Isn’t it funny how some things work out?Jill Munro was one of our two Poetry Pamphlet winners this year.She wrote to tell me how pleased she is with the pamphlet The Quilted Universe, and to say she is giving a copy to anyone who donates £5 or over to her son’s Marathon running in Uganda in early June.
I asked her to send me the details about his run, so that I could “share it”.
Turns out he is raising money – visiting local projects and running with local people in Uganda.
Louie Munro says:
“This equatorial marathon takes us on a gruelling 26.2 mile course, with a total elevation of 1.2km, under the blazing African sun and is one of the toughest marathon courses in the World! Your sponsorship would be amazing and very much appreciated. 50% of all money that we raise will go to supporting the Henry Van Straubenzee Memorial Fund, where donations will directly help give the impoverished children of south east Uganda, the school buildings and facilities, to ensure they receive a proper education. We have also chosen to raise for Child Restoration Outreach (CRO) – one of 11 charity projects supported by the Uganda Internation Marathon. The CRO is an organisation that supports local street children from within Masaka to gain formal and vocational education, counselling, enjoy play and get medical assistance all whilst having the overall goal of reintegration back into their families. We will spend time with these projects, and see the impact and difference our participation and your money has made on the lives of people in Uganda. After the marathon, there are monthly project visits, progress reports, financial statements and photo and video updates, which we will forward to show the amazing difference your money is making.”
Having read this – I had an idea…., and having gained Emma and Cath’s enthusiastic agreement – I offered to donate thirty copies of I Once Knew a Poem Who Wore a Hat – for Louie to donate directly to the charities, or even more directly into the hands of the children he meets while running in Uganda. Turns out, he has a strong back and space between his running gear in his pack! Hoorah!!
If you would like to donate money to this rather crazy magnificent guy – here’s the link
I will stay pottering around my garden, going for gentle walks in the Shropshire sunshine and thinking about how books filled with Emma’s poems and Cath’s illustrations will soon be going to children in Uganda 🙂