Specs de­signer has his eye on marathon fundrais­ing ef­forts

Grandad to take part in 90km run in South Africa to boost funds for AIDS char­ity

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

The Com­rades Marathon will take place in South Africa and Will Luff of Seer Green, a father of four and grand­fa­ther of three, will com­pete in the gru­el­ing 56 mile race from Pi­eter­mar­itzburg to Dur­ban.

He is set to raise money for the Hill­crest AIDS Cen­tre Trust lo­cated along the route.

Mr Luff has de­signed glasses for films such as Harry Pot­ter, James Bond and the BFG, and will also make a gift of 50 pairs of read­ing spec­ta­cles to grand­moth­ers liv­ing close to the marathon route, many of whom care for or­phaned grand­chil­dren.

In prepa­ra­tion for the big event, Mr Luff has to com­plete more than 100 miles of train­ing each month and could lose al­most a stone in weight in ad­di­tion to bat­tling blis­ters and the ef­fects of blaz­ing heat dur­ing the race it­self.

He said: “The Com­rades is not only the world’s old­est ul­tra-marathon, but also the largest.

“It takes loads of will power to race 90km in the African heat, so run­ning for a char­ity like the Hill­crest AIDS Cen­tre Trust gives me the in­cen­tive to keep on go­ing when the go­ing gets tough.

“HACT works right at the cen­tre of the world’s HIV/ AIDS pan­demic and when I saw their projects last year, I was so moved that I wanted to give back in some way.

“The funds will go to­wards HACT’s Respite Unit which treats end stage AIDS pa­tients and sup­port groups for grannies and chil­dren af­fected by HIV and AIDS.”

Olivia Myeza, CEO of HACT said: “We are de­lighted that Will has cho­sen to use this op­por­tu­nity to raise funds and aware­ness for Hill­crest AIDS Cen­tre Trust.

“In­ter­na­tional sup­port and com­pe­ti­tions like the Com­rades can help to re­duce stigma and raise aware­ness about HIV/ AIDS.

“We are liv­ing in a prov­ince where just over one in three peo­ple are HIV pos­i­tive, so we are so grate­ful for any help we re­ceive to con­tinue our work.”

Mr Luff has been run­ning since he was at school, and one of his sons Matt will also be com­pet­ing in the race.

If you wish to sup­port HACT via Will’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the run, you can do­nate via: h t t p s : / / my. g i v e . n e t / com­rades4hill­crest. Please post me free & with­out obli­ga­tion full de­tails of the Alta2 hear­ing aid. Tick if pen­sioner.

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