A philanthropist at heart I am always looking for ways to help others, normally by taking on crazy challenges that cause me extreme pain and misery in exchange for donations. My latest mission is taking place in Sierra Leone where I will be running a marathon next year (yes, me! the couch potato who hates running, is running a marathon in 30 degree heat and 90% humidity!!).

I am running a marathon for Street Child, who work across 16 of the poorest countries in the world giving kids access to a safe home and an education. You can find more details of it here. But that isn’t the only project I have going on at the moment! I am also building a school! Well… I’m just raising the funds for the school. Again, you can read more about it here.

Read up on why I am going to Sierra Leone
Read up on why I’m building a school

Why all the fundraising?

People often ask me why I feel compelled to help others and the truth is I don’t have a good answer. I suppose I help because I can, and one day I might not be able to. I feel very strongly about education because it is quite possibly the most important tool that will allow us to make what we want of our lives, and it is tool that we all too often take for granted.

I had a very troubled childhood, the kind that has left invisible scars that have taken years to heal. However, I was able to work through it and become successful in spite of it thanks to an education. I had a way out. Many kids across the globe don’t have that option. They don’t have access to a school, they don’t have the means to improve their lives or those of their communities, and I want to change that. I believe every kid deserves access to universal education. That is why I am fundraising for Street Child and building a school, and that is why I would like to ask you to come on this journey with me!

So sign up for a Street Child event, make a donation to my pledge, or simply drop me an email with any other idea you might have.