Paul's marathon update
Sunday 22 April in London was the hottest marathon in its 38-year history, bringing record crowds onto the streets to cheer on the 40,000 runners. For Project HOPE UK CEO Paul Brooks, it was his toughest physical challenge to date but the sore feet, aching muscles and creaking joints were well worthwhile as every step he ran netted 25 pence to help save the lives of vulnerable children in South Africa. “I have been overwhelmed by the love and generosity shown by wonderful people across the world, helping to raise £10,460” said Paul at the finish line. The money will buy materials to be used by a team of 33 young people and leaders from churches in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, travelling to Munsieville township, near Johannesburg in July. The team will work with residents of the township to renovate dilapidated pre-school centres, build over 60 vegetable gardens and run a township-wide campaign to support householders in making their shack homes safe from fire, poisoning and other hazards that seriously endanger children.
“It has been such a privilege for me to take part in the biggest road race on the planet and to carry with me the love, prayers and hopes of friends and sponsors from across the globe”, says Paul. “From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your amazing support and every penny donated and each message of encouragement!"