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Endurance athletes race 661 miles in 16 days for Christian Aid

March 14 2012 - Moses Tutesigensi, 22 and Catherine Garsed, 24, are racing from Edinburgh to London, via Cardiff, between 12-27 March to raise over £3,000 for Christian Aid.

An avid ultra-marathon runner, Moses will running the route, while keen cyclist Cat will be completing the challenge by bike.

The pair, who are both interns with Christian Aid, will be traveling between 13 and 66 miles a day, and will pass through locations including Middlesbrough, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.  They will be carrying their own kit, including food, water and clothes.

They hope to raise awareness of climate change and will be ending their epic task by handing in a petition to Downing Street to ask David Cameron, in the run up to the G20 conference in June, to work towards ensuring access to sustainable energy for all.

Catherine says: ‘We are calling on the Prime Minister to use his power to support access to sustainable energy for all at the G20 meeting of world leaders this June.  In a world where 1.4 billion people have no access to electricity we challenge him to speak up for the poorest and work for change.’

Throughout their journey, they will be carrying a banner to be adorned with over 1,000 signatures and messages for parliament, to promote and support Christian Aid’s Climate Justice Campaign, along the route.  Moses and Cat decided to start their challenge in Edinburgh, where 2005’s Make Poverty History event took place, to highlight that poverty is not yet history, and is being exacerbated by climate change. 

This is an issue that affects the world’s poorest.  If global temperatures rise by 2%, experts predict acute water shortages for 1-3billion people; rising sea levels that could flood 18% Bangladesh; and 30 million people going hungry as agricultural yields fail globally. Moses and Cat are therefore ‘racing’ to London to get this message to politicians because the urgency of addressing climate change.

Moses explains: ‘The idea came from wanting to do the 135-mile Badwater ultramarathon in Death Valley, California.

‘My fellow interns and myself were discussing crazy things that we could do raise money for Christian Aid. Cat is into doing endurance sport too, but on the bike, and before too long, we had shaken hands on the idea of racing between the major seats of power in Britain.’

Cat adds: ‘We will have a panier each – a couple of changes of clothes, a puncture repair kit, a First-Aid kit, a couple of mobile phones each for keeping linked up and some emergency energy bars/drinks! There will also be space on the panier rack for the campaign ‘actions’ we’ll be collecting along the route. We’re supporting Christian Aid’s Climate Justice campaign, which is calling for deep cuts in global carbon emissions, and for rich countries to provide financial support to help poor countries to adapt to climate change.’

To support Moses and Cat, visit http://www.justgiving.com/run4climatejustice, and to take part in a Christian Aid challenge event yourself, visit www.christian-aid.org/getinvolved/events
If you would like further information please contact Melanie Smith on 0207 523 2416 or msmith@christian-aid.org  24 hour press duty phone – 07850 242950 

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To speak to Moses directly, please call 07507402579 or to speak to Cat directly call 07599 292141


Notes to Editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people build the lives they deserve.

2. Christian Aid has a vision, an end to global poverty, and we believe that vision can become a reality. Our report, Poverty Over, explains what we believe needs to be done – and can be done – to end poverty.  Details at http://www.christianaid.org.uk/Images/poverty-over-report.pdf

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of 100 churches and church-related organisations that work together inhumanitarian assistance and development.  Further details at http://www.actalliance.org

4. Follow Christian Aid's newswire on Twitter: http://twitter.com/caid_newswire

5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit www.christianaid.org.uk