People who have fundraised for us
To give you a better idea of what it’s like to push yourself to do a sports event AND fundraise for Build Africa, we decided to ask a few people who’ve done it before how they found the experience.
Hopefully their answers will address some of your concerns!
Kalyani & Clinton - Royal Parks Half Marathon
Kalyani McCarthy and Clinton Raminhos both ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon this year and raised over £500 and £300 respectively for Build Africa, both beating the target of £250!
Why did you decide to do this event?
Kalyani: I decided to do the Royal Parks Half Marathon while I was doing an internship at Build Africa. I have always wanted to do a marathon and Royals Parks looked like an extra special one to do.
Clinton: I enjoy running outdoors and always wanted to take part so finally did it - I'm so happy I did!
Why did you decide to fundraise for Build Africa?
Kalyani: While interning at Build Africa I was very impressed by how transparent and accountable the charity is. I think it is doing very worthwhile and sustainable work and I wanted to do something to support it.
Clinton: I am South African and came across an email from Build Africa so felt the need to support another African country.
How did you find the fundraising? Were you worried about meeting your target beforehand?
Kalyani: I was slightly worried at first because it did seem like a lot of money to raise. I decided to sell pashminas that I bought in India to help reach my target and this proved very successful. Then it was just a question of asking people and reminding them to actually go online and do it. Everyone was very supportive and generous.
Clinton: I was a little concerned but I could have paid it if needed. I wish the amount for the London Marathon was a little easier - dying to do the marathon!!!!
How did you feel after completing the race?
Kalyani: Slightly dizzy at first but then felt fantastic and had such a great sense of achievement! It made all the training worth it!
Clinton: It was a massive achievement for me, I started running five years ago and never thought I would ever do a half marathon, let alone 10k - I am very happy!
Have you got ambitions to do a full marathon in the future?
Kalyani: I definitely plan to do a full marathon in the future but will probably leave it a while until my legs recover!
Clinton: Yes, I 110% want to do one! Fingers crossed!