In early September, fifty participants of the joint Renaissance Minsk Hotel and UNICEF in Belarus team ran Minsk Half-Marathon #foreverychild. Until 7 October, you can donate to support those who not only challenged themselves, but also raised funds for UNICEF programmes in Belarus!
In October 1999 the executive team of my hotel was challenged by one of my colleagues to Run the London Marathon in 2000. I though to myself – why not, so I started to train. However in the UK this is a very good way to raise much needed money for Non-Government funded research into diseases/illnesses etc. Unfortunately my sister at the age of 35 was diagnosed with MND (motor Neurone Disease) so I contacted the association and volunteered to run the London Marathon. I was accepted and had to raise a minimum of 2500 GBP Sterling. I did the run and afterwards said I would never run again. How wrong I was, the next year I was watching the London Marathon on TV and my mind told me – I needed to do another one….So I started running again. Since then for the MND Association (on behalf of my sister, mother and a very good friend who all passed away from MND) I have raised about 35,000.00 GBP Sterling with 2 marathons and 3 x 100KM runs.
Why do I do it – I enjoy it, it is not always easy but once you start it feels good and once you finish your run you feel great and it keeps me fit.
I saw there was the Minsk Marathon in September and knew I wanted to do this (I have tried to do at least 1 in each of the cities I have lived). I was also speaking with Rasheed from UNICEF and thought this may be a great way for us to raise awareness and funds for the very important work UNICEF does in Belarus. I discussed it and we agreed we should try. I discussed it with my colleagues and am absolutely thrilled and proud that the Renaissance Minsk will have 16 runners doing 5, 10 and 21 KM. With the UNICEF team we should have about 26 runners.