Running for water brings clean running water in Bangladesh
26th September, 2012
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.
"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.
Overwhelming support to Feed Our World
19th September, 2012
Penny Appeal's Feed Our World campaign has been an overwhelming success, capturing the imagination of donors and exceeding expectations.
A 365-a-day-a-year campaign Feed Our World was launched in July ahead of Ramadan 2012, bringing together ten aid organisations with the aim of feeding 10,000 orphans and displaced families in ten countries, during the last ten days of Ramadan.
Thanks to the generosity of donors, Penny Appeal was able to meet its target comfortably and generate a surplus of funds which will help the charity to continue feeding across Africa, Asia and the Middle East - with a typical food pack containing meat, rice, a selection of fruit and vegetables, water and milk or juice.
The Ramadan feeding programme began in Syria on Saturday 11th August and continued for ten consecutive evenings in Palestine, Somalia, Mali, Niger, Sudan, Bangladesh, Kashmir, Pakistan and finally Afghanistan on Monday 20th August.
The meals were distributed by Penny Appeal's nine charity partners: African Development Trust (ADT), Al-Hijrah Trust UK, Al-Mustafa Trust International (ATI), Human Appeal International, Islamic Help, Muslim Aid, Muslim Hands, Orphans in Need and Read Foundation.
Rizwan Khaliq, Penny Appeal's Chief Executive Officer, commented: "We have raised a substantial amount of money overall across all our campaigns and projects this Ramadan. We are delighted that Feed Our World was a strong contributor in this regard and it's only the first year! We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all our donors for supporting this campaign. Special thanks go to our charity partners who have worked hard in the field to administer nutritious meals to those who need them most. This campaign simply couldn't have worked without them.
"The ten countries we supported face some of the most unimaginable difficulties and hardships, and all our donors can take pride in knowing that their support has made a real difference to some of the world's poorest people.
"We set out to feed a minimum of 10,000 orphans and displaced families but, owing to the success of the project, we will be able to feed many, many more over the coming months, ensuring that food aid reaches as many people as possible."
Feed Our World is now firmly established as one of Penny Appeal's core campaigns, meaning that supporters can help provide food aid all year round.
To donate to the Feed Our World campaign, please visit the Appeal Page or telephone 01924 231 088.
Going the extra mile
7th September, 2012
Penny Appeal supporter Chris Marshall is halfway through his year-long challenge to raise £12,000 to help us provide 12 clean water wells in 12 countries in 2012. We pulled on our trainers and caught up with Chris to find out more.
So, Chris, tell us a bit more about your Run2012 challenge.
It's quite simple really. I've challenged myself to run 2,012 kilometres in 2012, which is 1,250 miles in old money. Basically, as long as I run an average of 24 miles a week, I should be able to complete the challenge by the end of the year.
That's almost a marathon a week! What made you decide to run so far and so often?
I suppose my main reason was because I was looking for something that would challenge me physically. I have never been the fittest or most athletic of people – I was normally last to be picked for team sports at school – and I've always had a weakness for savoury snacks, curries and so on. In 2009 I decided to shed a few pounds and started using the treadmill at the gym. It was tough at first but I found myself enjoying it and pretty soon moved to running outside.
I completed my first 10k race in September that year then, for no good reason, stopped exercising for a year or so. I started again in Spring 2011, gradually got back into the swing of it, and decided by the end of the year that I would aim to run 2,012km in 2012 to ensure I kept up the running. Once I'd made the decision, it made sense to link the challenge to fundraising for charity.
And what made you decide to run for Penny Appeal?
I get asked that a lot and I always point to Penny Appeal's track record. Sure, it's not the largest or best known of charities, but that also means that the overheads are lower and there are fewer people involved, which in turn means that funds get to where they're needed more quickly and efficiently. Penny Appeal has done some great work to provide disaster relief, shelter and education in places like Pakistan and Haiti, and has recently opened its first orphanage, so it's clear that the charity is making a real difference.
Why did you choose to support our Clean Water Campaign?
I was drawn to this campaign because nearly a billion people have no access to clean water or sanitation. The water they do have makes them sick, unable to work or study. If you don't have clean water, you can't grow healthy food; you're more likely to be sick and unable to work or go to school; which means you're more likely to be trapped in poverty. Worldwide, nearly one in five deaths of children under the age of five is due to dirty water. I'm a parent, and I find that statistic frightening. Obviously, I can't help a billion people, but I hope to be able to improve the lives of 12 communities in 12 countries. It's a drop in the ocean, if you'll forgive the pun, but it's a start.
