A journey of freedom, a journey of perseverance, a journey of exhilaration. I started training for marathons in the early 2000’s. It was my millennium resolution, my weight loss plan and ultimately a good stress management strategy. Today, it’s my lifestyle, my passion. My life. Soon I began to participate in overseas marathons too – in Hong Kong, Gold Coast, Sydney, Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap and Luang Prabang. The most memorable, and meaningful for me, has got to be the Luang Prabang Half Marathon in 2014. I vowed to run it again. And so this year, I am back. Why is it meaningful for me? My first visit to Luang Prabang was in 2007. It was magical, and I fell in love with it. In 2014 I went back to a much-changed Luang Prabang, and ran the half marathon. I love the fact that it was organised entirely by volunteers, and the fund raising element featured very strongly. In fact, the entry fee was the highest amount I had paid for a race. The money raised went towards building a children’s hospital. The ‘’goodie bag’’ and the ‘’finisher’s medal’’ were modest, and many hotels and establishments chipped in to sponsor, with very little ‘’sponsors’ entitlement’’ that we are so used to in races these days. While running is not everyone’s cup of tea, I truly believe everyone can participate in this worthy cause of building a hospital – something we take for granted in our countries - for a developing country. So, please do support me and donate generously. Let me do the running, and I let you contribute in another way. Thank you for sharing my passion with me.