8 Jun

Sierra Leone Calling Midlands Runners

runners in the early morning dark at the start of Sierre Leone Marathon

Runners in the Midlands are invited to a special evening In Birmingham to find out more about the Sierra Leone Marathon. As the dramatic West African country recovers from the Ebola crisis, the charity Street Child is hoping to take a team of Midlands runners to Sierra Leone for the marathon on 24 October in Makheni.

Event organisers and Street Child believe that Sierra Leone Marathon will help put a positive vibe back in this country and show that it’s open for business again – something the community really needs. People joining up to run the marathon, half marathon or 5k, will get to meet the communities affected by Ebola and see the difference their fundraising makes.

Street Child is arranging a trip to Sierra Leone which includes taking part in the event, visits to local communities - crossing rivers on rafts and travelling by jeep may be required, and time to relax on stunning beaches.

Jane Bewick Green at Street Child told runABC Scotland: "It’s not often a fundraiser gets to physically see where their money goes. We know it makes a difference. You’ll never run a marathon like this anywhere else.

"Runners interested in finding out more about Street Child, their work in Sierra Leone in helping up to 30,000 children left orphaned and forgotten about because of Ebola, are invited to an information evening on 24 June at Vertu Bar, 25 Frederick Street, Birmingham. You will meet people recently returned from Sierra Leone and you can ask them about their trip."

More details of Sierra Leone Marathon at the event website. To register an interest in the Vertu evening (24 June 6-8pm) contact jane@street-child.co.uk.