Woke up this morning and the weather didn't look good - heavy rain was forecast, but fortunately it cleared by start time - 10.00a.m. - and the run was going very well until the final mile when it might have been better opting for swimming gear as we were hit by a torrential downpour. Nevertheless, we crossed the finishing line in a creditable time of 1h 39m 25s - a PB for Rachel. Thank you for all your support, and your donations have gone a long way to helping us reach our target.
St Theresa’s School is a major project by Fr. Paul Bigirwa’s organisation, “Sustainable Action For Rural Sector” (SARS). They have previously set up a health centre in an area which had no health facility or access to health care. St Theresa Nursery and Primary School has been an ongoing project since 2015.
GETA was formed by David Rose, a parishoner from St Margaret's RC church Twickenham who along with his wife Dorothea were inspired by Fr Paul to help provide ongoing financial support to educate the orphaned and underprivileged children in rural Kibaale.
As you can see, I finally managed to get round to doing the “replacement” half-marathon to make up for the Salomon Richmond Half on 18th March 2018, which was cancelled due the extremely bad weather (if you can remember back that far!) Of course, that was followed by a lengthy period of the complete opposite, with temperatures up to 34°C, which is not conducive to pleasant distance running even very early in the morning.
Message from GETA Chairman, David Rose:
Unfortunately, due to the extreme weather, the Salomon Richmond Half-Marathon has had to be cancelled. I will need to wait until after the weekend to find out if the running fees can be transferred to another event in the coming weeks. If not, I plan to do a personal half-marathon when the weather improves - no sense in letting all that training go to waste.
David and Rachel, raising funds for St Theresa’s School in Uganda, completed the Cabbage Patch 10-mile run, crossing the finishing line together in a time of 1h 39m 02s – a PB for Rachel.
Significant sums have been raised already - thank you for your generous support - and there are two ways you can sponsor David & Rachel:
Sending the best of luck to the P.7 candidates 2017 at St Theresa's school as they are the first students to sit for final exams.
GETA, in partnership with other providers, is progressing the construction of the borehole for St Theresa’s School. As you can see, the first phase has been completed and phase 2 is now under way:
Phase 1 – geological and hydrological surveys and reports. (completed 4th July 2017)
Phase 2 – drilling, testing and water analysis.
Phase 3 – supply and installation of pumping and ancillary equipment.
Phase 4 – supply & installation of storage tank and ancillary equipment.
What a fantastic effort on behalf of the whole Parish in response to this year’s Lenten Project – whether working behind the scenes, organising and managing events, donating time, talents and money – or coming along to experience our community working closely together.
Our bake sale today in partnership with Harris + Hoole St Margaret's raised a total of £216.65. What an achievement! Thanks to everyone involved: those who baked, those who gave their time and came along to help - and enjoy the goodies on offer, to all those who bought a slice of the delicious offerings, and those who were happy to just donate because they were on a diet! To the H + H staff for making their facilities available, and sharing some of their own baked offerings for our benefit. It was a really marvellous day. Thank you everyone. David Rose, Chairman.
Thank you so much on behalf of GETA to everyone for the wonderful support in making our raffle event today such a success, and especially H + H for hosting the event.
A total of £157.09 was raised made up of £122.00 from the raffle ticket sales, £18.00 donations on the day and £17.09 from the collecting buckets.
On behalf of GETA, a big thank you also to all those who bought tickets and gave such generous donations.