Rob leads team on char­ity marathon from Coll to Karonga

The Oban Times - - News -

FOR­MER Scot­tish Rugby cap­tain Rob Wain­wright and sup­port­ers from around the world are un­der­tak­ing an­other mam­moth chal­lenge to raise money for Mary’s Meals.

The ex-rugby star-turned-farmer and 370 par­tic­i­pants have signed up to a ‘ vir­tual’ event to raise money to con­tinue feed­ing an en­tire school of hun­gry chil­dren with Mary’s Meals for a fur­ther three years.

They are hop­ing to raise £ 30,000 by clock­ing up a to­tal dis­tance of 5,555 miles – the equiv­a­lent of cy­cling from Coll, where Rob lives, to Malawi – be- fore Oc­to­ber 27. Par­tic­i­pants will cy­cle, run, swim or row any dis­tance as part of the chal­lenge, which is mapped out on­line, and can do so in­di­vid­u­ally or as a team.

Among the 370 tak­ing part are Scot­tish rugby play­ers, dou­ble Olympic gold rower Heather Stan­ning and record-break­ing long- dis­tance cy­clist Mark Beau­mont.

In 2014 Rob and a team of eight friends com­pleted a gru­elling 811-mile cy­cle across the High­lands in eight days.

The money raised from that event al­lowed Mary’s Meals to pro­vide daily meals to pupils at a school in Karonga, Malawi, over three years.

Rob and sup­port­ers have so far raised £15,000 from their lat­est fundrais­ing ef­forts and hope to dou­ble that amount to al­low them to cover the cost of fund­ing meals for the 1,050 pupils at Ka­soba Pri­mary School for an­other three years.

Rob and a team of around 25 cy­clists stopped off at the Mary’s Meals head­quar­ters in Dal­mally last Fri­day (May 19) as part of a cy­cling week­end where they plan to cover 200 miles over three days as part of their lat­est chal­lenge.

Rob said: ‘ We were in­spired to fund- raise for Mary’s Meals again be­cause of the mas­sive dif­fer­ence we know one meal can have on a chron­i­cally hun­gry child – help­ing them to stay alive and giv­ing them the en­ergy to learn so they have the chance of a bet­ter fu­ture.

‘ We’re de­lighted with the sup­port we have re­ceived so far for our Coll to Karonga Chal­lenge and we hope that by high­light­ing this event more peo­ple will be mo­ti­vated to get in­volved with Mary’s Meals, know­ing that no mat­ter what part they play, they will be help­ing to trans­form the lives of chil­dren at an en­tire school.’

Rob Wain­wright, back, with the team of vir­tual marathon chal­lengers and Mary’s Meals founder Mag­nus MacFar­lane-Bar­row, cen­tre back.

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