Wilson Kipsang joins Gathimba Edwards Foundation volunteers sleeping rough for fundraising effort

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Gathimba Edwards Foundation volunteers ready for their night sleeping rough. Photo: Facebook/GathimbaEdwardsFoundation

Volunteers for the Scottish charity Gathimba Edwards Foundation (GEF) are sleeping rough to raise money for a Kenyan family.

Gladys, Isaac and their 9 children live in a house with no walls or furniture in an area which is short of water and where temperatures soar beyond 30 degrees celsius.

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The Gathimba Edwards Foundation volunteers are hoping to change the lives of Gladys, Isaac and their 9 children.

So tonight (Monday, 10 July), marathon champion runner Wilson Kipsang, along with a team of Gathimba Edwards Foundation staff and volunteers, are spending the night on the mud floor with the family in an attempt to raise enough money to build them the safe new home they deserve.

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The Gathimba Edwards Foundation volunteers share stories by the camp fire. Photo: Facebook/GathimbaEdwardsFoundation

Tonight’s volunteers are hoping to raise £4,000 to enable them to change the lives of these children and their parents forever.

Update: At 2am, the rain began to fall on the volunteers bringing into sharp focus the conditions the family have to endure regularly.

Gladys told the volunteers that “Sometimes we go 10 days without food and drink only water. All I want is food for my children and a safe roof over our heads.”

Just a £4 donation can feed Gladys and her 9 children 3 meals for 1 day and if the team hit their fundraising target, they will start building their new house the next day.

Update: With 2 hours until sunrise the appeal is well over the halfway mark of £2,000.

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Gideon Gathimba and David Sagida sound asleep as are the family under the relative safety of their mosquito net. Photo: Facebook/GathimbaEdwardsFoundation/

The morning after an almost sleepless night, Stewart Miller talks about his experience of staying in the house with no walls:

If you would like to support this fundraising initiative, you can do so by visiting the TotalGiving page or via Mpesa no. 0728334447.

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