On the 28th of April, ITF Chief Executive Andy Egan will be running the London Marathon to raise funds for one of our long-term partners.
“I am running the London Marathon for the first time to raise funds for our partner in Uganda, Masaka District Landcare Chapter (MADLACC). For me this will be a big personal challenge. The last time I completed a Marathon was nearly five years ago in 2014.”
MADLACC was founded in 2009 and has been supported by ITF since 2012. They work with farmers, schoolchildren and community members to deliver education and training in farming techniques that support environmental protection and improve livelihoods.
MADLACC recently completed a project as part of our Sustainable Community Forestry programme called ‘Out Scaling of Agroforestry for Poverty Reduction and Improved Livelihoods’. This project focused on engaging school children in tree planting and tree nursery management within their school grounds. MADLACC also worked through these schools to reach parents and help them improve the productivity of their farms and increase their incomes.
Andy is raising funds to support MADLACC’s new project ‘Tree Planting for Poverty Reduction and Improved Livelihoods’, which is an extension of their previous work.
The project aims to plant over 108,000 trees with local communities over 3 years and to engage more school children in learning activities related to tree planting and care. The trees planted in schools will provide children with fresh fruits and vegetable leaves to improve their nutrition. It will increase tree cover in school grounds, surrounding farms and local households. It will also have a positive effect on the participants’ livelihoods; beneficial trees will be planted that improve soil fertility or provide fruits for sale.
“This will be my third Marathon and my first time running the biggest Marathon in the world”, says Andy. “My target is to raise £100 for every mile of the marathon; a total of £2,600.”
If you would like to support Andy’s Marathon fundraiser, you can make a donation here. You can also keep up to date on Andy’s training on our Facebook page, where he’s sharing videos from his training.
Have you been inspired to raise money for ITF? If so please see our ‘Get Active’ page to see what challenge you could take on!