Pounding the Streets for Street Children
[Read Kim Ruddock's account of the day here]
University of Leicester student recently made a marathon effort on behalf of the
street children of India.
Ruddock, a third-year mass communications student, ran in the Adidas
Flora London Half-Marathon at the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit on
Sunday, March 2.
was raising money for the Indian children's charity SKCV (Street Kids Community
Villages) and had appealed for sponsors to back him.
said: "I made the decision to run the half-marathon after my application
for the full London marathon was unsuccessful. I've been running consistently
for about 2 years now but only considered doing a race in the last year or so.
decided to raise money for the Indian children's charity SKCV (Street Kids
Community Villages) through taking part in the race. The reason for my choice
comes from my links with the charity through my involvement in a three-week long
Dorset Youth Council trip to India made in January 1999 called 'Gateway to
in India I visited three children's charities in the cities of Delhi, Calcutta
and Vijayawada (where SKCV is based) all of which were involved in some way with
street children in India. The work that I carried out made me realise how
privileged a lifestyle I had been born into and how lucky I was to grow up in a
secure and loving family unit.
street kids there is no formal structure to their lives, no protection from the
more unpleasant aspects of human existence. Day and night they are forced to
live by their wits, having infrequent, if any, contact with their families. Charities such as SKCV are there to give these children protection, and
provide an environment to allow them to grow and develop their social and
practical skills so that they are given a better chance in life than the city
streets could ever offer."
can contact Kim on 07816 645 290.
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"I had an absolutely amazing day at Silverstone, and finishing the race gave me an enormous sense of achievement - I couldn't stop grinning for at least a couple of hours after I'd crossed the finish line!
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