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** HALF-MARATHON UPDATE**
Unfortunately, due to the severe snow and low temperatures experienced on Sunday the 10th, the Milton Keynes Winter Half-Marathon organiser – FQ Events, postponed the event due to safety concerns. To read FQ Events’ full statement, click here.
FQ Events have been working to secure a new date in Spring 2018. We can now confirm that the new half-marathon date is the:
18th of February 2018.
This was out of SRK Accounting’s control and we were disappointed we couldn’t compete on Sunday but the SRK Team are committed to running on the 18th of February and we will continue to train and raise money for Railway Children. If you’d still like to donate, you can do so by clicking donate.
Thank you for your continued support.
**END OF UPDATE**
If you know us here at SRK Accounting, you’ll know that the majority of us aren’t exactly the embodiment of health. However, that is about to change as the entire SRK Accounting Team will be running 13.1 miles in the Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon this Sunday on behalf of Railway Children.
We first became aware and inspired by the work of Railway Children after Oscar nominated Lion hit the screens and told the story of Saroo, a lost railway child in India and his long journey home.
It is estimated that 112,000 children, like Saroo, arrive on platforms at 35 stations in India every year. Once on the streets, these children are highly vulnerable and an easy target for abusers. With no support or protection, drugs, violence and sexual exploitation often become a way of life; often they’re even necessary for survival. These children live with constant fear, loneliness and helplessness that they can see no way to escape from.
Railway Children prevent this horrific outcome by reaching them first. This intervention prevents children from entering the cycle of relentless poverty, violence, hunger and abuse. Railway Children provide support and offer children a safe place to stay, food, clothing and medical assistance. Through their hard work and dedication, a number of railway stations now provide Child Protection Booths where children can receive the protection and support they need. Drop in centres now enable Railway Children to provide vocational training to remove more children from the streets and into paid work. A Child Protection Booth is often the difference between life or death for thousands of children every year. However, to reach more vulnerable children, Railway Children needs support to expand into every railway station. That is why we are proud to support the work of Railway Children by running this Sunday!
Meet the Railway Children.
At the age of 14, Raju was desperate to earn some money for his struggling family in Bihar, Northern India. Tempted by higher wages, he decided to take the 1,250 mile journey to Tamil Nadu, without telling his parents who were left frantically searching for him in nearby villages. Far away in Namakkal, Raju was made to work in a poultry factory in terrible conditions. He was not properly fed, forced to sleep on a filthy floor and was beaten after being forced to work long hours, before he managed to escape after 1 month. Railway Children found him at one of their Child Friendly Stations. They got to him before traffickers could and a result he was able to have a hot shower, have something to eat and wear new clothes. Railway Children then reunited him with his family.
After Khusi lost both of her parents she was forced to marry a neighbour. When she ran from the abusive marriage she only had 50 rupees (57p) in her pocket. Railway Children found her in a very distressed state at Darbhanga station. After counselling they reunited her with her grandmother where she is now living happily.
He lost his father at the age of 8. His mother struggled to support the family so he started working at a food stall to help provide for them but when the owner stopped paying him he ran away to the city to find more work. Eventually he ended up alone at Sealdah Station in Kolkata and spent 3 years enduring things no child should have to before Railway Children found him. They reunited him with his family and because of their intervention he is now safe.
She was 12 years old when she lost both of her parents. Aged 13, she was married to a local boy and faced beatings and abuse. After six months, she ran away. Railway Children found her on Platform 2 at Darbhanga station. She was desperate, distressed and in very real danger. Railway Children gave her shelter and reunited her with her grandmother. She is now safe and happily settled and looking forward to the future without fear.
Watch this space for lots of post-marathon photos!
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