Chris Ferguson

I'm running the London Marathon to buy a Motorbike!!

Well 2 actually! *

….or to pay for 400 eye tests and 400 pairs of glasses, or to allow community outreach teams to visit 10,000 people.

This is what the fundraising target of £2,000 that I’m targeting to raise by running the London Marathon would allow Vision Aid overseas to purchase.

Founded in 1985, Vision Aid Overseas has been helping some of the world’s poorest people to see clearly for over 30 years. Whether you are a teacher in Ghana, a seamstress in Zambia or a school pupil in Ethiopia, poor eye sight can have a devastating impact on your life and livelihood.

• 1.2 billion people worldwide can’t see properly simply because they need glasses
• 12 million children worldwide struggle to learn simply because they need glasses
• 55% of visually impaired people are women
• 89% of visually impaired people live in low and middle-income countries
• 75% of all visual impairment is preventable or curable
• $200 billion worth of productivity is lost every year because so many people do not have the glasses they need to see clearly

I have never run a marathon before and this will be a huge challenge for me, I am hoping to try hit my fundraising target as early as possible to give me enough time to figure out how I am going to be able to run 26.2 miles!!!

Thanks in advance for any contribution you can make, I’ll be in touch with updates before the big day.

*£1000 can pay for a motorbike for the hospital to use for outreach to the isolated communities, many of which cannot be reached by car.

Chris Ferguson