On Sunday 21st October I will take my place as one of approx. 1500 runners to run 21.4km through the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang in Laos in support of Lao Friends Hospital for Children.
Laos has the highest child mortality rate in all Southeast Asia, with one out of 15 children not reaching their fifth birthday. Most die from preventable conditions and treatable diseases, such as malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea. Many years of conflict and poverty have stalled health care development, and poor public infrastructure combined with high mountainous terrain present a constant barrier for children and families to access high-quality health care.
Friends Without A Border (Friends), a non-profit organisation, established Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC) in February 2015 with the intent to establish a locally-sustainable hospital for the Lao people. The hospital now provides free medical care and health education to approx. 20,000 children in northern Laos each year. Patients and their families often travel long distances, up to 8 hours, to receive the medical care available at LFHC. Every child is treated with high-quality and compassionate medical care, following the motto of "treat every patient as if your own child."
All money raised from this event will be supporting this very worthwhile cause. If you are willing to help me towards reaching the finishing line by making a donation, however small, this would be greatly appreciated.
More information on Friends and LFHC can be found here: https://fwab.org/laos/
Many thanks for your support!