World Vision Milton Keynes joggers raise Sudan cash

Half of the 16-strong World Vision team celebrate making it round the 13 mile course, including chief executive Justin Byworth (far right, back)

Half of the 16-strong World Vision team celebrate making it round the 13 mile course, including chief executive Justin Byworth (far right, back)

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A TEAM of runners from Milton Keynes based charity World Vision raised almost £5,000 for people in South Sudan by competing in the Oxford Half Marathon.

The joggers took part in the race on Sunday, September 25 to raise money and awareness of the harsh reality facing more than eight million people in South Sudan - the world’s newest nation.

South Sudan was granted independence in July this year, but communities living there face daily problems such as severe food shortages and inadequate access to healthcare. A 15-year-old girl in the country has a higher chance of dying in childbirth than her chances of completing school.

Campaigns manager at World Vision UK Ben Grierson-Hill, who competed in the race, said: “World Vision has been working across Sudan for more than 20 years and although most people in the South are happy to have their independence, families are facing terrible problems every day.

“In some areas more than 75 percent of people live below the poverty line.”

Earlier this year 1,200 people across the UK took part in World Vision’s campaign asking the British Government to prioritise South Sudan in its plans; ensuring people living there have access to decent housing and basic services, including food, health, water and education.

The money World Vision raised from the half marathon will go towards funding the charity’s work in the country.

In all the team raised just a few hundred pounds short of its £5,000 target.

If you’re interested in donating, visit the World Vision website