Elfreda Whitty and Kirsty Norris both work as Programme Officers for Mary’s Meals, so they’ve seen first-hand the difference that fundraising events like The Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon can make. The pair have signed up to take on The Quadrathlon this year and, despite time-consuming field trips, have already begun training and fundraising with enthusiasm. This month we hear how Elfreda is getting on with her training.
Elfreda was in Kenya at the beginning of March and said, “I’m just back from a field trip which made training a little problematic. During the trip I visited the region of Turkana in north-west Kenya, an arid land with daily temperatures of 40 degrees or above. The region has been hit hard by drought and rising food insecurity.”
Elfreda was staying in the town of Lodwar, which is the administrative capital of Turkana County, and despite visiting some of the fifty nursery schools where Mary’s Meals are provided, she still found time to catch up on her training. Elfreda told us, “It was March when I visited, the hottest time of year running up to the rainy season which should start in April, but is not guaranteed leading to lack of food and water. There was a hill just behind my guest house and the daily climb was my way to keep up my training for the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon. It was a short but steep hill and so I decided to treat it as some good interval training. Considering the heat I’m sure a Munro during the Scottish summer will be a breeze!”
Although Elfreda sounds full of confidence she had to draw the line at practising kayaking or swimming, “Lake Turkana was close by but I quickly dismissed going for a wee swim or kayak when I heard it was infested with crocodiles!”
Now that she is back in Scotland she has been swimming outdoors in different lochs where, thankfully, there are no crocodiles, although maybe a Loch Ness Monster.
Elfreda has witnessed what your fundraising will do for children receiving Mary’ Meals and has been working on “The Tubs” Fundraising Page.
“I think about the Turkana people’s great resilience and that readily accessible food and water should never be taken for granted. I am so glad that Mary’s Meals is helping 989,791 of the world’s poorest children with a daily meal in school, where they will gain an education that can be their route out of poverty.”