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Simon Harris

Running the London Marathon 2019

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I am running the London marathon this year for Jesuit Missions. It is a charity close to my heart, having worked in a Jesuit school for the past 3 years. Jesuit Missions helps marginalised people in countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. In the past few years, marathon funds have helped refugees caught up in the fighting in the Middle East, including providing medical assistance in Syria and counselling for families in South Sudan.”[/p][p]This year money raised, is 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.[/p][p]Furthermore, on a personal level, running the marathon has been a life long ambition of mine. And so not only do I get to run the marathon and raise money for a great cause, but on a personal level I get to run the marathon 2 weeks after my 30th birthday.[/p][p]Thank you for taking the time to read my story and for all that you are able to give.[/p]

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04-Jan-2019

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