It was without precedent, the hottest London Marathon on record with temperature reaching 26 degrees centigrade on Sunday 22 April 2018.
Thousands of runners from the elite to the amateur, all running with one aim in mind, to complete the 26.2 miles. For FOAT’s three runners, Rachel, John and Graeme (pictured left to right), it was not about setting speed records but about raising the profile of the charity and funds for Amani. As Graeme said after the race;
“focussing on the needs of the families with disabilities and the extraordinary work that Amani does to help them, kept me going, despite the challenges of heat and exhaustion”.
FOAT trustees are very grateful to the ‘Marathon three’ and delighted to report that their combined efforts to date (30 April) have raised over £5k for Amani. Well done Graeme, Rachel and John.
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In March 2017 Graeme and Amy ran the half marathon for Amani Centre and in doing so generated a lot of publicity within the church community and across the region. Their story was picked up by local press and media organisations. Their fundraising page and news coverage can be viewed here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Fancourts. http://www.sloughobserver.co.uk/news/15155559.Vicar_and_wife_tackle_African_crisis_with_half_marathon_appeal/
The Oxford Diocese and a local Reading Charity provided funds totalling £5,000 (£4K from Oxford Diocese and £1K from a local Reading Charity).They were donated and sent to Amani in early January to support ecumenical outreach work in four villages.
In December 2017, as in previous years, Friends of Amani Tanzania will sell special Amani Centre Christmas cards via the Trustee's networks.
Friends of Amani of receives individual contributions to support Amani Centre. Activities such as work-place, church and community centre cake sales help raise the profile of the cause and support the key Amani activities.
Barbara Bristow, a retired teacher has been supporting the Amani Centre for over six years. In that time she has raised over £10,000 for the Amani Centre. In 2015 she raised over £4,500 towards the tractor seen above. The tractor has increased the income from agricultural projects considerably. Last Year she raised over £2,000 utilising FOAT's Just Giving pages. Barbara has helped FOAT in raising funds to start the school for the hearing impaired at Amani's vocational training centre at Mvomero. Barbara makes regular visits to Tanzania and is planning her next visit later this Summer. In past years she has arranged for students from COBC to visit Amani and undertake a number of useful projects.