Run for READ
READ is participating in another sponsored event. What can we say? Our supporters are active! This time it’s the Royal Parks Half Marathon on October 11th in London. We couldn’t be more excited to have Pippa Williams run for READ. Pippa is a former READ volunteer who came out to Tanzania in 2011 to provide a secondary school with a library. Now she’s supporting READ again, but this time fundraising for our projects in Tanzania. Check her out below and if you find yourself in a giving mood you can support Pippa’s effort by donating here uk.virginmoneygiving.com/
Where are you from?
Ive been living in North London since the start of the year.
What do you do for a living?
Im a Grants Officer at THET, a global health charity that trains and supports health workers through health partnerships, enabling people in low and middle income countries to access essential healthcare.
How long have you been running?
Ive always been quite active & play hockey regularly but over the last couple of years Ive started running properly doing 10ks with a friend. I think weve done 3 or 4 this year!
Why did you decide to run for READ International?
I was involved as volunteer back in 2011, when I saw READ had spaces it came just at the right time with me thinking why not try a half marathon! I think an aspect I really liked about READ is that it wasnt just about donating books, there was a whole enthusiasm about getting people excited about books and in creating a space to enjoy reading through the library renovations. And I think READs transition to engaging Tanzanian volunteers is a great step (even though I would now miss out on my time in Tanzania).
Are you training for the race?
Eeeh, trying although with a fairly relaxed training plan My plan (hope) is that cycling to work and playing hockey, with a few long runs thrown in will keep me fit enough and round in a quickish time!
What else do you like to do in your spare time?
Watching Great British Bake Off is currently probably a hobby.
What is your favourite book?
Dont really have a favourite, but the best out of recent books Ive read is We are all completely beside ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler and anything by Khaled Hosseini.
There’s nothing we love more than an alumni volunteer coming back and supporting us for a second time! Wish her luck!