5th January 2017

When I was a kid growing up in South London, the marathon used to go past the end of my street. One of my earliest memories is of being about 3 years old in a pushchair being really entertained by all the clowns and elephants and fairies running past. I’ve often thought it would be amazing to run the marathon, and I’m really excited that I’ve now got the chance to do so on behalf of the fantastic charity I work for.

Thea in Bibangwa
Here I am walking with the students of Bibangwa at the opening of their new six classroom school in DR Congo

As the Programme Manager for the Great Lakes region, I have the privilege of overseeing our work in DR Congo and Burundi, two impoverished, conflict-affected countries in central Africa. CIC is working to improve standards of education as well as improving access to education for the most marginalised and disadvantaged children in those countries and I’m very lucky to be able to see exactly where the money goes and what impact it has on local people.

Bibangwa students sit on their new desks. A clean, dry, comfortable classroom means that these students can concentrate on learning to read and write.

Raising £2,000 in sponsorship is almost as challenging as running 26.1 miles! So far, I’ve made lunch for my colleagues (and raised about £60 including £10 for doing the washing up!), and I’m planning a few more similar lunches plus a pub quiz and raffle. My first lunch was delicious (if I say so myself) but cost me quite a lot in ingredients. If you’re planning a similar fundraising event, I would recommend something a bit more economical than salmon quiche and brie tart!

team eating
Some of the Children in Crisis team tucking in
I think my colleagues went into shock at the sight of their healthy lunch.
The luxury quiche!

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You can support Thea's fundraising efforts by donating to her JustGiving page here. Your support helps to educate and protect vulnerable children living tough lives in conflict affected areas. Thank you.

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Blog post
Thea is busy baking with Children in Crisis CEO Koy generously matching all her bake-sale profits. 
News story
We are delighted to announce the inauguration of Bibangwa School. Two hours walk from the nearest road, this brand new school is set on the High Plateau in South Kivu, the Democratic Republic of Congo.