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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Runners invited to join Marathon challenge
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¬†Jesuit Missions is inviting runners from every diocese in England, Wales and Scotland to submit runners for the Flora London Marathon in 2006. For the past nine years, a team of runners ≠ many of them dressed as Wombles - has supported Wimbledon-based Jesuit Missions, raising over £605,000 for poor communities around the world. Their target in this, their tenth year, is £60,000! The Jesuits are currently working in or have links with 12 dioceses in Britain: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hallam, Lancaster, Liverpool, Menevia, Portsmouth, Salford, Southwark, Westminster and Wrexham, and have historical links with many more. Jesuit Missions ≠ which is supporting projects in Zimbabwe, as well as Jesuit works in Guyana and South Africa ≠ has 25 guaranteed places in the London Marathon. Ben Ramsden from Jesuit Missions says the invitation to the dioceses is as a result of the high profile global poverty and injustices received in 2005. "Jesuit Missions has been inundated with requests from Catholics around the country who want to play a more active role in the challenge that MakePovertyHistory highlighted," he said. "The London Marathon is an opportunity to put their faith into action. By uniting every diocese in the country, we will be supporting some of the Society of Jesus' main initiatives, particularly in Africa: helping prevent the spread of HIV through education, caring for AIDS orphans, assisting poor communities through self-help projects, and many more." The 2006 Flora London Marathon takes place on Sunday 23 April. Runners will be given help from the highly experienced team at Jesuit Missions ≠ everything from fundraising support to highly personalised training routines, recipes and more. For more information on Jesuit Missions projects and to find out more about securing a place in the Flora London Marathon 2006, email marathon@jesuitmissions.org.uk or call 020 8946 0466
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