Running for a Cause
By Liam Mooney, Founder of Fit For Business with Fred Marshall (Member of Fit For Business).
It was great to see so many Fit For Business members run the Standard Chartered 10km and marathon last Friday morning. It was estimated that there were over 20,000 participants. The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is more than just a race now, it’s one of the biggest social events on Dubai’s sporting calendar. Many runners were running for fantastic causes with over 145 different nationalities represented. It just shows the power of sport to bring people together.
The Standard Chartered Marathon calls itself ”the world’s richest race.” The men’s race was won by Ethiopian Tsegaye Mekonnen for the third year in a row. The 18 year old is an inspiration to young people as to what they can achieve in sport and in maintaining their health. For coming first he has a tidy USD 200,000 to play with. Other Ethiopians also performed very strongly. The women’s race was won by Ethiopian Mula Seboka. She takes home a USD 200, 000 prize.
Standard Chartered has also donated money to a charity called Seeing is Believing which helps those with deteriorating eyesight have corrective treatment. This event is a fantastic opportunity to raise funds for worthy causes. We would like to share the cause of one of our members Fred Marshall as it’s particularly touching. Here is his story..
“I ran the Standard Chartered 10km for (http://www.gofundme.com/SaveDanielsSpine). If you go to this site you find the full story, but in particular this caught my eye ….
On January 6th 2014, Daniel, his sister Claudia and her little dog Didi, along with Claudia’s friend Dominique, were driving home after spending December away on holiday. Along the way home, the vehicle they were driving in, was involved in an accident. Claudia’s friend Dominique, thankfully survived the accident suffering moderate injuries, but is devastatingly grief stricken, and is being supported by her friends and family. Very sadly however, Claudia, and her little dog Didi, have both passed away from their injuries at the scene of the accident.
As a new father myself, I was overcome by the sense of loss that these parents must be feeling and the fear of losing their son as well and now the long road to both physical and emotional recovery is ahead. The one way I/we can help is to assist with their looming financial burden to give them the mental room for recovery.
I don’t know them personally, but one of my best friends are good friends with them and they have been portrayed as a wonderful, warm and loving family with open hearts and open arms to all.
I only hope that this story touches as many people as possible.
Thanks and regards
So thank you to Fred for highlighting this story and we wanted to help share his cause to members and our wider networks.