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Samantha Aidoo

Sam Aidoo is running the London Marathon!

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My story

[p]Dear friends,[/p][p][b][span=text-decoration: underline;]About me[/span][/b][/p][p]My name is Sam and I am running my [span=text-decoration: underline;]first ever marathon[/span][span=font-style: italic;] [/span](dun dun duuuuun). And what a great place to start, London, my hometown and the greatest city on earth![/p][p]I will be running for the amazing charity Jesuit Missions. I have worked for JM for 2 years now, coordinating a programme called Education for Justice - this programme give schools, teachers and educators the tools and opportunities to address global and social injustices at home and abroad. [/p][p]I have also attended the marathon for the last two years, standing on the sidelines, cheering on our runners. I was deeply, deeply moved and inspired seeing people from all walks of life, creeds, colours, backgrounds and ages running together in a similar rhythm of struggle and determination. [/p][p]I'm still not sure I'll be able to do it, but with the support of you, my friends, I think I'll have a strong foundation. [/p][p][b][span=text-decoration: underline;]About JM[/span][/b][/p][p]Jesuit Missions is the international development and mission office of the Jesuits in Britain. We work throughout Africa, South America and Asia providing education, healthcare, responding to emergencies and work with Jesuits throughout the world with advocacy and the support of refugees.[/p][p][b][span=text-decoration: underline;]Where your money will go[/span][/b][/p][p][b][span=font-family: monospace; font-size: 12.675px;]The focus of this year's effort will go towards the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) operating in Maban South Sudan. JRS is working to fund and operate educational and psychosocial support services for both the refugee community there as well as the local 'host' community', which has also been devastated by years of violence and war.[/span][/b][/p][lt]h1[gt][b][b]Update 1 (Jan 2017)[/b][/b][lt]/h1[gt][p]Happy New years peeps! I am about to kick off a regular routine of running now. Up until now I've been running once a week/every two weeks (terrible I know) in supplement to training capoeira 3 times a week. [/p][p]I think it helps to have a base level of fitness in capoeira, but running is really tough! It hurts, it's boring and all I can think about is the pain and that warm cup of coffee at the end of it all...[/p][p]I'm very lucky to have a running partner in the form of my good friend Verena, or the [i]German-tankette[/i] as I like to call her. She's really been helping by setting pace, monitoring distance and increasing goals per week. [/p][p]So at the moment I am running around 20+km per week. About 10k per session. Next week I am hoping to up the ante with a base run of 10k early week, some HIIT training mid week and a long run on a Sunday. [/p][p]Thank you so much to all who have donated already, and to those who are taking the time even just to check or read this page. More updates coming soon.[/p][p]Peace and thanks, [/p][p]Sam ..[/p][p][/p][lt]h1[gt]Update 2 (Jan 2017)[lt]/h1[gt][p]Hello again all![/p][p]Another quick update on how the training is going. I was doing quite well and pushing it quite hard about 3 weeks ago, which resulted in a weird clicky feeling in my knee! This stopped me from running for a week, but thank God I managed to run this week and am hoping to get stronger and run longer in the coming weeks. [/p][p]Here at JM we have just confirmed where your fundraising efforts will go so please take a look above in the 'where will your money go?' section. [/p][p]Having worked with the JRS (Jesuit Refugee Service) and kept abreast of their campaigns (especially in the current migrant crises Europe is facing) I can tell you first hand that they are doing sound work. [/p][p]Working in the development sector has really shown me that governments fail. A lot. This is why civil society is so necessary and important. [/p][p]South Sudan is the world's newest country, and yet faces spiralling humanitarian crisis. The work of the JRS will target educational and psychosocial work in the north of the country (Maban). [/p][p]Here's a [url=http://www.jrsea.org/campaigns_focus?TN=PROMO-20101108053734]video[/url] on the project in Sudan for more information.