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Making a difference with every mile

Anthony Fitzgerald
Anthony Fitzgerald

Since 2008, recruitment company SThree have supported SOS Children. Through a matched funding scheme in partnership with their employees, they have raised nearly £200,000 for our work around the world. One of their employees, Anthony Fitzgerald, went the extra mile during 2011 and chose to run five marathons in aid of our new Children’s Village in Zambia.

Anthony made the brave decision to run five full marathons in 12 months for SOS Children after deciding that he needed a challenge to take on in 2011. He had never run a marathon before and only began running two years earlier as a way to keep fit. He says “I woke up one cold January morning in 2009 and decided to go for a jog round the block. Two years later I'm doing strange things like watching what I eat, cutting down on the booze and giving up Sunday blasts on my motorbike in favour of three-hour training runs in preparation for running a very long way indeed.”

Having now completed all five successfully, Anthony says that his favourite marathon was the first he ran in Brighton - the one he completed in the best time. He also has positive memories of the recent run from Nice to Cannes in the South of France.  Some marathons were more challenging than others, and he recalls contending with non-stop rain in the Edinburgh marathon.

Anthony is the Head of Finance Transaction Processing at SThree, a recruitment company who have supported our charity for the last three years. During this time they have contributed a total of nearly £200,000 to a range of our projects around the world. The majority of the funds they have raised throughout 2011 have been allocated to the new Children’s Village we are currently building in Chipata, a deprived area in Zambia’s eastern province. They have also been supportive of our ongoing East Africa Famine Relief Appeal, which raises funds to help families and children affected by the drought in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. In addition, the company have also supported the ‘Our Africa’ project, which allows children in African countries to film their lives the way they see them, paying for flip cameras for the children to use to tell their stories.

Through a system of matched funding, the company contribute the same amount to SOS Children as their staff, such as Anthony, raise through their fundraising activities. Their employees have enjoyed taking on a wide variety of fundraising activities. These include 10km runs, football tournaments, motorbike treks, golf days, auctions, raffles, piano recitals, cake and bake sales and dress down days. Together, their teamwork has helped to give more children a chance in life.

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