I am running the Minsk Half Marathon on Sunday 15th September 2019 to raise fund for the Chernobyl Children’s Project (UK). As many of you know, this is a cause close to my heart having volunteered in Belarus with children and young people affected by the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. For many of us the superb recent miniseries Chernobyl brought back memories of those awful events, for others it may well have been the first time they had heard much about them. But for many people, particularly those living in the worst affected parts of northern Ukraine and southern Belarus, they are still dealing with the aftereffects of the disaster every day of their lives.
Chernobyl Children’s Project (UK) works all year round to raise funds to provide recuperative holidays and other activities for children and young people affected by the disaster in Belarus. They are not only striving hard to make the lives of those kids and young adults living in institutions happier and more fulfilled but, through an intense programme of education and training, they are fighting hard to encourage the authorities to provide better care in the community so that as many people as possible can live as independently as possible in family type environments. But all this costs money and they desperately need our help.
This will be my first race of any distance for a few years, it has been tough for a while. So, choosing to do this race is also a step forwards in my personal recovery and journey. It has given me a target to work towards and to train for, given me a chance to visit one of my favourite countries and cities in the world as well as giving me the satisfaction of knowing that any money raised goes directly to providing holidays or other leisure activities for these amazing people!
If you would like to help me reach my target please visit my JustGiving page.
I should stress that I am paying for my own air fare and accommodation for the trip, so every penny of your generous donations will go directly towards helping the children.
Thank you in advance!!