Renowned Gorta Self Help Africa worker, Ronan Scully is undertaking the Great Ethiopian Run again this November, and he is looking for Longford volunteers to join him.

By Alan Walsh (Longford Leader) |

Scully has already signed up close to a dozen participants to run and walk with him on the annual event of Great Ethiopian Run, a 10km walking and running challenge through the heart of Addis Ababa on November 26.

A number of places are still left on the expedition, and Mr Scully is on the lookout for any participants who would like to join them. To take part, competitors are asked to raise at least €3,000 in sponsorship support – which will cover all costs of a trip that will also include tours of the city and a short field trip to parts of rural Ethiopia to see Gorta Self Help Africa’s work in rural Ethiopia.

With his role as a business developer for Gorta Self Help Africa, he understands better than most the challenges faced by families all around Africa: “Since I started working with Gorta Self Help Africa the entire focus has been on food – and particularly how it can be grown in difficult conditions and tough climates in the developing world. I may have had my own struggles with food in the past, but the weight loss challenges that I faced on RTE’s Operation Transformation are absolutely nothing to the ordeal that millions of Africans face in putting enough food on the table and providing for their families, simply to survive.

“These issues have come into sharp focus with the famine and drought in parts of Africa at present and especially in Ethiopia where some 10 million people and in Malawi where some 6.5 million people and children are affected with food shortages and hunger because of the effects of climate change, but at Gorta Self Help Africa we are continuing to say that while we must respond to the emergency, we can only help to bring an end to these terrible stories if we provide people with the wherewithal to live a life free from hunger and poverty. At Gorta Self Help Africa we are doing that by providing farming communities with good quality seed, by supporting the development of irrigation, and by a whole host of other measures that can give people some protection from the kinds of problems they are facing in parts of Africa today”.

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