Scottish fundraiser beats challenge and fundraising target for Kenyan charity

Gathimba Edwards Foundation
Callum Walker (left) after finishing his latest challenge and Jelegat Rotich (right), the young Kenyan he fundraises for.

Gathimba Edwards Foundation supporter Callum Walker has successfully completed his latest annual challenge to raise money for the young Kenya girl he sponsors through the Aberdeen based Kenyan charity.

Each year, he aims to complete a challenge of increasing difficulty, to help him continue to support 12-year-old Jelegat Rotich, who sadly lost her father in 2014 due to Aids. Her mother is also infected, and previously she, along with her family were sleeping in awful conditions, struggling for the most basic food and essentials and not able to attend school due to lack of funding to pay the school fees.

Support through the charity has helped change life for the family dramatically. A new house has been built so they can now sleep in a proper bed in a safe and warm environment, and her along with her siblings are all in school.

The charity has also been able to help them start growing their own food for personal consumption and to earn an income. 

For this year’s challenge, he set off at 1am on Saturday (July 7th) from Neptune’s Staircase in Fort William on one of Scotland’s toughest running challenges, running the 71 miles to Inverness.

This year, despite adding an extra 3km after getting lost, he completed his challenge after running 117km in 17 hours 34 mins.

Callum has already surpassed his £710 target, but if you would like to support his fundraising campaign to help Jelegat and her family, you can do so by visiting his TotalGiving page.

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