Sam runs for Hope
Sam Crawley completed a solo Run for H2O on June 14, running 11 hours and 21 minutes from his home in Bishopston, around the Community Forest Path. Ending his epic run on the Downs, Sam covered an impressive 72 km.
During the challenges of Covid-19 and lockdown, running proved an obvious way to exercise and maintain broader, physical horizons. But for Sam, it also addressed a desire to look beyond immediate local needs and do something to help others in a period of increasing global crisis.
Sam explains: “For many, these are tough times, and they are tough times for charities - local, national and international - as traditional fundraising channels and events are paused due to the pandemic. Meanwhile, the need for the support they offer is, if anything, more acute than ever with vulnerable communities further stressed by the health and economic impacts of Covid-19.”
It was this thinking that motivated Sam to train for an ultra-marathon and use it to raise money for HOPE International Development Agency, which works with rural communities in the developing world to gain access to clean water, which now, more than ever, is urgent.
“Like many in Bishopston, I've had the privilege to live, work and travel internationally, including working with a well-known NGO. It means that when I encounter a charity I want to know not just what they're doing, but how they're doing it.
“As an Engineer, I love what HOPE is doing in providing a basic, vital utility; water. However, as a former NGO worker, I also love how they're doing it; working with communities, empowering women and men, freeing up children to attend school; supporting sustainable, lasting change right in the heart of communities.
“There are plenty of amazing endeavours closer to home to support, but I decided to support HOPE, with its long international reach, for the very reason that this isn't directly on my doorstep. Sadly, there are increasing needs everywhere, but I wanted to remind myself of those further away, who are easier to forget in these challenging times.”
Sam’s thoughtful approach and extreme effort motivated others to donate, raising over £1,300 for HOPE’s next water system in an Ethiopian village called Garadida. This is a timely response for the community of 1,176 people, where access to clean water for drinking and washing hands will bring lasting change.
If you would also like to make a positive difference see: www.give.net/SamrunsforHOPE