Tim Webb, Toshiba BCD’s general manager, is to run the New York Marathon on November 5th 2006 to raise £3,000 for the charity WaterAid.
WaterAid is an international charity dedicated to helping people escape poverty and disease caused by living without safe water and sanitation. The organisation operates in 17 counties across Africa, Asia and the Pacific region, working with individuals and families in their communities to provide a mixture of low-cost technologies which deliver lasting water, sanitation and hygiene solutions.
As Tim explains “We take easy access to clean water for granted in the West, but for millions of people around the world the lack of water causes enormous hardship, and over two million people die from water-related diseases every year. Much of this is preventable if we can help communities build safe water supplies. Just £100 could pay a mason to build a hand-dug well, providing clean water for an entire village.”
Tim has been in training for the marathon since April this year, and is hoping to finish the race in under four hours. He concludes:
“This is my first marathon and it is a terrific personal challenge, but doing it for WaterAid has kept me going through all the training. I’d be delighted if some of our telecoms community would sponsor me to raise money for this fantastic charity, and help make a genuine difference to the lives of people across Africa and Asia.”