I’m Meike, a passionate runner currently based in Cologne, Germany.
I’m super excited to be running the New York Half Marathon 2019 with and for Shoe4Africa – the NGO responsible for building the first children’s hospital in East Africa.
Coming from a family of doctors and knowing from my own travels in Africa how difficult it is to set up a decent healthcare infrastructure, I strongly support the work Shoe4Africa is doing. This organization founded by Toby Tanser in 1995 after his 7-months stay in East Africa is not a „drop in drop out“ type of charity, but has come to create a real difference and do sustainable work to support the healthcare system in Kenya. After 8 years of construction (local workers, local architects, local contractors) the Shoe4Africa Hospital in Eldoret was opened in 2015 and has been treating 100,000 young patients every year – by local doctors. Currently, Shoe4Africa is working on creating a whole ecosystem around the hospital: A classroom to have the kids in treatment educated while they are there, a basketball and a soccer pitch to support the kids‘ recovery and fitness (see here a recent newspaper article on the project).
As I have just last summer become a Mom myself – and thankfully my Lou is a healthy and strong little babygirl – it is my dearest wish to be able to help children who are not this fortunate.
This will be my 3rd half marathon and the first one I’m connecting to a cause: I‘m hoping to raise 1000$ for Shoe4Africa. I chose this organization also because it is comprising of a small team and is efficient in organizing its work. This way I know the money raised will not be „lost in bureaucracy“ but go directly to where it is needed.
I’d be overly thankful for your support.
Let’s go. Let’s do this!
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