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Marathon run in France raises funds to support charity work in Kenya

Helen Greaves, Student Experience Coordinator in BMEC, ran the Paris marathon in April to raise money for UK charity Team Kenya.

In 2017, staff and students from BMEc visited projects and schools supported by Team Kenya.

The group also climbed Mount Kenya (ascending to Point Lenana at 4,985m) to raise money for the charity.

A member of staff in the School of Business, Management and Economics (BMEc) is supporting charity work to reduce poverty in Kenya – by running a marathon in France.

Helen Greaves, the Student Experience Coordinator in BMEc, is raising funds for Team Kenya, a UK charity that invests in girls’ education, empowers women and transforms rural communities in the west of the country.

Her efforts in this month’s Paris marathon were inspired by a trip last summer to Kenya, where Helen and six other staff and students from BMEc visited projects and schools supported by the charity.

The group also climbed Mount Kenya (ascending to Point Lenana at 4,985m) to raise money for the charity.

Apparently undaunted by the physical demands of this gruelling four-day expedition, and after a lot of encouragement from her BMEc colleagues, Helen decided to take on another challenge to raise more funds for the charity. She says: “I watch the Brighton Marathon every year and am always in awe of the people who do it. I thought maybe I should stop watching everyone else and have a go at a marathon myself!”

This meant months of early mornings pounding the treadmill at the Falmer Sports Complex on campus because it was too cold to run outside. Helen’s training also included Sundays spent running through the fog, hail, rain, gales and snow of Brighton.

So it came as a shock on 8 April to stand on the start line on the Champs Élysées under a clear blue sky, at the start of what was clearly going to be a scorcher of a day.

Despite the heat, Helen was determined to get round - even though she was resigned to going a lot slower than she might have wanted to. And she achieved her aim with a finish time of 5 hours 40 minutes.

While she was running, Helen wore a bangle she’d bought from one of the Kenyan women she met whose life had been transformed by Team Kenya. “This inspired me to keep going when it got really tough towards the end,” she says.

So far Helen’s marathon effort has raised nearly £1,100 for Team Kenya. You can help her to reach her fundraising target with an online donation. Helen says: “I’m almost there, but I could just do with a final push!”

Students in BMEc continue to support the charity through the Sussex Team Kenya Society, which was set up by one of the students who went on the trip in summer 2017.

 

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Posted on behalf of: School of Business, Management and Economics
Last updated: Tuesday, 17 April 2018

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