Our goal is to help create opportunities through education for some of the most vulnerable children in the world. We work directly with street children in their own environment towards reunification with their families, reintroduction to education & the creation of a sustainable home-life for their ongoing upbringing. From 2010 to 2012 we helped more than 10,000 children gain access to education.
Makeni, Sierra Leone
29 Jan 2014
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Medical professionals to support fundraising marathon in Sierra Leone needed.
Join our team providing medical cover in a developing country and help Street Child improve the lives of vulnerable children in West Africa
Makeni, Sierra Leone
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The Street Child of Sierra Leone Marathon 2014 is an ambitious project and we need medical help to stage it. It’s more than just a run. We invite runners to join Street Child in Makeni, Sierra Leone to see and assist with the work we do in country, and to get involved with the local community. All of this takes place in a developing country with a basic medical infrastructure.
The race covers tough but beautiful terrain, invariably with high temperatures and humidity. The route is classed as a category “black” marathon - a marathon where serious consideration should be taken to safety provision. For this reason medical support is vital. Over the last 2 years, under the guidance of a Medical Director (to be appointed), groups of medical professionals from the UK have travelled to Sierra Leone to help out. When joined by local medics and nurses, mining corporation paramedics and medical students, this team have provided essential cover to the marathon. More importantly, previous teams can testify that they have have had an amazing adventure, providing a great talking point for grand rounds on their return!
Most of the action for the medical team takes place on race day, where teams set up makeshift medical stations around the course, providing first line medical care to the runners. This is co-ordinated from Medical HQ, the headquarters for ongoing treatment, and communication centre to each of the medical stations.
Sierra Leone is very much a developing country - supplies and equipment are limited and expertise is varied. This is a challenge, but one worth taking on. Outside of race day, the medical team will be involved in procuring equipment, medical briefings to international runners, and manning clinics offered to local runners on registration day. Another important job for the team is spending time chatting to the runners before the race, providing reassurance and advice, usually over a local beer.
We would like motivated people who like the sound of this event to travel out to Sierra Leone for between 1 and 4 weeks to help us organise the 2014 Sierra Leone Marathon. We do ask that you fund your own trip but in return we will give you your own ‘experience of a lifetime’ seeing and assisting with Street Child projects in urban and rural Sierra Leone, taking part in a week of festivities in Makeni and you still get to finish on a high joining our West African beach party and retreat!
Dates are pretty flexible, the marathon is on Sunday 25th May so a 10 day trip could fly on the 19th and return on 28th May 2014.
Register your interest with firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide any more information you wish. For those based in and around London we hope to organise a Meetup late in February 2014 to pass on more information. Please look at out our Facebook page to see videos and testimonials from the last 2 years: https://www.facebook.com/SierraLeoneMarathon.
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