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Runners’ efforts keep hundreds of girls in school

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Members of the Camfed team joined the British 10K London Run on Sunday, 6 July to raise money for shoes, which will help in setting 2,000 girls on the path to success.

by Vicky Anning

LONDON, England, 15 July 2008 - A team of 16 runners braved wind and rain to take part in the British 10K London Run on Sunday, 6 July for Camfed. So far the intrepid team has raised more than £11,000 for girls in Africa, which is enough to buy 1,466 pairs of school shoes.

A pair of sturdy school shoes costs just £7.50, but this is beyond the reach of many families in the rural areas of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana and Tanzania where Camfed works. This can effectively deny girls the chance of an education – because shoes are a requirement for children to go to school.

Members of the Camfed team included a former member of the England women’s rugby team, two sisters who have trained with Olympic athletes in Sudan – and Camfed’s Director of Operations and Resources, Luxon Shumba, who has raised more than £800.

Star fundraiser Nancy Robinson from Kingston-upon-Thames in Surrey participated in the London 10K in support of Camfed for the third year in a row. This year alone, she raised more than £4,000 for desperately needed school shoes.

Twenty-year-old Helen Rollins and her 16-year-old sister Vanessa have seen first-hand the need to support girls through school in Africa, as their father works in Sudan. The elite athletes have trained with the Olympic team in Sudan, and completed the run in under 40 minutes, in spite of terrible weather conditions.

“We have done a lot of charity work over the years,” said Helen, whose efforts have raised £260 so far for Camfed. “We want to be able to contribute something and give something back.”

With one final push from our Camfed team, we hope to raise £15,000, which will pay for 2,000 pairs of shoes – setting 2,000 girls on the path to success.

“It’s hard to believe that something so simple can have such a profound effect,” said 20-year-old student Sarah Fearns, who ran in support of Camfed. “It really is a fantastic incentive to keep going when you know that every effort made in training could increase your sponsorship total.”


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