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This month’s fundraising hero – John Corrie

Running the London Marathon…for fun…is he serious? Yes, he is, but it is for a great cause, John Corrie is fundraising for children in Malawi.

What inspired him?

John has always loved running.  But it is easy to let slip as life can get in the way. 

However, when the Covid Pandemic hit, John found himself working from home and with more time on his hands, decided it was time to start running again.  

John Corrie 2 Sq

How did he do it?  

Training for the monumental effort of a marathon is challenging at the best of times…. but in the middle of a pandemic…

John explained it was about finding motivation.   

“I threw myself into it and quickly got accustomed to getting out and just enjoying myself. I needed to find ways of motivating myself, so I signed up to several virtual challenges to keep my legs moving and improve my fitness. Before I knew it, I had run my first half marathon which I thoroughly enjoyed”.    

John has always had a special connection to Malawi.    

He was born in England but moved to Malawi when he was a couple of weeks old as his parents both worked in the country.   

In the 18 years he lived in Malawi, John always tried to involve himself in the community, supporting local charities and partaking in fundraising events.

John was excited about fundraising for Open Arms Malawi as he knows the difference that his efforts will make. 

“I have always wanted to run to raise money for a charity but I was determined to do it for a charity that is not necessarily as well known as the more popular ones that secure places in Marathons, and being able to raise money for a country I love makes all the difference”. 

He was also inspired by Open Arms work in Malawi.   

“The work that Open Arms Malawi do is amazing and crucial in supporting local communities across Malawi, this really does make a positive difference.”  

John Corrie 3 Sq

Is he excited?  

John is looking forward to the challenge, sense of pride and achievement upon completion.  He also enjoys the challenge of training for the marathon.  

Anything to fear?  

He is not looking forward to running without his running pal who could not get a place this year and worries about motivation towards the end of the run.  

It is a monumental effort by John and truly inspirational he is showing this level of dedication and commitment, helping to raise much-needed funds for a Malawi Charity.  

Do you really need any more motivation to sponsor him?  

Ok, well this is his first marathon.  

Help him on his incredible journey to achieve his target of £1000 minimum.  

You can support John by clicking here.   

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