On Sunday 26 March, Elouise Hobbs, 21, our media officer, will be soaking up the miles (and hopefully the sun) when she takes part in the World Half Marathon to raise money to provide safe and clean water across the world.
Her efforts will help provide clean and safe water across the world as part of this year’s CAFOD Lent fundraising campaign and as the Lent appeal is part of match funding, every pound donated will be doubled.
Cardiff has held a half marathon every year since 2003; it is a great time for the community to come together and fundraise. This year, Cardiff has been chosen to host the World Half Marathon ahead of the Olympics in Rio this Summer and international athletes such as Mo Farrah will be in attendance. Over 25,000 runners will be taking part and the route incorporates the famous sights of Cardiff including the Bay, the Castle and Roath Park Lakes.
This is Elouise’s first half marathon and she said:
“The furthest I’ve run in the past is 3 miles so this is quite a challenge. I am so happy to be raising money to help provide clean and safe water, alongside training and education to those who live without this basic need; thinking of them will keep me going.
“I think this is an issue that especially affects me as a woman; the burden of collecting water often falls to the women of the household meaning that they miss out on education, socialising and ultimately, are limited with the jobs they can have in the future. Without my education, I would not be where I am today.
“I am running to help people across the world have access to clean water so that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.”
If you are running the World Half Marathon for CAFOD or are taking part in any event to fundraise, you can let us know.