Ambessa Run

$7,250 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 126 people in 31 months
Nellie English
on behalf of Brendan Delaney
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For those that know her, it will come as no surprise that Nellie English is determined to complete an impossible task.

The eternal nomad is no stranger to ideas that have people questioning her sanity, from hitchhiking across Europe, travelling through Asia on a shoestring, or claiming the title of World’s Worst Waitress in New York, she is not one to shy away from adversity and is always up for a challenge.

This might be her greatest challenge to date. Nell will run the 724km (or 450 miles) from Zimbabwe’s capital Harare across the country to Victoria Falls. To put this in perspective, if completed in the designated timeframe of three weeks, this is the equivalent of running a marathon every single day. 17 days in a row.

Perhaps appropriately, Nell will set off on April Fool’s Day, pounding the roads in the African sun until she arrives at the world’s widest waterfall. As well as the physical implications of completing such a task, there are also other dangers that mean Nell is looking for an accompanying vehicle to provide a level of safety, as she will be doing the journey alone.

And although it is a journey fraught with potential dangers, Nell is dedicated to complete it in order to raise money for the Zimbabwe National Association for Mental Health, an incredibly worthy cause, desperately in need of support.

Friends of Nell will be in no doubt that she will complete this epic journey. What would really make it count, and potentially make a difference for so many who are suffering, is your support.

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IMNAMH is the Zimbabwe National Association for Mental Health (ZIMNAMH) in Harare, Zimbabwe. ZIMNAMH is a registered welfare organization (W.O39/81) whose primary goal is to promote the recognition of the rights of people with mental disabilities in a society where mental health is valued and managed with parity. It started operating in 1981.
Our aims and objectives are: To represent the interests of people who suffer from mental health problems and facilitate their participation in issues which directly affect them; To work towards better care, treatment, rehabilitation and recovery of people who suffer from mental health problems; To promote mental health for all throughout Zimbabwe.
There is no specific mental health budget in Zimbabwe. Mental health services are funded from general health budget. Mental health in Zimbabwe continues to be marginalized, poorly resourced and largely institutionally based.  There are very few community based halfway homes and rehabilitation centers to support recovery and reintegration of people with mental illnesses. Currently there is very minimum or no support from the government towards the sustenance of these centers resulting in their failure to meet their day to day needs
Patients at ZIMNAMH Tirivanhu Half Way Home and Rehabilitation Centre playing volleyball.  The centre does not have proper sporting and recreational facilitiesPatients at ZIMNAMH Tirivanhu Half Way Home and Rehabilitation Centre playing volleyball. The centre does not have proper sporting and recreational facilities

Myths and misconceptions about mental illnesses perpetuate negative attitudes, stigma and discrimination which expose people with mental illness to human rights abuses while hindering them from accessing mental health care and support.

For more information: 
http://in2mentalhealth.com/2013/08/31/global-mental-health-inside-stories-ignicious-murambidzi-harare-zimbabwe/



Other links and contact information:
Website of the ZIMNAMH, Zimbabwe National Association For Mental Health
ZIMNAMH on Facebook
Telephone: + 263 4 308523 / 308719
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Hey everyone!
It's been nearly a year since my mad run , and I wanted to update you all on where your generous donations went. I went home to Zimbabwe for Christmas and visited the organization and the halfway home. They showed me the new borehole they were able to fund using the donated money, and the patients were extremely grateful. Until your donations, they were having to walk nearly 10km for water, and having to ration it severely. They also have built new lodging and bought new computers for IT, and most importantly they have two new full-time volunteers, a qualified mental health nurse and a junior doctor out to work for at least a year, who discovered ZIMNAMH through the run!
So it is thanks to your generosity, and taking the time to donate and reach out to help people with mental health problems, an issue that some are uncomfortable with, we have raised the profile of the charity, corrected misconceptions about mental health in Zimbabwe, and helped their halfway homes.

A massive THANK YOU from myself, ZIMNAMH and all their patients, and this year I hope to run again, 1000 km this time, for mental health and animals in need through TWALA TRUST.

Tatenda from Zimbabwe :) xxxxxxxx
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Hey everyone!
It's been nearly a year since my mad run , and I wanted to update you all on where your generous donations went. I went home to Zimbabwe for Christmas and visited the organization and the halfway home. They showed me the new borehole they were able to fund using the donated money, and the patients were extremely grateful. Until your donations, they were having to walk nearly 10km for water, and having to ration it severely. They also have built new lodging and bought new computers for IT, and most importantly they have two new full-time volunteers, a qualified mental health nurse and a junior doctor out to work for at least a year, who discovered ZIMNAMH through the run!
So it is thanks to your generosity, and taking the time to donate and reach out to help people with mental health problems, an issue that some are uncomfortable with, we have raised the profile of the charity, corrected misconceptions about mental health in Zimbabwe, and helped their halfway homes.

A massive THANK YOU from myself, ZIMNAMH and all their patients, and this year I hope to run again, 1000 km this time, for mental health and animals in need through TWALA TRUST.

Tatenda from Zimbabwe :) xxxxxxxx
Mealies grown thanks to fixing water!
Mealies grown thanks to fixing water!
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Hello everyone!
Sorry for the silence, after the run I had a busy few months moving flats and changing jobs (am now currently working as a rickshaw taxi driver at the beach in Barcelona!:)
Anyway, to update you all Zimnamh has now used a part of the funds in order to fix the water pipes in their main halfway home. They are sending me photos and as soon as I have them I will put them here!
I just found out that I have been nominated for Zimbabwe´s most inspirational woman for 2016! Am absolutely shocked and baffled to be honest but voting closes today, so if you have a minute would love to have your vote! I am putting it here as I imagine it can only be for the run, so here we go:

http://ziwa.twunhu.com/vote/

Thanks to all, for your donations, support and maybe your vote! Photos to follow,

Nell
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George McAvoy
29 months ago

Christopher is glowing with pride! Nothing in this world , Nellie, comes near to seeing your grown daughter do something so impressive, that you know you could never have done it yourself.

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Xoli Lee Runesu
29 months ago

Maita basa mwari ave nemi' ...... you did Zim proud , God bless.

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Bernie Esterhuizen
30 months ago

If you want to have a bed to sleep in kwekwe just face book me a message and I'll give you my details

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$7,250 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 126 people in 31 months
Created February 28, 2016
Nellie English
on behalf of Brendan Delaney
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CY
$100
Christian Young
28 months ago

Fantastic personal achievement for a very worthwhile cause - well done!

$100
Anonymous
28 months ago
CA
$50
Ciaran Austin
28 months ago

Congratulations Nellie - superb achievement for a wonderful cause!

$100
Anonymous
28 months ago
$200
Anonymous
28 months ago
JR
$15
JoAnn Ross
28 months ago

I do admire what you are doing - I hope you enjoy our wonderful country - unfortunately not all is right - but the people are magnificent.

RE
$100
Rose English
28 months ago

Congratulations on completing an epic run - this donation is in memory of my father Tony English who would have loved following your amazing feat for such a great cause!

AG
$15
Amy Gresko
28 months ago

Wow! Amazing and inspiring! Lovely to meet you this morning :)

George McAvoy
29 months ago

Christopher is glowing with pride! Nothing in this world , Nellie, comes near to seeing your grown daughter do something so impressive, that you know you could never have done it yourself.

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Xoli Lee Runesu
29 months ago

Maita basa mwari ave nemi' ...... you did Zim proud , God bless.

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Bernie Esterhuizen
30 months ago

If you want to have a bed to sleep in kwekwe just face book me a message and I'll give you my details

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