I have been running half-marathons since 2014 as part of my personal effort to live a healthier and fitter life - I was obese throughout my teenage years and sometimes, moving around is physically challenging. That was in the past. To date, as of April 2018, I have clocked in 23 half-marathons in total alongside 2 full marathons under my belt. However this year, I would like to try something different. Rather than running for a Personal Best timing or for the sake of collecting finisher medal, I would like to run a half-marathon in support of a charitable cause. This would be my first-time doing a fund-raising for a half-marathon event as well as my first time running in Laos.
On October 21st 2018, I will be taking part in the the 6th annual Run for Children: Luang Prabang Half Marathon - which is hosted by the Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC) as part of their biggest local fundraiser.
LFHC is the only free hospital and the only children’s hospital in northern Laos, serving as a lifeline by providing free medical care for thousands of children - on average, the hospital provides medical treatment to over 15,000 children per year. Within SoutEast Asia, Laos has the highest under-5 mortality rate, with one out of 15 children not reaching their fifth birthday. Thus to ensure that the hospital are able to keep delivering high-quality and compassionate healthcare to the children of Laos, a small donation (even as little as a dollar) will make a huge difference . Any amount you can spare will be most gratefully received!
My goals goes beyond than just completing the half-marathon, it is to be able raise a substantial amount for this great cause so that every child can live a healthy and happy life.
All donations and funds raised from the race will go directly to supporting patient care.