In 2018, Tom and Sheila Millar joined the WDR efforts at the Belfast Marathon, raising money for Dabane Water Workshops in Zimbabwe. Tom (Communications Co-ordinator for the Methodist Church in Ireland) tells us about his experience at the 2018 Belfast City Marathon…
As an enthusiastic walker, I responded instantly to the invitation from World Development & Relief to join the 2018 Belfast City Marathon efforts to raise funds for Dabane Water Workshops in Zimbabwe. In fact, I was so keen I even volunteered my wife to join me on the walk!
I thought very little about the project until information started to come out and then began to realise the significance of it and the difference our fund raising could make .
The day itself was great fun. Loads of Methodists of different shapes, sizes and dress, from all parts of the country, some running the full marathon, others running legs (of the marathon) or the fun run, and others, like myself, did the 8-mile walk.
During the walk (which took me round parts of Belfast I'd never been before), I enjoyed catching up and chatting with long standing friends as well as making new friends. The encouragement from spectators along the route was excellent and the support kept a spring in my step. The excitement was such that we hardly noticed the time going by although I did get a lot of steps on my Fitbit that day!
There were lots of benefits - fellowship, fun, fitness, friends and fundraising. I had a brilliant day and would encourage anyone who wants to be part of making a difference to sign up, get into training and start fund raising.
I'm already excited about the 2019 event which is in support of Wenchi Methodist Hospital, Ghana. Having had two trips to Ghana I know how much this support will mean.
If you’d like to join us at the 2019 Belfast City Marathon, please get in touch! Register by 28th February to get the early bird rate.