastructure such as classrooms, toilets, libraries, and computer rooms.

Now, in 2011, our work to improve education reaches over 60,000 children in Ethiopia. The money we raise here will enable many more disadvantaged children to escape the cycle of poverty through access to better education." (

That's the charity. How about me? I am definitely not a runner so this is going to be a massive challenge, one that I would only be stupid enough to undertake for such a good cause! Please, please, please sponsor generously - not for me, but for where your money will end up and the difference it will make.

Website's blurb:

"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."

And no, before anyone asks just getting around is enough, I'm not trying to emulate the times or style of Ethiopia's finest, Haile Gebreselassie!

Recent donors

19.06.11 Congratulations from all at the Adidas Team!

08.06.11 Well done :)

03.06.11 A good effort for one so old...

17.05.11 Well done mate. Now all you have to do is come and play volleyball! :-)


14.05.11 Great work john

08.05.11 Hope you are enjoying a well earned rest from respect for finishing! Hope it wasn't too hot

27.04.11 Well done Jon (slightly late donation sorry!).

19.04.11 Good work! I decided you were worthy of a rounded up donation :)

17.04.11 Congratulations, Jon! Great effort.

17.04.11 Nice work Jonny D.

17.04.11 Best of luck!

17.04.11 Good luck jondv!

17.04.11 Good luck Jon, keep up with those Rhinos.

16.04.11 Hey Jon, can't believe you're going tu run a marathon. Hope you'll enjoy it and get a good time. good luck

16.04.11 Good luck mate

15.04.11 Good luck Jon. You're a hero! Be sure to post your time so I've got something to aim for in July :)

15.04.11 Run light, no injuries, be quick, have fun. ************GOOD LUCK***********

15.04.11 Jon - You're a legend. I love you man! Remember: It's just running a mile 26 times, with a little bit left at the end for fun. Also, keep focussing on how good that beer will taste once you've crossed the finishing line! All the best.

15.04.11 Good Luck Jon

15.04.11 Run like the wind .... I'll be there with my pom-poms to cheer you on! x

15.04.11 Good luck Jon - rather you than me!

14.04.11 Good luck on Sunday. I'll be gunning to beat your time in Edinburgh next month.

14.04.11 Well done Jon!

14.04.11 Best of luck, not that you'll need luck!


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