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Choosing a London Marathon Charity

Choosing a London Marathon Charity

Choosing a London Marathon Charity: how you should choose a charity if you have a place in the London Marathon

The London Marathon is a great event, with so many people helping so many good causes. Supporting a charity is really entering into the spirit of it. But how do you choose a charity? Certainly orphaned children in 125 countries is a good cause, but look at what we actually do for them and you will find one rather special reason to choose SOS Children. Look at our low admin and fundraising costs (since we mainly raise money online) and our promise to pass 100% of funds raised onto a project of your choosing and you have two more reasons!

Sadly, SOS Children does not have any charity places in the Virgin London Marathon 2010; we tried again but there is a grandfathering system which gives charity places to the same people every time. We therefore encourage people who have successfully applied for a marathon place through the ballot choose to run on our behalf. Already nine wonderful ballot place runners have chosen to run this year's London Marathon on behalf of SOS Children, pledging to raise thousands of pounds for our work.

We will look after you and treasure you! Although we are a low cost efficient office and do not spend our donors money on team training, pre-marathon pasta parties and post-marathon sports massage, we do take a great deal of care to ensure our runners' sponsorship makes a real difference to orphaned and vulnerable children around the world. We will provide you with a complimentary light-weight SOS running vest or t-shirt, facilitate your sponsorship through justgiving or virgin money giving, keep in touch to support you through your training and be there to cheer you on when Sunday 25 April arrives. If you would like your sponsorship to benefit a specific SOS Children's Village or outreach programme (for example, our work caring for children whose lives will never be the same after the Haiti earthquake or Aids Orphans in Africa), we will guarantee 100% of the funds we receive through your fundraising in this way will go to the place you choose, and provide information about our work.

If you choose to raise funds for SOS Children, please email us (caroline@soschildren.org) or call us so we can help. Or if you are disappointed because you did not get a place in the Virgin London Marathon 2010, why not sign up for another challenge? There are plenty of 10ks, half marathon and full marathons taking place across the UK and overseas, throughout the year.

Runners' world is a useful website to search for events by distance and location. Once you are signed up for an event - please contact us - we'll be glad to advise on how you can effectively support SOS Children through your challenge and help make your training and experience on the day a thoroughly rewarding experience!