On your marks, get set… to fight poverty

We are looking for six people to do something extraordinary this summer. MRDF has places in the popular British 10k run on Sunday 8 July and we need volunteers to take part and raise money for our life-changing work.

The British 10k run, the UK’s most sought-after 10km race, has historical landmarks such as Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge along its route. But, it’s much more than a fun run – it’s a great way to raise money, through sponsorship, for MRDF’s work with some of the world’s poorest communities.

Last year, MRDF’s 10k runners raised over £3,600 for our projects. Ruth Pickles, who was part of the team and is currently Vice-President of Methodist Conference, said: ‘I’d never done anything like it before but it was good that I committed to it. It was a real challenge to me as it was right out of my comfort zone. I found it really encouraging to be among so many people raising money for all these different charities and it was such a good atmosphere.’

Christopher Collins, who also took part, said: ‘It was hard, but what kept me going was the thought that my hardship was nothing compared to what the people MRDF supports go through day-in, day-out. It was quite humbling – a one-off for me, but people go through worse every day.’

Audrey Skervin, MRDF’s Media and Supporter Relations Manager, said: ‘The money that Ruth, Christopher and our four other amazing volunteers raised is making a huge difference on the ground. For example, in Mali, where 19% of children die before their fifth birthday, donations to MRDF enable our partners to run health workshops on tackling malnutrition and provide training on new agricultural techniques to help people increase their crop yields and income.’

Can we count on you to run the British 10k for MRDF? You will get the chance to make a difference in communities such as those in Mali, while having fun in the heart of central London.

If you would like to run the British 10k on behalf of MRDF, contact us on 020 7467 5132 or at mrdf@methodistchurch.org.uk

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