On 21 May 2005, one of Sister Joan’s supporters, Megan Payne,
competed in the 2005 Great Wall Marathon in China to raise funds
for Sister Joan’s work.
This was the second marathon effort by Meg for Sister Joan. In 2002,
she ran the Bangkok marathon and, with the support of those who
sponsored her, raised sufficient funds to buy Sister Joan a much
needed vehicle to assist with her work. Additional funds raised
were used in the various projects run by Sister Joan.
The Great Wall Marathon was held in Huangyaguan which is about three
hours drive from Beijing. It began with a 5 km run uphill to the
steps of the Great Wall, followed by a climb up sections of the
Wall. A run through the picturesque local villages then back up
another mountain before heading to another hill. After the hill,
it was back onto the Wall for more climbing, finishing up with a
5 km downhill run to the finish line. For Meg, it was an extremely
difficult but definitely memorable race. She completed the full
42.125 km marathon distance.
“The race hosts in China did a fantastic job of organising
the event”, she explains. “The local children and people
in the villages smiled and cheered us on as we ran past and runners
spurred each other on just when we were hitting personal walls.
The atmosphere was something I will never forget. I would like to
thank everyone who helped to make this event possible. Without your
support, there’s no way that Sisterathon 2: Great Wall Marathon
would have taken place.”
All funds raised by Meg go to assist Sister Joan in her work in
the Klong Toey slums. You can still donate as part of Sisterathon
2. Donations can be made via PayPal (using the link on the How
Can You Help? page) or directly into a Presentation Slums Mission
bank account. Questions about Sisterathon 2 or making donations
can be sent to: email@example.com
Every donation goes a long, long way....