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11th December, 2012

Crossing the line: charity runner reaches 2,012km target

Crossing the line charity runner reaches 2,012km target. It's mission accomplished for charity fundraiser Chris Marshall, who has run 2,012 kilometres (1,250 miles) in 2012, helping to fund 12 clean water wells in 12 countries.

Chris (40), from Swansea, is raising funds for UK charity Penny Appeal's Clean Water Campaign. Nearly one billion people don't have access to clean water; the water they do have is often contaminated and makes them sick and unable to work or study – which in turn makes it harder to break free from poverty. 

After running nearly a marathon a week since 1 January, Chris' "Run2012 Challenge" has raised over £6,150, and has helped to fund wells in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Gambia, India, Indonesia, Kashmir, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Sudan.

Chris, who ran his 2,012th kilometre on 2nd December, said: "Crossing that finishing line was a great feeling, but it's even more rewarding to know that communities in 12 different countries will have access to clean water thanks to the generosity and compassion of the people who sponsored me."

Penny Appeal Chairman, Adeem Younis, said: "Everyone at Penny Appeal has been hugely impressed by Chris' determination and commitment to this challenge, and we congratulate him on his success. We really shouldn't underestimate the dedication it takes to run four or five times a week in all weathers, and those early morning runs in the wind and the rain can't have been much fun!

"He has been a real inspiration and I know his dedication has touched many people. And what a result to have provided clean water to 12 communities! He's definitely earned a rest, and he should be proud of his achievements."

Chris completed the 2,012 kilometres over 177 runs, burning approximately 200,000 calories (the equivalent of 600 slices of pizza!) and wearing out two pairs of running shoes in the process. He even completed his first full marathon along the way, but doesn't class himself as a natural runner.

He commented: "This all started when I was looking for something that would challenge me physically. I have never been the fittest or most athletic of people but I started running and was surprised to find myself enjoying it. I decided at the end of 2011 to run 2,012km in 2012, and to do so for Penny Appeal because, worldwide, nearly one in five deaths of children under the age of five is due to dirty water, and I don't think that's acceptable in this day and age.

"Hopefully, the 12 wells supported by my Run2012 challenge will make a real difference to the communities who will benefit from them, and I'm grateful to everyone who has supported me along the way."

The Run2012 Challenge continues until the end of the month. Every penny donated will go to Penny Appeal's Clean Water campaign and will help to change the lives of countless people in some of the world's poorest communities. There are three ways to donate:

1) At www.justgiving.com/run2012k

2) By text, using Vodaphone's JustTextGiving service. Text TWTW55 £5 or TWTW55 £10 to 70070 to donate £5 or £10. Texts are free and 100% of your gift will go to Penny Appeal.

3) By calling Penny Appeal direct at +44 (0)1924 231088 - please don't forget to say that you're donating to the Run2012 Challenge.

22nd November, 2012

Well funded by Run2012 Challenge brings benefits to Nepal

PannyAppeal well in NepalThanks to Chris Marshall's Run2012 Challenge, another community is delighted to receive their own source of clean water. The latest well has been installed at Sunderpur Village in the Sarlahi District, Nepal. It is estimated that more than 70 people will benefit.

Chris is running 2,012 kilometres during 2012 with the aim of funding 12 wells in 12 countries. He has run 1,937km so far this year and aims to complete the challenge in just two weeks' time. This installation is the ninth well which has been paid for by his Run2012 challenge.

The new tube well will provide the people of Sunderpur Village with easy access to safe water. This will in turn improve health, which in turn should help to improve the villagers' economic conditions.

Beforehand, villagers used mainly river water, which carries a high risk of contamination and water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea, typhoid, and intestinal worms.

Tube wells are generally bored to a depth of 35 to 50 metres, depending on the water table and the viability of the water available.

Chris commented, "Seeing these pictures of real people benefitting from my running makes the challenge so worthwhile. Every water project we've been able to fund so far this year will make a real difference to many peoples' lives. I'm incredibly grateful for the support of all those who have sponsored me so far; without their generosity these wells would not have happened."

You can follow Chris's progress on the Run2012 website, www.run2012.org.uk, or follow him on Twitter (@run2012k).

