London Marathon runners pass their target: thank you!

London Marathon runners who ran on 13 April 2014 in support of Jesuit Missions and the Jesuit Refugee Service have exceeded their sponsorship targets by raising more than £ 22,000. And the money is still coming in!

A total of 13 runners wore the Jesuit Missions vest for the 26.2 mile run. They included Vietnamese Jesuit Fr Khiet Pham SJ (far left), who is based at Mount Street in London and is studying at the Institute of Education, University of London. He completed the Marathon is just over six hours and has so far raised almost £ 3,500. Another Jesuit – Milton Costa SJ – ran on behalf of the Jesuit Refugee Service. His total currently stands at more than £1,450. He is pictured here with his Marathon medal after the run. [Read more here]

Ciara Jackson ran her first solo London Marathon, having run in 2012 with her husband and brother. She has so far raised £3,300 in sponsorship for Jesuit Missions. And Edward de Quay completed the course in the costume of Wimbledon-based Jesuit Missions’ mascot, Orinoco Womble (below), to raise another £ 1,000. Orinoco Womble

The Jesuit Missions Office supports members of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in the UK, in Guyana, South Africa, Zimbabwe and many other countries where Jesuits minister. Its role is to spearhead fundraising initiatives, provide logistical support and, crucially, to raise awareness of the plight of people in developing countries. Among the Marathon projects being supported through Jesuit Missions is Zambuko House, which is spearheading programmes for street children in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare. Managed by the Jesuits, it provides a safe place for teenage boys to live as they are encouraged off the streets and provided with training. When they go back to their families, they possess new skills and are more self-reliant.

You can donate to the work of Jesuit Missions and the Jesuit Refugee Service here. And find out more about Jesuit Missions by visiting their website.