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Double your donation to Camfed with UK Aid Match

Too often, poverty decides girls’ futures. Let’s change that! Leading the way are Camfed’s GirlGuardians, young women who are equipped with the tools and skills they need to tackle child marriage in their communities. Each GirlGuardian you support will protect 80 girls at risk of becoming child brides.

Right now, the UK government is matching every donation gifted to Camfed’s UK Aid Match appeal, doubling your impact to help twice as many girls stay in school and out of child marriage. Go to Camfed.org/UnlockFutures to follow the stories of girls whose lives are being transformed every day with your help.

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By donating, you will be doing something amazing for vulnerable girls across Africa. But not only that – if you donate via my sponsorship page, I will run 1km per £1. Let’s set me a challenge!

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I’ve got to run faster!

This is part of my 40 Before 40 Challenge.


I enjoy running and setting PB’s so this was always going to be on my list. It’s hard to know where to set my targets though. This is what I’ve come up with at the moment:

Distance Target Current PB
1k 3 minutes 3:17
5k / Parkrun 19 minutes 20:02
10k 40 minutes 42:01
Half-marathon 1 hour 35 minutes 1:45:01
Marathon 4 hours 4:38:23

I’ve been running more this year than ever before, but mostly shorter distances including a few parkruns. I’ve recently entered my first proper event since 2012: the Royal Parks Half-Marathon on Sunday 8th October 2017. I don’t expect to get close to my target time, but there will be plenty more opportunities where I can put in a bit more long-distance training.

I’m representing Camfed in that event and I’ve decided (possibly foolishly) to extend my fundraising beyond the half-marathon, by saying that I’ll run 1km for every £1 donated! That should keep me busy through the winter! You can keep an eye on my progress by looking at my Strava profile.

I’m Raising Money for Camfed!

What is Camfed?

Camfed is the Campaign for Female Education, which is an international non-profit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting marginalized girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change.

Camfed works in Zimbabwe, Ghana, Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi and has already benefited the lives of millions of girls and young women.

Why should you donate?

Mainly because it’s an amazing cause, but I’m also proud to say that I’ll be representing Camfed at the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 8th October. Not only that, I’m going to run 1km for every £1 that’s donated! The target is £400 (and I think we can raise more) so that’s a lot of running!

How can you donate?

Follow this link to my sponsorship page to donate.

Want to know more?

Check out Camfed’s website, which is full of truly inspiring stories. They also have some great videos on their YouTube page.

You can also follow my training on Strava and I’ll try to keep the blog updated with my progress. 34 days to go!

Female Education & Camfed

Female education is essential for the success of every one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which outline what the international community has committed to achieve by 2030 (read more about the SDG’s here or watch this video).

That might sound like hyperbole but it’s true. I thought about going into more detail about how each SDG can be linked to education, but the infographic at the bottom of this post does that for me. Instead, I’ll talk about the charity I’m currently working for, which is making huge strides in sub-Saharan Africa.

Camfed

Camfed aka The Campaign for Female Education is an international non-profit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change.

Camfed’s tagline echoes the message above about the broad impact that focusing on female education has on society’s greatest challenges: When you educate a girl, everything changes.

Camfed often cites that an educated girl will:

  • earn up to 25% more for every year in secondary school
  • reinvest 90% of her earnings in her family
  • be 3x less likely to become HIV-positive
  • marry later and have a smaller, healthier family
  • resist gender-based violence and discrimination
  • invest in her children’s education

Camfed’s bread and butter is supporting girls to go to school, but their flagship program is CAMA – the alumnae network for Camfed graduates. Since CAMA was founded in 1998 it has flourished (they recently hit the milestone of 100,000 members) and acts as proof of the multiplier effect of female education. Read more about CAMA here.

Fundraising

Camfed has just announced its #UnlockFutures campaign, which means that any donations received between 11th October 2017 and 10th January 2018 will be doubled by the UK Government. Please consider donating to my sponsorship campaign during this period – you can find out more in my blog post and my sponsorship page.

Read more…

If you want to find out more about Camfed’s work, their website is full of resources, including numerous stories from individuals. There are lots of videos on their YouTube page and you can also read more about female education here:

https://issuu.com/camfed/docs/when_you_educate_a_girl/1?e=1060827/8837826

http://www.halftheskymovement.org/blog/entry/education-an-unstoppable-tide

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