Dear friends and family,
After several years of weak excuses I am excited to be making my first attempt at running the Marathon, in New York City on 5th November. I am running to raise $3,500 for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). So far training is going well. After 320 miles, I've only seen one specialist doctor, had 6 physio sessions, one MRI scan and 3 ice baths. Any sponsorship you can give will help spur on my creaky legs to the end!
UNICEF does whatever it takes to save and protect the world's most vulnerable children across 190 countries and territories, at home and abroad. They provide life-saving relief including food, shelter, medicine and schooling. Last year they helped treat more than 3.1 million children for severe acute malnutrition. They are already helping children in Florida and Houston following the devastating hurricanes this month. Sadly, the Trump Administration’s FY 2018 budget proposal, for the first time in memory, does not include a U.S. contribution to UNICEF.
Imagine the entire population of London or New York under seige. Imagine having to take your children out of school and fleeing your home for fear of war and famine. This is happening in South Sudan, right now. Three years of conflict, climate shock and a collapsing economy have placed 8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance - over half of them children. 3.4 million people have been forced to flee their homes. And as many as 1.2 million children are out of the classroom, their educations, and futures, in jeopardy. With farmers unable to plant crops amidst the violence, half of all harvests have been lost, and food is growing scarce. An estimated 42 percent of South Sudan's population — nearly 5 million people — are suffering from severe food shortages. That number is projected to increase to 5.5 million this year. Famine was recently declared in part of the country, where 100,000 people are facing imminent starvation. Unless malnutrition treatment is scaled up immediately, thousands of children are likely to die. UNICEF is on the ground, working to help the children of South Sudan. In 2016 alone, UNICEF and partners treated 182,545 children under the age of five for severe acute malnutrition and vaccinated 443,289 children against measles. But there is still a long way to go, and UNICEF can’t do its work without our help.
If you would like to learn more please watch this video or visit their website:
Thank you in advance for your support!