Jane is running the Atlantic Coast Challenge.
£55 raised
18% of £300 goal
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4 Years running

On 5th October 2014, I am running Day Three of the Atlantic Coast Challenge to raise money for the Freedom Runners Project.  This is a tough 26 mile run along the 'undulating' Cornish coast path, from St Ives to Lands End.

The Freedom Runners Project was founded by ultra-marathon extraordinaire, the Marvellous Mimi Anderson, as a social enterprise supporting teenage girls in the Free State Province of South Africa.  It will gainfully employ a dozen South African women to manufacture affordable, re-useable sanitary products for around 1500 school girls in their community.

The social stigma towards menstruation and lack of affordable sanitary products mean that around 1 in 3 South African girls are unable to attend school while they are on their period.  This can mean they miss out on around 5 days of school each month and eventually drop out altogether, as they are unable to keep up.

The Freedom Runners Project is NOT a hand out.  It is a sustainable solution, designed by women, to enable women and girls to empower one another through education.

While I am completing my 'tough' coast path challenge, Mimi Anderson and Australian ultra-runner Samantha Gash will be mid-way through the challenge of a lifetime; a 2350km run across the Freedom Trail in South Africa.  This will take them 32 days and is the equivalent of 64 back-to-back marathons, a truly inspirational feat and one I will be trying to keep in mind as I struggle around the infamous inclines of the Cornish coast!

For more information on the Freedom Runners Project, and Mimi and Samantha's amazing challenge, visit http://www.freedomrunners.org.

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