With a goal to raise money to build a homeless shelter in his community, an incredible South African man is going to run his way to riches for the poor, barefoot.
Graham Wells, a 44 year old man from Pietermaritzburg is going to run his 7th ‘Comrades Marathon’ without shoes.
The plan is to run from Mooi River to Town Hill, an intense 90km distance.
In a partnership with One Life Foundation, Graham launched a crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy. It’s called ‘Run for a Roof’. The goal is R250 000 which will constitute a helpful portion of the R1 million needed to build the homeless shelter in Pietermaritzberg.
“Whilst out training in the freezing cold mornings, I am always struck by the number of homeless in our city. As we complain about the weather getting colder, imagine what it must get like living on the street, in a park or on a field. These are normal people, like you and I, and for whatever reason, have found themselves in a difficult situation and, consequently, homeless.” says Graham.
“I have a dream to see a safe, friendly, people-centred shelter in Pietermaritzburg, where people of any race or background can be welcomed and empowered to make something better of themselves. By coming together to fund this project, we have an opportunity to change the face of homelessness in our City and restore dignity to those society has left behind. Everyone deserves kindness and a second chance,” Graham added as per GoodThingsGuy.
Here is the link to his cause: Run for a Roof