Congratulations to all the Panos runners who raced to the finish line in the Bupa London 10k on Monday 31 May. It was the charity's first ever Bupa London road race and the atmosphere was fantastic.
Cheered on by Panos London staff and volunteers, Executive Director Mark Wilson pounded the streets of the capital in a team of 10 while raising vital funds to help people around the world speak out about issues affecting their lives.
Panos London promotes the participation of poor and marginalised people in finding solutions to key issues in developing countries through dialogue and debate. It works with the media to amplify the voices of people most affected by today's most pressing development issues including climate change, HIV and AIDS, global trade and conflict.
Mark, who had never run in a road race before and completed it in just over 54 minutes, said: "I was inspired by the charity's recent success in the Virgin London Marathon and I was thrilled to be running alongside my colleagues and Panos London supporters. I would like to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers who sweated it out to boost vital funds while increasing awareness of Panos London in the UK.
"Communicating how we feel about issues affecting our lives is something that many of us take for granted but millions of people around the world never get the chance to have their voices heard. Going the distance for Panos London supports crucial communications work in areas such as public health and the environment."
Panos London's Director of Fundraising, Enzo Martinelli said: "The funds will help us ensure that disadvantaged people can develop the skills to confidently present their views to decision-makers and be part of the solution every step of the way.
"Part of the funds raised will go towards the reconstruction and work of Panos Haiti to support local communities to speak out about their needs following the devastating earthquake."