I am volunteering at the Sierra Leone Marathon in May, and want to take this opportunity to raise money for the charity Street Child
and the work they do in Sierra Leone
. Street Child works to give the country’s poorest children better futures through education, helping to lift whole communities out of poverty.
All your donations will go directly to Street Child, specifically for their work in Sierra Leone, and all donations made before April 20th will be matched by the British Government.
Donating before this date effectively doubles your contribution to Street Child's "Count Me In" campaign in Sierra Leone, aiming to give an education to some of the 121 million children in the world who do not have access to one.
To clarify, a few of you might suspect I am running this, but I am not that much of a mad man. My voluntary role is specifically to photograph the marathon itself and the work Street Child do with children and their families. As much as I would love to run the marathon in 35 degree heat (that's a lie), I feel I can actually be of far greater benefit by being behind the lens. I have loved working with NGOs
in India and Nepal to date (see my previous work and portfolio here
), and once again the aim here is to take images that share the joy of the race day and the work they do, to hopefully encourage future donations and more runners to take part in the coming years.
All donations are much appreciated, but please help double the impact by donating before April 20th, and please bear in mind what your money can do in Sierra Leone:
£30 - supplies to send a child to school for A YEAR
£50 - provide a small business grant to a family to keep their child in school
£200 - pay a rural teacher's salary for a year
£1000 - refurbish and resource an entire school
£2500 - help a rural community gain a FIRST EVER school
Watch this 2 minute film
to get a taste for Street Child's work and the race itself.