A Berkhamsted charity worker is running the Dover Marathon in January, to support a project that tackles poverty in Tanzania.
James Redburn, aged 22, will be travelling to Tanzania in February with International Citizen Service (ICS) to spend 10 weeks working on a development programme.
ICS allows young people aged 18 to 25 to contribute to long-term development projects in countries such as Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone and Nepal.
The scheme offers young people the chance to develop personally on projects that are of genuine value to communities around the world.
On return to the UK, ICS volunteers undertake an ‘Action at Home Project’, ensuring that their new skills also benefit their local communities.
James will team up with Tanzanian volunteers to tackle some of the problems facing the local community.
James, who attended Ashlyns School, works as an e-commerce assistant for the Hospice of St Francis.
He said: “My marathon is a way of making sure developing countries can continue to benefit from the work of future volunteers, so it’s vital I reach my target.
“I am training five times a week, running an average total of 50km.
“I’m hoping everyone will give generously to help keep my spirits up during the cold winter months.”
“The project I’m working on is run by the development charity, Raleigh International and aims to improve access to, and raise awareness of the importance of safe water and sanitation.
“This is a unique opportunity to work alongside people from a different culture who have requested help from young volunteers to fight poverty and make a difference where it’s needed most. I’m really excited to get out there.”
To sponsor James, visit www.justgiving.com/James-Redburn-Raleigh.
To find out more about ICS, visit www.volunteerics.org