A British man, Brendan Rendall, who is on a marathon in four African countries in aid of Malawi orphans, arrived in Malawi through the Mwami/Zambia-Mchinji border on Wednesday.
The 36-year- old Manchester trainee teacher who is joined by other four people, will run 4,000km across the coast of Africa in a marathon dubbed ‘Running Africa coast-to-coast challenge’ for three months to raise money to build a boys’ hostel at Friends of Mulanje Orphans (FOMO) Secondary School.
Rendall started running in June from Walvis Bay in Namibia through Zambia and Malawi and his marathon will end in Pemba- Mozambique.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA), Rendall said he has been supporting FOMO for nearly ten years and he decided to embark on the marathon to further help the orphanage.
“I have been in Malawi before to help FOMO and I made a commitment to help children in Malawi, I came back with the idea of running in the four countries to raise more money to help the children, especially in the education sector,” he said.
He said he is expected to raise money amounting to 75,000 British pounds (about K75,000,000 million) though his website brendanrendall.com and is hopeful that the marathon will inspire more people to donate more to his cause.
Founder of the Friends of Mulanje Orphans (FOMO), Mary Woodworth said she was grateful to Rendall and his colleagues for the support.
“We have over 3,000 orphans at FOMO. We support 14 orphan centres. We feed and we educate them. The funds raised by Rendall will go towards construction of a boys’ hostel at FOMO Secondary School because I believe education is the best gift one can give to a child,” she said.
Friends of Mulanje Orphanage (FOMO) was established in 2000 to aid orphans in Mulanje. The institution cares for up to 3,500 orphaned and vulnerable children with education, meals and health care.