15th September 2000

 

BAREFOOT RUNNER BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN

 

An African student is to run barefoot across lowland Scotland to raise funds for a new school in Malawi.

 

Martin Nthakomwa, a postgraduate management student at the University

of Lincolnshire & Humberside, has already raised £32,000 by running from Lincoln to Sheffield last summer and by fasting for two days at New Year.

 

To complete a hat-trick of charity stunts he now plans to run from Edinburgh to Perth on 14th and 15th October in a bid to collect the £50,000 he needs to pay for the new school single-handed.

 

Martin is in Lincoln to learn business skills in order to help educational organisations in Malawi on his return - in particular the school set up last year by his parents in Karonga for poor children who have no education.

 

“I think I’ll be doing about six or seven hours barefoot each day,” said Martin, who will be driven back to Edinburgh to stay overnight on 14th October before resuming his journey the following day.

 

His final destination will be the Methodist Church in Perth, where he will get some well earned rest after his two-day double marathon feat.

 

“I hope I’ll be able to raise between £15,000 and £20,000 from this run,” he said. “But at the end of the day it’s not just the money that matters - it’s also raising awareness of the plight of ordinary people in Malawi.”

 

The school project in Karonga needs a further £20,000 before the buildings are completed and another £10,000 for equipment and resources. “If the funds are available we want the school to be roofed by November, before the start of the rainy season, and open some time next year,” said Martin.

 

If you would like to pledge a donation to Martin’s cause call him on 01522 809087, send donations to Nettleham Methodist Church Office, High Street, Nettleham, Lincoln LN2 2PL, or telephone the university’s marketing office on 01522 886042.

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)