Yes, those of you who know me well have read this right - I am training to run a marathon!
As many of you may be aware, I have worked for several years on a UK-based project to end FGM, but it isn't enough; our work is intrinsically linked to the international effort to end this unnecessary and harmful violation of the rights of young girls. What you might not know is that once you get involved in this amazing global movement, you (female or male, old or young, any race, any person) are part of it. And if you doubt me on that, please take a moment to realise that this project is making me (yes me....) run 26.2 miles all in one go, no stops for ice-cream half way round!
I've never run this far before, and I won't again, but I would be very grateful for any donations and sponsorships that you can afford on this occasion.
I'll be running the Brighton marathon on Sunday 9th April 2017, and I'll be updating you with my progress.
I am blogging about my training at www.joggingforgenitals.wordpress.com - read here for all the trials, tribulations and musings as I hopefully make progress.
The Divinity Foundation run a refuge for young girls in Kenya, where they can be supporting and counselled as well as working with communities to stop FGM. I have contact with the charity and believe in their work - I'm confident they understand their community's needs. The thought and care they put into their different initiatives is admirable, and I am proud to support them.
A total of £1,055.20 has been raised for this fundraising event. £1,055.20 has been raised from 46 website donations. £0.00 has been raised from offline donations. 211.04% of the fundraising target of £500.00 has been reached.
The Divinity Foundation is a private Humanitarian foundation aimed at protecting the rights of and providing support to children who are; abandoned, orphaned or victims of civil war or poverty, through its “Angels” programmes. Our goal is to empower children to be future Ambassadors of Global Peace. We currently work with impoverished mothers and children in providing access to medical care and education. One of our primary areas of focus has been on Awareness and Education regarding Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Why it's done, Its adverse effects on health and why we must STOP FGM. We run an FGM rescue and protection centre in Kenya providing care, counselling, education and refuge to young girls and plan to develop a women's clinic to support FGM victims with fistula repairs, trauma counselling and maternity care. In the UK our plans are now to run education seminars for healthcare practitioners and information for the public at large; as well as an FGM support and drop-in centre.