Why I'm Running The London Marathon
"I’d love to count you among my supporters."
Hey, I’m George, I’m an Assistant Psychologist for the NHS in Ipswich, and I’m delighted to be running the 2019 London Marathon for International Medical Corps.
Now, you’ve probably got a couple of questions for me—like, are you crazy?! Why are you running a marathon (at least that’s the one I get most often!) and, more importantly, why should you support me on this journey?
I know going for a run isn’t everyone’s idea of fun (trust me, sometimes it’s really not mine!), but running has become a really important part of my life. I love the time it provides to de-stress, to focus on a goal, to set a challenge and work towards it. It’s a great way to stay healthy, both mentally and physically, and a chance to raise money for causes that are close to my heart. Which brings me to another question: why International Medical Corps?
When I think about International Medical Corps, I think about how universal their work is. Their work is underpinned by beliefs shared across the world, such as the belief that the basics of life such as food, clean water, safety, healthcare and shelter are not negotiable—that they should be available for all. I also think of how they’re working across the world to provide these basics to people in desperately challenging conditions. The Ebola outbreak I’ve seen in the news? They’re there, treating patients and training health workers. The Syrian refugee crisis? They’re there, providing mental and physical healthcare—and have been since the conflict began. The tsunami that hit Indonesia just before Christmas? They were there within 48 hours, helping those in need in the immediate aftermath of devastation.
Their work is not confined by borders. They deliver lifesaving assistance to those who need it most, and do this every day. In this way, it reminds me of the people I work with—they don’t pass judgement, they just go to work every day to do whatever they can to help people, whatever they can to support people in need.
For me, running the London Marathon is my own small way of doing whatever I can to help those who have had their lives turned upside down by conflict, disease or disaster. I feel incredibly fortunate to have secured a place in the marathon and I’m determined to do everyone who’s supporting me proud—and I’d love to count you among my supporters.
Any amount you give will have a tremendous impact on those that International Medical Corps serves. Across the world, they are making sure that the basic needs of those who have been victim to disease, disaster or conflict are met—and you can help them do it.