Charity No: 1169968
So, on 7th October (the near eve of my 46th birthday), I’m going to be mixing it with a few thousand younger and fitter people to take part in the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest Challenge in Nottingham.
It’s a 10km course which involves a load of monster obstacles, and lots of water (well, it is being held at the National Water Sports Centre after all!
You may be asking why I plan to do such a foolish thing! Well, it’s for a charity that is very close to my heart and that I’m a trustee of. The charity is Reach One Touch One Ministries (UK) – or ROTOM UK for short.
Its purpose is to raise funds to support and meet the spiritual, social, physical, and psychological needs of the elderly and children under their care in Uganda & Ethiopia. These elderly people live in poverty and have had to become the guardians of their grandchildren as they have lost their children to AIDS and other diseases.
We care greatly about allowing the elderly people we support to live dignified lives. Funds raised from this challenge that I complete will be used for our current campaign to raise funds to build a safe, clean latrine and wash area for each of the elderly people in the village in a remote area of Uganda.
Each unit will cost £554 to build, and will make such a difference in each person’s life. There are 27 elderly people whom we are currently supporting who do not even have the most basic pit latrine – the risks to their health, safety and dignity are great.
So we need to raise approx £15,000 in total to provide these latrines. I’d love to raise at least £3,000 from this challenge.
It’s a big ask, but I urge you to dig deep and donate as much as you’re able. And do remember how fortunate we are in this country to have clean toilets that flush and privacy when you next visit the loo.
Please, please, please give what you can!