The Elton John AIDS Foundation team ran the London Marathon in support of the Foundation’s work around the globe. Our own Fundraising Manager, Glenn Horder, is participating alongside fitness icon Arron Murphy and Jeremy Joseph, owner of London’s G-A-Y nightclub, as they raise funds and awareness to create an AIDS free future.
Over the past four years, Jeremy and his staff at G-A-Y have raised over £250,000 for the Foundation. Although Jeremy doesn't like running, he chose to challenge himself with the Marathon to show his incredible commitment to raising these funds. We spoke to Jeremy before the race.
"I am very, very, very nervous. My stomach is going round like a washing machine," shares Jeremy. "But also excited about reaching the £250,000 goal. I just want to say thank you to everyone who has donated, and to ask those who haven’t to please do it.
The great thing about The Elton John AIDS Foundation is that they fund frontline programmes to reach the people that need help the most. The Foundation needs people to support this work in whatever way they can, and I’m proud to have found an effective way to help."
Jeremy has also organised a second challenge that will take place on Sunday. For each of the 26 miles that he runs, the Run for Life aims to test one person for HIV who has never been tested before. 56 Dean St will perform the testing at G-A-Y (click here for details).
How you can help
People like Jeremy help us extend the Foundation’s reach to more HIV-affected communities across the globe. Only with the support of our kind, generous, creative friends, can we continue to pioneer ways to prevent HIV from spreading and to help people deal with its effects.
Whether or not you ever run a marathon, there’s a way for you to help. Here’s how.
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