[/p][p][/p][lt]h1[gt]Update 3 (Feb 2017)[lt]/h1[gt][p]Hi all! I've had a few setbacks in the last few weeks because of a knee...mishap. I don't want to say injury because it's probably not that bad, but it has prevented me from doing the distances I want![/p][p]After some fantastic treatment from Pure Dynamic Osteopathy in north London (highly recommended), I was able to run today. For the first time, it felt good. I almost felt powerful! I can see where the rush and addiction of running can come from. [/p][p]I read a very interesting article in today's Guardian ([url=https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/feb/12/famine-looms-four-countries-aid-system-struggles-yemen-south-sudan-nigeria-somalia]here[/url]). It talks about how there are 4 major famine crises' happening in the world today. It also mentions how current humanitarian responses are inadequate. [/p][p]The article mentions South Sudan (the cause i'll be running for). You may be wondering where your money will go, or fear that you're seeing the same story, donating to the same causes all this time. [/p][p]This is true. Because they are the same causes, and they are the same stories. What's interesting is that current humanitarian responses are not taking into account that these crises' are ongoing. They span many years and don't show any signs of stopping. [/p][p]South Sudan is the world's youngest country, but has not become immune to civil war, famine, guerilla warfare and possibly even genocide. We need to prepare to invest for the long haul. [/p][p]For that reason, I (through Jesuit Missions) am running for education projects in South Sudan, which aim to build the capacity of teachers and lay strong foundations for role models for years to come. More information can be found [url=http://www.jrsea.org/campaigns_focus?TN=PROMO-20101108053734]here[/url]. [/p][lt]h1[gt]Update 4 (March 2017)[lt]/h1[gt][p]7 weeks to go and a half marathon under my belt! Verena and I crossed the finish line together in 2 hours 14 minutes. This is the longest distance I've run so far, and even though I couldn't walk after it and my knee seems to have reverted to pain-central, I feel really pumped and powerful![/p][p]This is going to be hard. But continuing to keep in mind the cause I am running for and the people who are supporting me is sustaining me. [/p][p]To remind you, I am running for the charity I work for - Jesuit Missions. We are supporting education projects run by one of our partners, The Jesuit Refugee Service, in Maban, South Sudan. [/p][p]Why South Sudan? Well, the Jesuits have been there for a number of years. Despite the eruption of violence in 2013 they have remained there offering local services and aid. In lieu of a well-functioning local government and accessible basic services, NGOs and aid agencies (as is often the case) have become a life line.[/p][p]The money you donate will help refugees along with the host community in Maban. We will provide quality education for children and adults and work with the community to offer counselling, training and capacity building and recreation and life skills for young people. [/p][p]Please click [url=http://en.jrs.net/campaign_detail?PTN=1&TN=project-20150727092010]here[/url] to find out more about the situation in Maban. [/p][p]Thank you. [/p][lt]h1[gt]Update 5 (March 2017)[lt]/h1[gt][p]4 weeks to go. about 20 miles under my belt (with lots of stops, gels and cursing).[/p][p]i enjoyed a lovely scene along the river lea yesterday, which took me from my house in the east end to northumberland park in the north. i started quite early, and was pleased to encounter only a few other humans and lots of pretty wildlife.[/p][p]next week should be my final long run (around 22 miles) and then i'll be winding it down in prep for the marathon. [/p][p]not gonna lie, at the moment the task is looking a little too big to conquer. training is fundamental but i'm counting on a great atmosphere and help from my friends to help me complete this in one piece. [/p][p]thanks guys x[/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

23 Apr 2017


Apr 26, 2017


Well done Samwise!!


Apr 25, 2017


Well done Sam, sorry I didn't sponsor sooner, just got busy with new life adjusting with our new arrival! So happy for you, you are beautiful human being. Hope to see you soon. Love Amy xxx

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 24, 2017

Laura Childs-Young

Well done you!

Apr 24, 2017


Well done Sam!!!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 22, 2017


Go for it Sam! from the Snyder family

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Apr 21, 2017


Go Sam!!!!!!


Apr 21, 2017

Doidao de Angola

Good luck Butch!!!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 21, 2017


Well done Sam, good luck and I look forward to seeing you Sunday x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 20, 2017

Ruth and Chris

Good luck Sam, you'll smash it!


Apr 13, 2017

Pat J

Good luck!