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Ro Kallicharan

Ro's Twenty 20

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I was meant to be running 20 marathons in 2020. This is not possible due to the Coronavirus but [b]I plan to run 21 marathons in 2021 to support four brilliant charities[/b]. [url=https://run-with-perseverance.co.uk/paying-it-forward-21in2021/]My website tells you a little more[/url]![/p][p]The charities I am supporting need your help now, more than ever, if they are to continue their life changing and life saving work. I have been taking on various running challenges, responsibly and socially distanced, during lockdown. The latest and biggest of these was on Sunday 14 June when I took on the virtual edition of the world's most famous ultramarathon and [url=https://www.comrades.com/index.php/comrades-news/143-run-the-ultimate-virtual-race]Raced the Comrades Legends[/url] over a distance of 90 kilometres.[/p][p]Comrades is one of the world's oldest and most famous races and the opportunity to take part in this unique virtual event was also a great way to earn your donations. I have run further but doing it solo and not in race conditions was a unique challenge and the toughest I have taken on yet as a runner. [/p][p]I will post a link to my race review when posted but below is a [url=https://www.relive.cc/view/vdOR7gNM2K6]quick recap of the day courtesy of the Relive App[/url], and a look at my 10 hours 26 minutes of running through London! (click on the image below or the link above for the interactive video)[/p][p][url=https://www.relive.cc/view/vdOR7gNM2K6][img]https://run-with-perseverance.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Screenshot-2020-06-19-at-11.09.37.png[/img][/url][/p][p][b][u]Why this matters to me?[/u][/b][/p][p]In 2006, I attempted to take my life for a third and final time, I couldn't envisage a life beyond the darkness that had encaged me over a period of 15 years living in the chaos of undiagnosed mental illness.[/p][p]Fourteen years later, I am blessed by the life I have, free from those chains and now able to speak openly about my life instead of hiding alone in silence. [/p][p]I, some time ago, made a promise to commit my life to helping others avoid what I lived through – to give them a voice, to give hope and dignity.[/p][p]Mental illness and homelessness defined a long and difficult period of my life[/p][p]Football gave me an unbelievable sense of belonging as I begun my steps of recovery[/p][p]Running has given me a sensational platform to maintain my mental health and by which to raise money to support others[/p][p]This year, therefore, I am running 20 endurance events (17 marathons and 3 ultramarathons) to support four charities who are changing the lives of young people through mental health campaigns, football and running.[/p][p][url=https://www.mind.org.uk/][b]Mind, the mental health charity[/b][/url][/p][p]The charity that gave me hope and dignity after that final suicide attempt and the one for which I am so proud to have been an ambassador, fundraiser and campaigner for many years[/p][p][url=https://www.headstogether.org.uk/][b]Heads Together[/b][/url][/p][p]The mental health initiative spearheaded by the Royal Foundation, a driving force behind the 2017 'Mental Health Marathon' and the HeadsUp campaign with the Football Association. I'm so privileged to have been involved in their work to tackle stigma and change conversations by providing innovative new mental health services - you'll find a familiar face about 27 minutes into the film below![/p][vmgvideo class="ql-video" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WIjjdDegk9A?showinfo=0&rel=0&iv_load_policy=3"][/vmgvideo][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][url=https://www.footballbeyondborders.org/][b]Football Beyond Borders[/b][/url][/p][p]Football was a massive part of my recovery from mental illness. FBB supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who are passionate about football but disengaged at school in order to help them finish school with the skills and grades to make a successful transition into adulthood. They do this by providing long-term, intensive support, built around relationships and young people’s passions, in the classroom and beyond.[/p][p][url=https://www.therunningcharity.org/][b]The Running Charity[/b][/url][/p][p]Homelessness and mental illness often go hand in hand and I experienced homelessness, something which frightened me much more than the illness itself. The Running Charity believe that running builds resilience, confidence and self-esteem and use this to improve the lives of 16-25 year-olds who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.[/p][p]I thank you in advance for all of your support and from the bottom of my heart for your generosity to this point. We really can change the world for future generations.[/p]
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Jun 15, 2020

Anonymous

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jun 15, 2020

Helen Humphrey

Good luck Ro!!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jun 15, 2020

Anonymous

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jun 15, 2020

Anonymous

Amazing work!!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jun 14, 2020

Helen Macdonald

Amazing job again Ro!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 13, 2020

Tony Kohli

All the best, Mate. YNWA

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jun 13, 2020

Damian

Super proud of you sir! Thanks for all you do x

£56.00

Jun 13, 2020

Anonymous

Rather you than me over that distance!!!! We're cheering for you.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Jun 12, 2020

Anonymous

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 12, 2020

Anonymous