To coincide with the launch of MercyHome Freetown’s new Higher Education initiative, James will be running the Wachau Marathon in Austria for a third successive year. The HigherEd program is designed to enable talented and motivated young adults to return to education, so that they can complete their school leaving certificate and go on to higher education or vocational training.

This year’s marathon fundraising effort is aiming to raise enough to cover university fees and teaching materials for the three eldest MercyHome students as they embark on their first year in higher education at university in Freetown. Our target is to raise EUR 750,00.

Training full steam ahead

This year’s Wachau Marathon will take place on Sunday, September 29, 2019. James is already training hard and sticking religiously to his weekly training programme. We hope once again to be able to count on your support leading up to the big day. We have an ambitious target, but our students are champing at the bit to get started at university and cannot wait to get stuck into student life and everything it entails.

Why run for MercyHome Freetown?

James says: “I love running, but running for a reason gives you purpose. It goes beyond the obvious self-satisfaction of completing a challenging distance; raising valuable funds really does provide you with a purpose. And there is no greater motivation than having a charity relying on you to raise money.”

And even if we fall short of our target, simply taking part in a high-profile event like the Wachau Marathon provides a great opportunity to raise awareness for our cause.

You can make a donation by visiting our dedicated GoGetFunding page or the “Get Involved” page of our website, or clicking the “Donate” button at the top of this page, where you can donate easily via PayPal, Visa or Debit card.

Get involved

You, too, are welcome to join the “I run for MercyHome Freetown” team. If you’re taking part in a running event near you and would like to represent us, raise awareness and funds, drop us a line! We’d obviously be grateful, too, if you could spread the word.