To donate to Run2012 and help Chris to provide access to clean water where it is needed most, please visit www.justgiving.com/run2012k, text TWTW55 £5 or TWTW55 £10 to 70070 to donate £5 or £10, or call Penny Appeal direct at +44 (0)1924 231088 and say that you're donating to the Run2012 Challenge.

9th November, 2012

Penny Appeal provides access to water for another 175 families

Clean Water Project - SudanA Sudanese village now has its own clean water supply, thanks to Penny Appeal.

Nearly 175 families - about 1,000 people in total - in the village of Nukarah Barnu have access to drinking water via a hand pump which has been funded by Penny Appeal supporter Chris Marshall.

Chris is running 2012 kilometres during 2012 with the aim of funding 12 wells in 12 countries. Thanks to Chris's commitment to clocking up the kilometres in all weathers, and the generosity of his sponsors, the "Run2012" challenge has helped to fund water projects in eight countries so far.

Nukarah Barnu is located in the western part of South Kurdofan. The Barnu are a tribe of small-scale manual farmers who originate from Western Africa. Until recently, they had to travel five kilometres to collect drinking water and they are now extremely happy to have their own local supply.

The 175 families and their small animals (mainly goats and sheep) will benefit from the installation. The village sheikh, Omer Mustafa, expressed his gratitude for the pump and commented, "We feel that something which was heavy has been removed from our backs."

Chris has fewer than 200km left to run in order to reach the 2,012km target. He said: "It's such a great feeling to know that Penny Appeal is able to change the lives of so many people just by providing access to clean water.

Running for WaterThe pump in Nukarah Barnu had to be sunk to a depth of 45 metres, which gives you an idea of just how difficult it can be to reach a safe water supply. None of this would have been possible without the generosity of the many people who have sponsored me to pull on a pair of running shoes, and I'm incredibly grateful for their support."

To date, the Run2012 challenge has funded water projects in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Kashmir, Nepal, Pakistan, Sudan, Philippines and Bangladesh.

You can follow Chris's progress on the Run2012 website, www.run2012.org.uk, or follow him on Twitter (@run2012k).

To donate to Run2012 and help Chris to provide access to clean water where it is needed most, please visit www.justgiving.com/run2012k, text TWTW55 £5 or TWTW55 £10 to 70070 to donate £5 or £10, or call Penny Appeal direct at +44 (0)1924 231088 and say that you're donating to the Run2012 Challenge.
 
 
 

26th September, 2012

Running for water brings clean running water in Bangladesh

Water well in Chupria, Satkhira district, Bangladesh.Residents of a small village in Bangladesh now have access to clean drinking water, thanks to Penny Appeal supporter Chris Marshall's Run2012 challenge.

Chris is running 2012km during 2012, with the aim of raising £12,000 to fund 12 wells in 12 countries. To date, Chris has covered over 1,600km (nearly 1,000 miles), and his challenge has helped to fund water projects in eight countries so far.

The latest pump, commissioned just last week, is providing clean, safe drinking water in Chupria, in the Satkhira district of Bangladesh. Access to clean water will reduce the threat of disease and the mortality rate amongst children and the elderly in the area.

Speaking about the importance of clean water, Chris said: "If you don't have clean water, you can't grow healthy food and you're more likely to be sick and unable to work or go to school. In turn, you're more likely to be trapped in poverty.

Running for Water"And of course each mouthful of dirty water could be fatal. Worldwide, one in five deaths of children under five is down to dirty water. That's why every water project we've been able to fund so far this year will make a real difference to the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of people.

"None of this would have been possible without the generosity of the many people who have sponsored me to pull on a pair of running shoes, and I'm incredibly grateful for their support."

To date, the Run2012 challenge has funded water projects in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Kashmir, Nepal, Pakistan, Sudan, Philippines and Bangladesh.

You can follow Chris's progress on the Run2012 website, www.run2012.org.uk, or follow him on Twitter (@run2012k).

To donate to Run2012 and help Chris to provide access to clean water where it is needed most, please visit www.justgiving.com/run2012k, text TWTW55 £5 or TWTW55 £10 to 70070 to donate £5 or £10, or call Penny Appeal direct at +44 (0)1924 231088 - please don't forget to say that you're donating to the Run2012 Challenge.

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