THE DEPUTY Head of the Mission at the British Embassy, Carolyn Davidson, has raised over Ł1000 (€1,500) for the Slovak charity, Návrat, by running in the London marathon in April this year. Carolyn's marathon run (she completed it in 4hrs 34 min) was her bizarre way of celebrating her 40th birthday, which fell on the same day as the London marathon.
"I thought about having a big party to celebrate my birthday, but as most of my friends are scattered all round the world it would have been difficult to get them all together. Then I discovered the date of the London marathon and thought, why not ask my friends to sponsor me instead of paying money to travel to a party," she said.
Carolyn raised money for three charities, one in Slovakia (Návrat), one in the UK (GASP) and one in Thailand (Baan Khru Noi). Friends and colleagues gave her over Ł3000 (€4,500) . Tesco in Slovakia also donated Ł500 (€750) to the Slovak charity. Carolyn and Elena Kasiarová from Tesco presented the money to the Director of Návrat, Marek Roháček, in June at the Návrat HQ in Bratislava.
Sponsoring someone to run a race, such as the London marathon, is one of the most popular ways of raising money for charity in the UK.
People offer to donate money according to how far or how fast the person runs, for example, Sk10 for every kilometre.
Návrat is an organisation that helps to find permanent adoptive homes for children in orphanages in Slovakia.
GASP is a registered charity in the UK that provides support for parents and families with autistic children. It provides an invaluable support network as well and organises trips and activities for families. Baan Khru Noi is a home for underprivileged children in Bangkok, run by an old woman, Khru Noi (baan is the Thai word for house). Khru Noi opened her house to children a few years ago and now has 107 in her care, some of whom are disabled.