The British High Commissioner, Michael Nevin, on Thursday did a stretch with Brendan Rendall, a British gentleman who is, among other goals, running from Chitipa in the north to Nsanje in south to raise funds for the construction of a science block at an orphanage school in Mulanje, Malawi.
In the sweltering heat of Salima—typical of a lake shore district—Nevin welcomed Rendall as he arrived at Nkhota-kota Turn-off (Kaphatenga) and ran with him, for a distance of five kilometres, up to an area popularly known as Kamuzu Road.
Expected to cover a distance of approximately 650 miles (1046 kilometres) over a period of 25 days, Rendall hopes, other than raising funds to build a science block at Friends of Mulanje (FOMO)’s Secondary school, to encourage the youth of Malawi to participate in sport and raise awareness of Malawi’s potential to the world.
Before embarking on what has been dubbed “25 marathons in 25 days,” Brendan has run many events and is an ambassador for the Ordnance Survey UK to champion “The Get Outside” campaign. He also is one of the winners of Discovery UK TV channel’s “Make Your World Bigger” award.
Nevin, who also recently took part in the charity golf tournament led by Malawi’s vice President Saulosi Chilima in aid of Kamuzu Central Hospital, said it was great to see someone running to raise money for Malawi which exemplifies the generous nature of many British people.
“Malawi will benefit for the interest and desire to help through this initiative by Brendan who is hoping that people will not only donate towards the cause but also exercise,” said Nevin
Brendan said he decided to run to explore one of his favourite countries in the world but also to raise money for the charity FOMO to build a science block for the secondary school. He said the run was a thank you to the children that first inspired him back in 2009.
For her part, director and founder of FOMO, Mary Woodworth said the money raised by Rendall will be used to support over 4000 orphans that are supported by her orphanage.
“I call upon Malawians of goodwill to join Brendan who has come all the way from UK to run the whole length of Malawi for charity. They say charity begins at home and fellow Malawians should be touched by the actions of this man by giving a little they can afford and it will make a huge difference,” said Woodworth.
Details on how to donate can be found on FOMO’s website www.fomo.co.uk
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