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  • Writer's pictureMatt Woodcock

#40 Chasing.

The chief executive of Oxfam recently predicted that the cut in the UK foreign aid budget could cost tens of thousands of lives in the world's poorest countries.

There's few poorer than Burkina Faso in West Africa.

My friend, Jonny Wooldridge is trying to do his bit to keep this nation supported.

He's organising a big charity event - roping in myself and a group of other runners of all ages and abilities to ‘Chase the Sun’ on Saturday, June 26th.

Even my ten-year-old daughters are getting involved. Lord help us.

Jonny is still on the hunt for more recruits.

The race will start from Bridlington on the East Coast at sunrise and hopefully finish by sunset in Morecambe on the West Coast.

A continuous tag team of runners will strain every sinew to get there before the sun goes down.

The event will raise money for ‘Transform Burkina’ a brilliant charity which works directly with partners in Burkina Faso to eradicate poverty ‘one life at a time’.

The impoverished country has a population of 17.5 million people.

Jonny said: ‘We believe that the best solutions to the problems that Burkina Faso faces come from the Burkinabe people themselves and we work in partnership with local organisations to support initiatives in the provision of clean water and sanitation, health, education, micro credit and income generation.'

Jonny needs runners to get involed, but more importantly great fundraisers.

If you’d like to join us and take part in the event, contact him at

Check out the Transform Burkina website at

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