Volunteers put their best feet forward to raise funds for China Exchange

This April, four China Exchange volunteers are running to raise money for the charity’s volunteer programme. Alex, Coco, Stephanie, and Jonathan, are all taking part in the special London race, the only half marathon that goes through both the City of London and the City of Westminster, and celebrates “the quirky and the hidden”.

Each of the runners has been training hard and raising sponsorship money, with different motivations behind their efforts:

“I chose to run the London Landmarks Half Marathon to help China Exchange continue the great work they are doing. However, it wasn’t an easy decision to make – I was born with Cerebral Palsy and have restricted strength, coordination and mobility as a result. When the opportunity to run a half marathon presented itself, I had to think long and hard as to whether I could physically do it and whether doing so would have long-term health implications. It was this indecision that ultimately made up my mind – I hated the idea of not seizing the opportunity because I was scared of the outcome or because I felt incapable of the task. I wanted to prove to myself that I am not weak and that I will not be defined by circumstance.” Alex

To match their effort, China Exchange CEO Freya has taken on a walking challenge to walk the equivalent of each half marathon for each of the volunteers – a total of 52.8 miles by the April 7 race day.

“A life-changing injury almost six years ago means I can’t join the team as a runner on race day but wanted to share in their commitment. My daily walks have given me time to reflect on the incredible volunteers who support China Exchange and how to channel the energy and dedication they bring to our work to the greatest effect” 

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