By Kiri Carter

CEO Paul Brown between Emily (right) and Phil (left) before the 42km marathon

You don’t have to be crazy to work here but it helps.

That was the thought that went through my mind when I saw Emily Burgess, our Fundraising Campaigns Manager, and her partner Phil Taylor dressed from head to foot in green spandex – that’s non-breathable nylon. Not only were they running the full Jerry Clayton BMW North Shore Marathon to support ChildFund they were going to do it dressed as part of the ChildFund logo. They certainly stood out amongst the competitors as the starting gun sounded.

Just ahead of them was our CEO Paul Brown running his first ever marathon, his knee bandaged for support. He was smiling at the beginning…

Bang! And they're off!

Before the Half Marathon began a number of us, staff and former staff and friends, shared a tube of Deep Heat. I pulled on a strap for my dodgy knee. Someone admitted to nerves. And then we were lining up behind the bright pink start line and the gun went off and that was it, we set off running or walking around the streets of Takapuna, Milford and then all the way down to Devonport – a scenic view from the top of North Head and all the way back to Takapuna.

We all finished, which in itself was a great achievement. When people have sponsored your run/walk, it makes for great motivation when the going gets tough. None of us wanted to let down our supporters, ourselves or the children ChildFund helps.

Cassandra celebrating the end of the 5km fun run!

No matter what trial or challenge we set ourselves here, we know that children in need, especially children right now in Kenya and the rest of the eastern Horn of Africa are really suffering. That those children weak from hunger and dehydration are walking incredibly long distances in the hope that there will be food and water at the end of their journey.

So it’s fantastic to learn that overall, marathon, half-marathon and 5km runners raised more than $10,000 for children in need through ChildFund. Thank you!!

Despite all the aches and pains, it was worth it. It was a stunning day and we’d like to say a special thank you to Dion and the team at Jerry Clayton BMW North Shore Marathon and our support team especially Kathy and Emma who fed us all so well after the race!

If you would like to donate to our Horn of Africa Crisis Appeal please click here. To see more photos please visit our Facebook page.

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