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LAUNCH OF STREET CHILD OF LIBERIA
At an event at the Ministry of Gender in Monrovia on Monday 11th November, our in-country charity partner Street Child of Liberia publicly launched the new NGO's plans to bring Street Child's successful model of work to a brand new nation. With 200 children already supported into school and another 200 identified, we can look forward to some great work being done to help even more street children in West Africa!
“Our goal is to try to replicate the kind of impact here in Liberia that Street Child has already achieved in Sierra Leone,” said Michael John Bull, who has been seconded from Street Child of Sierra Leone to help set up our projects in Liberia.
“We believe that every child deserves the right to live in a safe, secure home and the chance to go to school. It is a sad reality that, for many children living on Liberia’s streets, these basic rights have until now been unattainable. Street Child of Liberia’s aim will be to help change that fact, both here in Monrovia and eventually throughout the country.”
Street Child of Liberia will be closely supported by Street Child here in the UK through funding and training to help build the capacity of this new Liberian organisation.
OUR FIFTH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
In November, Street Child will be turning five. And to mark the start of the celebrations, we will be hosting a party at Beaufort House, an exclusive members club in Chelsea, on Wednesday 2nd October. It will be a chance for us to update you on what's been going on but, more importantly, for us to thank you all for your tremendous support.
We'll be doing a number of events over the coming months to help celebrate this landmark anniversary so keep an eye out for what's going on in the coming months.
Let the celebrations begin!
GET INVOLVED WITH OUR FANTASTIC NEW CAMPAIGN: THE FIFTY QUID CHALLENGE
If you are looking for a way to get your creative juices flowing – why not join us in The 50 Quid Challenge!
If we give you £50, how much money could you raise with it? There are some fantastic prizes on offer for the team that raises the most - don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to have fun with friends, colleagues and family in support Street Child.
THANKS TO OUR LIBERIA MARATHON TEAM!
A massive thank you from the team at Street Child to all of the participants in the Liberia Marathon!
ANY TAKERS FOR THE LIBERIA MARATHON?
Be one of the founding members of Street Child Liberia
Over the last 12 months, Street Child has been exploring the possibility of launching a project in Liberia. In a country without a single charity working specifically with street children, we hope to create the same opportunities that thousands of children in Sierra Leone have already benefited from.
This year will see the launch of our first Liberia project and, to mark our first steps towards starting that work, we are sourcing a Street Child team to take to the Liberia Marathon, held in Monrovia, on Sunday August 25th 2013. We hope that the event, organised independently of the charity, will be the perfect launch pad for our work in the Liberian capital and beyond.
The idea is that the Street Child Liberia Marathon Team will come to Monrovia for a few days before and after the race to visit our new project and be the very first of our supporters to meet the Liberian children who so desperately need our support. Any funds raised from the marathon will go directly towards supporting that work.
PRESIDENT OF SIERRA LEONE PARTICIPATES IN SIERRA LEONE’S PREMIER RUNNING EVENT
Chris Johnson takes first place in Street Child Sierra Leone Marathon
His Excellency Dr Ernest Bai Koroma opened proceedings for this year’s Street Child Sierra Leone Marathon on 26th
May, going on to compete in the 5km race amidst hundreds of international and Sierra Leonean runners.
In his speech at the start line, His Excellency praised the efforts of Street Child, the charity for which all of the event’s international runners have been hard at work raising funds.
“It is a worthy cause to run for street Children and that is why we are here to support that cause,” His Excellency said. “Let me commend Street Child for the innovative manner in which they have tried to raise funds for these Children. Children should not be on the street, but should be at home and in school.
“I am told that last year the event was very successful and impressive funds were raised; I am sure with the presence of all of us here, we are going make this event even more successful.”
The President, who hails from the same region in which the marathon is staged, took to the streets of Makeni. Running alongside dozens of children that have benefitted from Street Child’s work in the 5km race, the President was met by jubilant crowds, cheering him on. These incredible scenes reinforced the fact that the Street Child Sierra Leone Marathon has become the premier sporting event in the country and a firm favourite on the international marathon circuit; all this in just its second year of existence.
The marathon, sponsored by African Minerals, was won by 21 year-old Sierra Leonean Chris Johnson in front of his home crowd with a time of 02hrs 49mins 07secs. Johnson had been neck and neck at the middle stages of the event with last year’s winner Idrissa Kargbo. But it was Johnson who crossed the finish line first to be met by huge crowds clearly delighted by the exploits of their countryman.
In fact, it was a clean sweep for local runners across every category this year with Mustafa Kamara claiming first place in the half-marathon [01hrs 12mins 22secs]; Bilal Tirawalie in the 5km race [17mins 51secs]; and Mamie Lahun, who was the first women to complete the marathon event with a time of [03hrs 12mins 19secs].
The international category was won by David Hellard, 35, [03hrs 15mins 29secs] and Rosalind Johnson, 33, [03hrs 57mins 00secs] both from London. What makes the Sierra Leone Marathon unique is the fact that all of the international runners are united in a common fund-raising goal in support of Street Child’s impactful projects across Sierra Leone. The international field spent the run up to the event getting to grips with exactly where their funds will be spent by meeting and spending time with the very Children that will benefit from their efforts.
“I want to congratulate all of this year’s runners for taking on such an impressive sporting challenge,” said Tom Dannatt, founder and director of Street Child, who ran alongside the President in the 5km race.
“But in particular, I want to thank the international contingent, who have travelled to Sierra Leone to understand more about our work and support our efforts to help improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable Children in the world. All of our visitors have made a special effort to see where the money they are raising is going; whether for children struggling to live a life on the streets or suffering through a lack of access to education, the funds these runners have raised will make a huge impact and is the real legacy of their trip to Sierra Leone.
Dannatt concluded: “Special thanks are of course due to His Excellency the President; I was immensely proud to stand alongside him as he opened the marathon and to see him participate. Finally, I want to thank our lead sponsor African Minerals, our Official Airline, Gambia Bird, Official Telecoms Supplier, Africell, and all of the companies and individuals that have supported us throughout this event. It would not have been possible without their support.”
AFRICAN MINERALS WELCOMES 175 INTERNATIONAL MARATHON RUNNERS TO SIERRA LEONE
Runners from around the world set to arrive tomorrow for the Sierra Leone Marathon
175 runners from 12 countries around the world are arriving at Lungi airport in the next few days to participate in the second annual Sierra Leone Marathon.
The runners, many of whom have flown to Sierra Leone with the event’s Official Airline, Gambia Bird, are coming from countries as far afield as Sweden, the UK, New Zealand, French Guyana, Germany, Liberia and Guinea. All of them have been busy raising funds on behalf of Street Child, who support projects working with out of school children throughout the country, many of whom are living full-time on the streets.
The event is being sponsored by African Minerals Limited, Sierra Leone’s biggest company, and will be held in Makeni on 26th
May. Tomorrow’s travellers will join hundreds of Sierra Leoneans and foreign nationals to compete in the country’s only official marathon. Last year’s race raised more than £320,000 all of which was spent supporting Street Child’s work with some of the country’s most vulnerable children.
As well as African Minerals, the marathon has enjoyed support from Gambia Bird, the Gateway to West Africa, and the event’s Official Telecoms Provider, Africell, and many of the country’s biggest companies.
“We’re very grateful for the support that we’ve received so far, particularly from our lead sponsor African Minerals,” said Race Director Lewis Aldridge. “The event is shaping up to be huge this year and we hope that the money our runners raise will be a real boost for the incredible work that Street Child is doing in Sierra Leone.”