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Ruislip run to raise money for Indian slum dwellers

 Published on: 9th January 2019   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A charity half marathon to raise money for people living in Indian slums finished its course at Ruislip Lido earlier this month.

Local mum and businesswoman Wendy Petersen runs an IT education business and she organised the event following a visit to Mumbai last summer.

She said: “More than 50 people came together to run or walk the course which started in West Harrow and finishing at Ruislip Lido. 

“Back in the summer I went on a visit to India and on the last leg of my trip I visited the slum in Dharavi, Mumbai. It was a pretty desperate place where the children don’t have access to the 21st century style classrooms which we take for granted back in the UK. 

“As a technology educator with over 20 years’ experience, I knew that I could help the children there in some way. That’s where the idea for Donate4Dharavi came from.

“What started off as just a few friends getting together to do a small charity run expanded to almost 60 people taking part of all ages and abilities! The great thing is we were joined at different points on our run by people who ran their little bit of the race with the aim of us all meeting on the finish line. It was a great start to the new year – keeping fit and all for a good cause.”

The Water Edge Pub in Ruislip Lido kindly gifted Wendy and the runners the use of the pub for their end of race celebrations.

Wendy added: “I have been supported by a great team of people included Nayan Patel (member of Rotary Club Northwood and West Ruislip and Charlotte Watkins. In addition, Cityhub have generously match funded our event.

“Our target of £500 has been smashed and I am excited to be going back in February to deliver some digital microscopes and graphics tablets to the school and computer suite in the community centre.”

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