Max Gower, the brother of murdered British helicopter pilot Roger, raised £24k by completing Sunday’s London Marathon for his Born to Fly charity.
Roger’s helicopter was shot down and he was killed while assisting Tanzanian rangers locate wildlife poachers. The Born to Fly charity was set up in his memory and supports two schools, one in Kipsing and the other in Tanzania.
The money raised from Sunday’s race will be spent on the Kenyan school, which Born to Fly are working in conjunction with TUSK and the Lewa Education Programme to fund the construction of a number of buildings in two stages. Stage One will be used to construct dormitory’s, sanitation blocks along with a kitchen and dining room. The Second Stage will pay for the building of a science laboratory, administration block, staff accommodation as well as water supply and reticulation.
Captain Roger Gower spent many an hour flying above the Mpus Kutuk conservancy and wanted nothing more than to help Mpus Kutuk ‘s wildlife, tribes and children thrive.
Speaking after the London Marathon, Max said:
“I finished in 4:54 and have attached my mile splits in case of interest. The overall time at the bottom of the mile splits is wrong because I forgot to stop my watch once I crossed the finish line. It was something of a marathon of two halves, as they say, with the first half being quite pleasant and the second half being somewhat unpleasant. I would have liked to have been a bit quicker but, on the plus side, the knees held up and I got round.
“What is more, we managed to raise just under £30k, which will go a long way to help the school in Kipsing, Kenya.
“In the time-honoured sporting tradition, I would like to finish by thanking my fellow competitors, including the post box, bus, pint of Fuller’s ale, and the chap bouncing two basketballs all the way round, who all passed me in the latter stages of the race. To the storm trooper whom I just held off in an epic battle, my commiserations.” – Max Gower
Born to Fly wasn’t the only British based Kenyan charity to benefit from Sunday’s race. Grant Ritchie raised £1.5k for Out of Afrika, while Andrew Smith raised £1.4k for African Children’s Fund.
If you would like to donate to Max’s London Marathon collection, you can still do so via his JustGiving page.