For the first time ever, a running team of nine will be joining the London Virgin Marathon for Muslim Aid on Sunday 22 April. The young men and women will each run with a target to raise £5,000 to support the charity’s work with communities living in dire conditions within Myanmar. Muslim Aid is one of the few humanitarian charities permitted by the authorities to work inside the country.
Of the nine young volunteers and staff from Muslim Aid setting off from the ExCeL centre on Sunday, only 30-year-old Sadak Mirza has ever run a marathon before. Sadak, who manages Muslim Aid’s volunteers’ programme has completed three marathons in Berlin, Istanbul and Los Angeles as well as several half marathons around the world.
To encourage the nine runners on their journey of training and fundraising, Muslim Aid’s video department has made a short comedy video for Facebook: Muslim Aid’s Nine ‘On the Run’ for Myanmar! The film is a parody of Snatch, the 2000 British humorous crime film by Guy Ritchie. https://www.muslimaid.org/ontherun/
The runners will be wearing ‘On the Run’ for Myanmar! t-shirts on the race towards the finishing line in central London on Sunday. The funds raised will go to provide shelter, food and education for the people in Myanmar.