The CEO of Community games John Byrne participated in the Great Ethiopian Run / Walk on November 23rd in sweltering heat to raise funds for the Irish charity Self Help Africa.
John got involved with Self Help Africa thanks to his friend Ronan Scully, the well-known former “Operation Transformation” contestant and past Community Games participant.
Ronan Scully now works as a charity fundraiser with Self Help Africa and persuaded John to take part in an effort to raise much needed funds but more importantly to raise awareness of the plight of the 70% of people in sub-Saharan Africa where hunger is part of everyday life.
The focus of Self Help Africa is to focus on helping small farming communities to grow more food on a sustainable basis with the right knowledge and inputs. It is long term development, helping people in effect to grow their way out of hunger and poverty.
As the name suggests, Self Help Africa believes that the solution to one of the biggest challenges faced by Africa is in the hands of the people themselves by providing African farmers with better access to training and solve a problem that should not exist in the 21st Century.
John said his experience in Africa was “both humbling and motivating”. He said that “the work being done by Self Help Africa is phenomenal and I feel privileged to be a part of it in some way.”
Thank you to everyone who supported Self Help Africa and who supported John in his strict diet and training regime in the months leading up to it!
To find out more about Self Help Africa contact Ronan Scully on 087 6189094 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.selfhelpafrica.org
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