I moved to East Africa in 2011 and this blog actively chronicled my adventures and life here. I got lazy at the end of 2012 and did not post anything for more than a year. 2014 is upon us and I intend to resurrect this blog with at least monthly postings of my continued adventures on the African continent, Southern Africa, Asia and Turkey as my nomadic existence continues.
Thursday, 15 December 2011
2012 Kilimanjaro Marathon Here I Come!
So you are asking yourself WHAT IS HE UP TO THIS TIME? Well will be running the Kilimanjaro Marathon on February 26th, 2012 for charity and need your support. Your next question IS HE NUTS?
Logo for the Race Next Year
The jury is out on that one as I do eat Marmite and the mountain's name does seem to suggest that it can kill man (Kili-Man...). But I have done 5 marathons before and health permitting this will be my 6th and perhaps the most special one. I was one of the founding members of the Montserrat Running Club, which organizes an annual Volcano Half Marathon (www.volcanorunner.com) on the tiny volcano-devastated island in the Caribbean in support of various charities on the island. Sadly I was not able to make the 3rd edition on November 26th, 2011.
WHY IS HE DOING IT – DOESN’T HE HAVE A DAY JOB?
Finishing & Giant Free Beers!!
It will curtail my social life a bit in early 2012, but as you all know, I relocated to Zanzibar in Tanzania about 4 months ago to work as a VSO (Voluntary Services Organisation - www.cuso-vso.org) teacher at a Hospitality and Tourism Institute. In order to send volunteers such as myself overseas and support its work in developing countries, VSO Canada depends heavily donations from the public. For this particular event we will be raising monies for VSOs education programmes in Tanzania and Zanzibar, something very close to my heart.
IS HE THE ONLY CRAZY ONE DOING THIS?
Nope. I will be joined in by a team of other volunteers and supporters and I have been appointed coordinator and team leader for the group. Me-Team Leader! Wow, now you know they are also nuts.
WHAT DOES HE REALLY WANT FROM ME?
Open your wallets and please make a donation to this worthy cause through my personalized RUN FOR THE WORLD fundraising webpage that has been set up by VSO. The link to this webpage can be found at http://my.e2rm.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=3217800&langPref=en-CA All you need is your VISA, MasterCard, American Express credit card or a Paypal account and all donations made through the website will go directly to VSO. I have set a lofty target of raising US$10,000 for VSOs Education efforts, so any donation small or large would be appreciated. Also, as some of you know I will be 40 on December 29th this year. So in lieu if any extravagant Xmas/Birthday presents and parties, you can donate to this worthy cause instead. Still though, a new Blackberry Torch would also be nice!!