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Steve Penson

Running the London Marathon for MapAction

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My story

[p][b]UPDATE:[/b] Marathon complete! Thanks so much for your support so far. In a balmy 26oC, I managed to complete the marathon in 4 hours (and somehow managed to run an extra km along the way). There is still time to donate. All support is greatly appreciated.[/p][p]Check out the stats on [url=https://www.strava.com/activities/1525423315]Strava[/url].[/p][p][br][/p][p]So this is happening… I’m swapping mapathons for marathons![/p][p]On Sunday 22nd April, I will be taking part in my first ever marathon in support of [url=https://mapaction.org/]MapAction[/url].[/p][p]The humanitarian mapping community continues to have a positive impact globally. Over the past year I have heard many inspiring stories and have seen the many positive impacts the community has in response to humanitarian crisis. As a geographer and dedicated humanitarian mapper, this is a cause that I truly believe in.[/p][p]Check out the videos below by Medecins Sans Frontiers and MapAction to see how mapping really makes a difference.[/p][p][b]MSF - Maps Save Lives[/b][/p][vmgvideo class="ql-video" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XxW_e9o0lA8?showinfo=0&rel=0&iv_load_policy=3"][/vmgvideo][p][b]Prince Harry shines a light on the vital work of MapAction volunteers[/b][/p][vmgvideo class="ql-video" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q9N1-SDDNRE?showinfo=0&rel=0&iv_load_policy=3"][/vmgvideo][p]#techforgood #mapthedifference[/p][p][img][/img][/p][p][b]Why MapAction?[/b][/p][p]For those of you who know me, or are familiar with [url=https://twitter.com/SteveP2000]Twitter[/url], you may have heard me mention the humanitarian mapping community a few times (in particular the [url=http://www.missingmaps.org/]Missing Maps Project[/url] and the [url=https://www.hotosm.org/]Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team[/url])! [/p][p]The Missing Maps Project and HOT are amazing communities which bring together global groups of volunteers to crowdsource mapping data for the world’s most vulnerable people. Through volunteers donating their time, Missing Maps and HOT are helping to map areas which have never been mapped before. [/p][p]However, to make the best use of the data available, it is vital that experts are available to create the maps required to help the people in need. This is where MapAction plays a significant role.[/p][p][b]Information is vital.[/b][/p][p]Humanitarian emergencies often strike without warning, destroying lives and livelihoods within a matter of seconds. In the immediate aftermath, the challenge for those responding is to know where to start.[/p][p]Which area has been worst affected? Where are the most vulnerable people? What has happened to roads, railways and communication networks? Where are medical supplies and where are they needed most?[/p][p]Since its inception in 2002, MapAction has become an indispensable part of the global response to humanitarian crises. The volunteer-driven MapAction provides rapid, on-the-ground mapping and precise situational data to humanitarian aid agencies in response to a humanitarian disaster, or during a humanitarian crisis. This critical and timely insight enables international aid organisations to react promptly and operate more effectively to help save lives and minimise suffering.[/p][p][b]You can help us get more aid to more people.[/b][/p][p]You are the key to MapAction’s success. MapAction doesn’t receive funding from large public appeals, so are reliant on the generosity of supporters. Your donation means the team can continue to be responsive, agile and ready for action at any time.[/p][p]MapAction’s approach has a powerful multiplier effect. Every pound you donate will influence the allocation of many thousands, if not millions, of pounds of humanitarian aid. And that means many more lives potentially saved.[/p][p]For every pound donated to MapAction in 2015, 88p went towards delivering our humanitarian operations, 11p on generating income to support future operations, and less than 1p on governance.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Thank you for your donation... it really does help to make a difference.[/p][p]Steve[/p]
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Oct 1, 2018


£97.80 plus £24.45 Gift Aid

May 20, 2018

Megumi :o)

Great to hear about your challenge, on the hottest recorded day of the London Marathon ever! Hopefully the web donation procedure problem has been sorted. . . (this is my 5th attempt, and received a reply from the operation).


May 15, 2018

Rachel F

Congratulations. Great time!!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2018


Well done Steve - sorry I didn't get to donate sooner

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2018


Bravo Steve!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 24, 2018


Woohoo go Steve! Well done.

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Apr 24, 2018


Steve, well done! what a wonderful cause! and I love maps too!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 23, 2018

Bron Jones

Go you good thing!

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Apr 22, 2018



Apr 22, 2018

Lorna and James xxx

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid