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Six of our employees, together with 833 other amateur athletes, ran, walked and jogged their way through a ground-breaking marathon in the stifling heat and humidity of Makeni, Sierra Leone on 26 May 2013 in support of the British charity, Street Child.
The event followed the huge success of the Sierra Leone Marathon in 2012, which we sponsored as part of our 50th anniversary of operating in the Lloyd’s market celebrations, in a bid to raise vital funds for impoverished street children in Sierra Leone. Some 20 of our employees participated generating nearly GBP200,000 of the GBP300,000 raised in total for the charity.
The 2013 race was kick-started by the President of Sierra Leone, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, who ran the first five kilometres much to the delight of the thousands of locals who lined the route cheering the runners on. Kiln was joined by teams from insurance companies Admiral, AIG, Chaucer, Hyperion, Novae and Talbot Validus for the inaugural Insurance Challenge; a unique team-building and networking opportunity that challenged insurers to raise as much money as possible.
It has been called the 'most worthwhile race on earth' and it is not hard to see why. The Sierra Leone Marathon is the flagship event of Street Child’s bid to raise GBP1 million to help the country's 48,000 homeless children off the streets and into education. In a place where more than half of the population is under 18 years of age and only 40% of its people can read or write, Sierra Leone’s future truly depends on its children.
You can get further insight into Street Child’s projects and the journey made by our 2013 runners by viewing the following videos.
You can find out more about our work with Street Child here.