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John Dawson

London Marathon

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]This is my second attempt at running the London Marathon, having broken my toe last year, only four weeks before the big day.[/p][p]I am running the London Marathon in 2019 in memory of Fr Victor-Luke Odhiambo SJ, a 62-year-old Jesuit priest who was tragically murdered in South Sudan in November 2018.[/p][p]Fr Victor-Luke was a Jesuit priest who chose to work in one of the most dangerous and difficult places on earth. He was deeply committed to the people of South Sudan where he had been working for the last ten years. Fr Victor-Luke lived in Cuiebet where he worked at the local teacher training centre, where he also had big plans to build a new college. Sadly, he was killed by assailants who broke into his accommodation during the night.[/p][p]South Sudan has been struggling through a civil war since 2013 displacing hundreds of thousands of people and killing around 400, 000. It has the highest proportion of out of school children in the world. The UN claims that up to 2.4 million children in South Sudan are not receiving an education. Fr Victor-Luke wanted to change this. Jesuit Missions wants to continue his legacy by supporting the teacher training centre where he worked and to continue his plans to educate and inspire as many South Sudanese children to go to school as possible.[/p][p]Jesuit Missions is the international development agency and mission office for the Jesuits in Britain. For over 50 years it has supported vulnerable communities across Africa, Asia and Latin America.[/p][p]The money I raise from running the London Marathon this year will go to support Jesuit Missions life changing work across the world. This year, amongst other things, they are supporting Loyola Secondary school in Wau, South Sudan. Their current priorities are to provide a new school bus, enhancing the safety and protection of the students, the building of new toilets to support the growing school population and an additional water tower to supply more water points to the students. Please click on the link [url=https://youtu.be/5AZgrNDbwOo]https://youtu.be/5AZgrNDbwOo[/url] to see the reality of the situation in South Sudan, and just how important your donation is to furthering Jesuit Missions work there.[/p][p]Thank you for all that you are able to give.[/p][p][br][/p]

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Apr 6, 2019


125 Years Old

£125.00 plus £31.25 Gift Aid

Apr 4, 2019


I hope it goes well!

Mar 19, 2019

Aine G

Good luck!!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Mar 18, 2019


£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Mar 16, 2019

John Ann Dan and Sean OBrien

Good Luck! I'll be helping at water station 16 so will look out for you!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Mar 1, 2019


Good Luck John! Hope the training goes well and it is 'fun' on the day!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Feb 9, 2019

Christine Dubignon

Good luck John!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Feb 8, 2019

Jane Hellings

Hi John - I didn't realise when we met that you were doing this great thing! Good luck with training. I did it last year so I feel your pain.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Feb 4, 2019

John Carrigy

Good Luck John

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid