BENEFITING: HILLSIDE HEALTH CARE INTERNATIONAL
EVENT DATE: Apr 12, 2015
In the summer of 2013 I volunteered with Hillside, a clinic in Belize, a non-profit organisation that gives health care to the locals. The clinic, the staff and the locals all warmed my heart.
The team-work that made Hillside so effective was impressive; selfless people giving up their time without pay (or very minimal that barely covered living costs) to help the less fortunate. The lengths team members would go to to make sure the locals got the medical care they needed (travelling 10 hours on a bus, to Belize city, to speak to the doctors on behalf of the patient). Incorporating the local craftsman to make wooden crutches, wheelchairs and standing frames, and to think its all non-profit! Even the locals themselves; their health care is so minimal compared to our usual standards, and yet their gratitude far out weighs ours! Learning Ketchi and Mopan phrases, to communicate with the locals whose culture is so diverse, was fun!!
I would love to be able to return every year, but that would make keeping a job in the UK very difficult! I'm sure one day I will return, in the mean time I will try to help by raising money. Please sponsor me and contribute to the health care of the wonderfully diverse locals of Belize, who without Hillside would have no health care what so ever.
6th April 2014 - Dirty dozen A 12k mudstacle, including mud, rivers, crawling under barbed wire, carrying tyres and logs, ducking under boards submerged in ice cold water, scaling 8ft high walls and of course the running! A challenge but enjoyable. 2hrs 20mins
8th June 2014 - Seaford 1/2 Marathon A blistering hot day, very hilly but on the coast so spectacular views, not ideal having moved house the day before! 3hrs
11th October 2014 - Spartan beast A 20k mudstacle, brutal!! non-stop mud, you spent more time slipping side ways or backwards than forwards, at times it was waist high! Swimming up to 30ft in freezing water, and more often than not you were given something to carry; tyre, log, jerry can, 30kg stone boulder, buckets of water, batteries... plus the 'running', walls, barbed belly and monkey bars. They don't call it the beast for nothing!! 4hrs 10mins.
12th April 2015 - Brighton marathon - The main event! I'm hoping for a time of 4hrs 30mins, I'd be thrilled with 4hrs. I'm likely to do another (shorter) mudstacle and 1/2 marathon before, to keep up with my training, I will keep you updated.
Thank-you for taking the time to read & for all donations.