How's the challenge going so far?
I've clocked up over 1000 kilometres to date, and have raised close to £4,000. The next three months will be pretty full on as I'm now training for the Berlin Marathon, which will be my first marathon. I think I'm on track to reach the 2,012km target by the end of November, all being well.
What have been the highs and lows?
The lows have been the long runs in torrential rain. Anyone who tells you that running in the rain is fun and refreshing clearly hasn't 'enjoyed' a ten mile run in driving wind and rain! I also tore a hamstring earlier in the year, which put me out of action for two or three weeks. Fortunately, it seems OK now.
The highs? There have been lots of little victories, such as running up some of the hills near where I live for the first time, or completing my first half marathon. Most recently, I ran a 10k personal best of 52 minutes 42 seconds – over seven minutes faster than this time last year! The highlight of the whole challenge will be the Berlin Marathon, though.
How can our friends and supporters get involved?
First and foremost, spread the word! Tell everyone you know to take a look at the Run2012 challenge website at www.run2012.org.uk, or to follow me on Twitter (@run2012k). And please, please, please make all of this worthwhile by sponsoring me. Every penny donated will go to Penny Appeal's Clean Water campaign, so you can be confident that your gift 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.
Thank you for your support!
Thanks, Chris – and best of luck for the rest of the challenge!
Tune in to Penny Appeal on Unity FM
2nd August, 2012
Following the success of last year's Ramadan radio show, Penny Appeal will return to Unity FM, Birmingham's local Muslim radio station, not once but twice!
Charity Champion, Na'eem Raza, will again take the helm as Penny Appeal takes to the airwaves on Sunday 5th and Saturday 11th August. The Ramadan radio shows will be on air from 5pm until midnight on both days.
You can join Penny Appeal by tuning in to 93.5FM (or listen online) where Na'eem Raza will be discussing a range of topics and raising money for the charity's Feed Our World appeal.
Feed Our World is a global feeding programme initiated by Penny Appeal, which brings together individuals and communities in raising funds for the world's most needy as well as uniting ten charities in delivering this aid to crisis-hit countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Penny Appeal Chairman Adeem Younis commented: "Na'eem Raza did a great job of hosting our Ramadan show last year and we are delighted that he is on our team once again.
"This Ramadan we are aiming to feed a minimum of 10,000 orphaned children and displaced families through our Feed Our World campaign, and we are sure that with Na'eem's help we can reach many more people in desperate need."
Unity FM is a non-profit making community radio station, which is also broadcast live via the internet at www.unityfm.net.
Further information on Feed Our World can be found at pennyappeal.org/appeal/feed-our-world.
Feeding Our World this Ramadan
10th July, 2012
Penny Appeal has launched Feed Our World, a global campaign which unites ten aid organisations with the aim of providing meals for at least 10,000 orphans and displaced families in ten countries during the last ten days of Ramadan 2012.
The programme will kick off on Saturday 11th August in Syria and continues for ten consecutive evenings, ending in Afghanistan on Monday 20th August.
The Feed Our World campaign will provide food to orphans and displaced families in Niger, Mali, Sudan, Somalia, Palestine, Syria, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Kashmir. All are internationally recognised victims of war, displacement, famine, natural disasters and high infant mortality rates.
The meals will be delivered by Penny Appeal's nine charity partners: African Development Trust (ADT), Al-Hijrah Trust UK, Al-Mustafa Trust International (ATI), Human Appeal International, Islamic Help, Muslim Aid, Muslim Hands, Orphans in Need and Read Foundation.
Penny Appeal has been encouraging the involvement of schools, mosques and community organisations, who have been distributing booklets of meal tickets in aid of Feed Our World. Each ticket costs just £10 and will provide 10 meals to those who need them most. There are 30 tickets in each booklet, representing the 30 days of Ramadan.
Rizwan Khaliq, Penny Appeal's Chief Executive Officer, commented: "This is a unique and exciting campaign which focuses on feeding victims of extreme poverty in countries facing conflict and unimaginable hardships.
"Many individuals, mosques and organisations have come together to promote our Feed Our World meal tickets, and I am delighted that we have also secured the support of ten established and internationally recognised charities who will spread some hope this Ramadan by ensuring that the funds raised by the campaign will provide meals to the needy."
To donate to the Feed Our World campaign, please visit pennyappeal.org or telephone 01924 231 088. Please note that this campaign is Zakat-applicable.
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