David Isaac Lewis, a primary school music teacher from London, has taken on the challenge of the Hackney Half Marathon to raise funds for Children on the Edge.
David is currently studying for a Masters in the Sociology of Childhood and Child Rights at University College London. Having felt disheartened by his observations of the larger charity sector and the big NGO approach, his lecturer introduced him to Children on the Edge. David did a little research and described how “It’s refreshing to find that Children on the Edge are small and humble, with transparency in their work”.
Spurred on to become involved, David entered his local half marathon, the Hackney Half. He initially planned on raising a very impressive £500 to help support our work with refugee children but was overwhelmed by the amount of people wanting to sponsor him. With 5 weeks to go he has already toppled his initial goal of £500 and now hopes to raise over a £1,000 with the help of his school, friends and family. £1,000 covers all the costs of educating five Syrian refugee children in a tent school for a year in Lebanon, so David’s fundraising will make a huge difference to the vulnerable children we support.
With all the extra support David’s been getting, he is really beginning to enjoy the challenge and says he feels immensely proud of the charity. He loves to tell those who donate exactly how the funds are spent. David admits he isn’t a natural at running but is taking on the Half Marathon as an opportunity to start a healthier lifestyle and is finding the whole process very rewarding.
David hopes others will be encouraged by his fundraising saying, “Raising money for a cause that you find important is something so worthwhile. It even helps you set your own goals, like being healthy, all the while achieving something amazing for those that need help.”
If you have a challenge you would like to take on to help raise funds for vulnerable children, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Challenges page where we have lots of exciting opportunities for you to get involved in.