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Steven Ericson

Steven Ericson

2021 London Marathon

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Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][b]Why I'm running[/b][/p][p]I am excited and honored to be a charity runner for [url=https://www.thechangefoundation.org.uk/]The Change Foundation[/url] in the 2021 London Marathon.[/p][p]It has been a few days since I received the e-mail offering me the opportunity, and I am still blown away. There are SO many people who played a part in me receiving this opportunity, and I am thankful to each one of them. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would run a marathon, much less the London Marathon on behalf of a charity that I had not heard about until two years ago.[/p][p]I learned about The Change Foundation (TCF) in January 2019 because my wife Katie & I attended an event at the Saitama Prefectural School for the Blind, where Alex and Dan from TCF introduced visually impaired rugby to a group of Japanese athletes. With the use of vision simulators, I also got to play this incredible sport. The opportunity to play VI rugby and listen to the Japanese athletes talk about how it made them feel got me hooked on TCF's mission to change the lives of marginalized people through sport.[/p][p]My desire to support the foundation's mission reached a new level when I learned about the opportunity to be a charity runner in the London Marathon. I learned about the charity runner opportunity when TCF brought the England VI rugby team to Japan to play a pair of exhibition matches against the new Japanese VI rugby team during the 2019 Rugby World Cup.[/p][p]To me, there is nothing more fulfilling than bringing together two great passions to make a difference in the world. I am honored to run on TCF's behalf, fundraise for the foundation, and raise awareness of the amazing work they do.[/p][p][b]How The Change Foundation makes the world a better place[/b][/p][p]The Change Foundation is an award-winning U.K. charity that uses sport to change the lives of marginalized young people. It delivers targeted long-term interventions for the most vulnerable young people in our communities through coach mentors with lived experience, providing regular sport, personalized mentoring, and work-related opportunities.[/p][p]The Change Foundation was founded in 1981 following the [url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/50035769]Brixton Riots[/url] in south London, using cricket as a tool to promote community cohesion and peace during the conflict in the heart of the local community. For 40 years it has pioneered the use of sport for social change programs, helping children and young people across 40 countries around the world, which are designed and led by young people.[/p][p]Guided by young people, The Change Foundation delivers sports programs that focus on these social issues affecting young people today, knife crime, social media addiction, disability inclusion, youth unemployment and mental health. We exist to help young people find solutions to deal with these social issues through the power of sport.[/p][p]TCF has been changing young lives since 1981[/p]
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Supporters


May 5, 2021

Ayako Matsui

Steven-san. You have inspired me. I have learned that we can be trimtab to make the world better. Ganbatte Kudasai.

£50.00


Apr 13, 2021

Katie

I’m so proud of you for taking on this challenge, & I can’t wait to cheer you on in London!

£75.00

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