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From Sudan to South East London: local teacher runs the London Marathon for Concern Worldwide

Patrick Haverty, a teacher from Plumstead South East London, recently ran the 2018 London Marathon for Concern Worldwide. Patrick teaches Relating (a subject which combines politics, religion and social issues) and History at a school in Bermondsey. He was motivated to take on this challenge after spending a year teaching in Sudan where he met many people fleeing conflict in neighbouring South Sudan.

 

Before taking on the marathon, Patrick told us:

“One of the main reasons I want to do this is to help a charity which helps people in this wonderful country. It is only when you meet people, who some may consider to have the least, do you learn how generous and kind they are.”

The situation in South Sudan has got worse since his time as a teacher in Sudan and famine was declared last February. In July 2017, it was estimated that 6 million people (50% of the population) were at risk of starvation from the famine and Concern has been working to get aid to people who need it the most.

Patrick had never run a marathon before and taking on the mighty challenge was testament to his dedication to help some of the poorest people in the world.

Executive Director of Concern Worldwide (UK) Rose Caldwell said:

 “We can’t thank Patrick enough for this incredible contribution to the work of Concern. We feel truly humbled whenever people take on a challenge for us and the London Marathon requires such dedication. His support will help ensure that the world’s most vulnerable people get the help they need.”

The money raised will go towards helping mothers like *Hani who fled from conflict in 2016. During the South Sudan famine response, Concern worked with local partners to treat her four-year-old son, who needed special food supplements to ensure he recovered from malnutrition. She said, “We wait for food from the distributions. But if we have no food we eat water lilies, or fish, or fruit from nearby trees.”

To find out how you can follow in the footsteps of Patrick and run for Concern in the 2019 London Marathon register your interest here.

 

 

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