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Claire Carter

I'm running the Royal Parks half marathon

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My story

[p]Just over a year ago I was able to fulfill a lifelong dream and visit east Africa. One of the reasons I wanted to do this was to visit [url=https://malaika-kids.org/uk/]Malaika Kids in Tanzania[/url], a charity I had volunteered with since moving to London but had never seen in action - and crucially had never seen the children I so often wrote about and heard updates involving their friends, achievements at school and their dreams for the future.[/p][p][url=https://www.facebook.com/MalaikaKidsUK/][b]Malaika Kids[/b][/url] rescues orphans and the most vulnerable children from the streets of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and gives them a stable, cared for upbringing.[/p][p]For some children in Tanzania, a lonely life on the streets is all that awaits. Their parents may have died from HIV/AIDS or other diseases, or these children may have found themselves homeless in large families where there are simply too many mouths to feed, their parents are ill or there is no understanding of disability or mental health problems. Where possible Malaika Kids tries to find [url=https://malaika-kids.org/uk/relatives-support-programme/]extended family members and supports them[/url] to look after these children. However, sadly, this is not always achievable. So, Malaika Kids also has its own [url=https://malaika-kids.org/uk/malaika-childrens-village/]children's village[/url], where kids live in houses of 10, each managed by a 'Mama' and mirroring a family unit. [/p][p]When I visited the [url=https://malaika-kids.org/uk/reception-home/]reception home[/url], where kids found on the streets are first taken by social welfare, and the children's village I was struck by just how [b]happy[/b] the children were. Games of Guess Who, football and even just some balloons elicited the brightest of [b]smiles[/b] and [b]giggles[/b]. Kids also really looked after and out for each other, whatever their age - a game of football could become competitive but as soon as an eager little striker fell, a teenager was on hand to help, regardless if he conceded a goal in the process. [/p][p]The children's village also has its own nursery class, helping kids learn the basics of English. This is vital in Tanzania as every child must be able to understand English to go to secondary school where every lesson is taught in English. Malaika Kids has launched the nursery to give them the best possible start. I had amazing fun with the nursery kids as they played hopscotch, showed me the playground and sang and danced. [/p][vmgvideo class="ql-video" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MIdKD-RNs1A?showinfo=0&rel=0&iv_load_policy=3"][/vmgvideo][p][br][/p][p]As a trustee of Malaika Kids, I have decided this year it is about time I did something to help. I am not a natural runner. At the start of 2018 I couldn't run five minutes without being horrendously out of breath. I've now run my first 10K and am hoping that by training for the next couple of months I will be able to run the Royal Parks half marathon. It's going to be a challenge. I've managed to rope in my [url=https://www.facebook.com/jonathon.carter.560]younger brother[/url], who will probably leave me trailing in his wake, but we are both committed to reaching the finish line and creating more of these smiles. [/p][vmgvideo class="ql-video" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dTolfow9eyA?showinfo=0&rel=0&iv_load_policy=3"][/vmgvideo][p][br][/p][p]If you can sponsor me, I'd be really grateful. [/p][p]You can read more about Malaika Kids [url=https://www.facebook.com/MalaikaKidsUK/]here[/url] and see updates of my running by following my [url=https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100029322663536]Malaika Kids facebook page [/url][/p][p][img]https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=197284174592337&set=a.197284521258969&type=3&theater[/img][/p][p]Malaika Kids is run almost entirely by volunteers. The charity has grown because of a large number of committed people in the UK, the Netherlands, the USA and Africa who are determined to make a permanent change to the lives of orphaned children in Tanzania.[/p][p] [/p][p][br][/p]
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Oct 15, 2019


This should pop you over the £1000 with gift aid! Hooray! And thank you for saving me from running myself!

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid

Oct 14, 2019


Well done Claire!!! What a great thing to do and I'm so pleased it all went well yesterday, Julia xx

Oct 12, 2019


You will smash it! Good luck lovely. Xx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 10, 2019

Elisabeth and Graham

Good luck to you and Jon. Hope the weather is kind: at least it shouldn’t be too hot!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Oct 8, 2019

Rob Heap

Congratulations Claire; your talents for helping Malaika Kids know no bounds!

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Oct 6, 2019

Dave E

Oct 6, 2019

Garcia and Alan

Run run as fast as you can, they can't catch Claire and Jonathan! Best of luck.xx

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 3, 2019

Claire - Work samosa sale part two

Samosa sale proceeds :)


Oct 2, 2019


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 30, 2019


Good Luck Claire!