Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Windermere Marathon

I'm leaving behind the flat training runs around Formby, to take part in one of the hilliest road races in the country – the Windermere Marathon on May 17th - and hoping to raise funds for Shyira Trust, for their work in Shyira, Rwanda.

In particular, helping to fund the training of a new midwife, the extension of the maternity hospital, and other safe-motherhood projects. When the new maternity hospital was completed in 2004, there were still no midwives, so Jane set up a scholarship to train a local nurse. The first recipient of this scholarship was Robinah, and she has completed her training and is now working back in Shyira, but she needs the support of more midwives.

Jane has just returned from attending Robinah’s graduation, and spent a week working alongside her in the maternity hospital. The maternity is always full to capacity, so needs an extension. Also, Robinah is working on her own, and is on call 24 hours a day, so the training of the next midwife is also a priority.

Rwanda is known as the ‘land of a thousand hills’, so it seemed appropriate to attempt the Windermere Marathon, with all its hills, as a fund-raising challenge.

If you'd like to help me, please go to my fund-raising page: click here , or use the 'my appeal' widget on the right.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to help to raise funds for these worthwhile causes, or if you would just like to find out more, then please follow the appropriate link above (e.g. Contact me, Sign up or FAQ's). Every penny raised by Shyira Trust goes to the projects it supports, so please be generous, and thank you for your support.

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