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Church member to run London Marathon for Christian Aid

Pete Donnison from St Mark’s Church in Gabalfa, Cardiff  has set himself the challenge of a second marathon for Christian Aid this April.

Pete said, “As I go out on the long miles of training in the winter months the thing that is keeping me going is the charity I will be raising money for. Christian Aid works in some of the world’s poorest communities to help people from all faiths and none to break out from living in extreme poverty. Many of the things we take for granted, the core essentials of life like clean water, are simply not available for millions of people around the world.” Peter Donnison

Christian Aid works with local organisations on a wide range of projects including protecting people living in situations of conflict, tackling issues such as gender inequality and violence, assisting people to deal with disasters and enabling people to bring themselves out of poverty through business, agriculture and education.  In 2013/14 I worked for Christian Aid and experienced first-hand the excellent work which they do and I encourage you to give as much or as little as you can to support this important and worthwhile work.”

Pete first ran the 26.2 miles in the 2013 Virgin London Marathon in 3 hours 45 minutes, raising £1,500 for Christian Aid’s work throughout the world.

On top of his work as a barrister in Cardiff, Pete volunteers as a speaker for Christian Aid Week and takes part in the annual house to house collecting each May.

Pete said, “Christian Aid Week in May gives us a unique opportunity to put our faith into action. I try to take part in the house to house collecting as much as I can, as it is a great way to speak to my neighbours, to meet them where they are and to build relationships with them. It’s an opportunity to say we are from the local Church and we care enough about our neighbours living in poverty around to the world to go out and collect, and we would love to support you, our local neighbours, in any way we can also. I’d encourage everyone to get involved!”

Please support Pete to keep running for those living in poverty, even when blisters mean every step in painful!

You can sponsor Pete here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=PeterDonnison&faId=785637&isTeam=false

For more information about Christian Aid’s work, visit: www.christianaid.org.uk