A CAFOD volunteer and parishioner from Fulham is soon to take part in his tenth Great South Run in aid of CAFOD. Kevin Lawler will be running the ten-mile course on the 22nd October and we’ll all be cheering him on from Westminster diocese!
Kevin has been running the Great South Run ever since he first became involved with CAFOD eleven years ago: following that first run, it has become part of Kevin’s “yearly cycle”.
Kevin, a parishioner at St. Thomas of Canterbury, is modest about his achievements: “I am fortunate despite my 62 years to be blessed with good health and fitness and I simply cannot think of a better way of putting my faith into practice than through supporting the outstanding work of CAFOD.”
“The simple fact is that by doing it, it will make a difference to someone’s life. When I’m struggling on a run, I often think ‘aren’t I lucky to be out here doing this.’”
The Portsmouth coastline is one which Kevin is fond of and combined with the atmosphere of the Great South Run, race day is always a great one: “You do get a buzz when you’ve got over 20,000 others participating. It really is a splendid occasion.”
Kevin has raised an average of £1,000 each year, meaning that if people give equally generously this year, he will have raised around £10,000 for CAFOD since 2006. As such, he is hoping to engage the whole community to support people living in poverty overseas.
Kevin said: “I hope people will give additional energy and speed to my 10-mile journey through Portsmouth by their support and sponsorship. I’m very grateful in appreciation and anticipation of people’s kind and generous response!”
Anybody who would like to sponsor Kevin can visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kevin-lawler3
This can be done either before or after the race. Thank you.
Good luck Kevin and thanks for all your many years of support for CAFOD!