10 years, 100 miles and thousands raised for CAFOD’s Harvest appeal

12 October 2017

Kevin Lawler running the Great South Run for CAFOD for the tenth time. Here he is standing next to CAFOD banners with a CAFOD t-shirt after finishing the race.

Kevin Lawler running the Great South Run for CAFOD for the tenth time. He is from St. Thomas of Canterbury, Fulham, and has been involved with fundraising for CAFOD for over a decade. 

This Harvest, communities across the country have been getting involved in fundraising – from soup lunches to Brighten Up events in schools. One Fulham volunteer is preparing to take part in his tenth Great South Run in aid of CAFOD’s Harvest appeal.  

Kevin Lawler, a parishioner at St. Thomas of Canterbury, will be running the Great South run on the 22 October in aid CAFOD’s harvest appeal.  

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Kevin has been running the 10-mile course ever since he first became involved with CAFOD eleven years ago. Following that first run, it has become part of Kevin’s “yearly cycle”. 

Motivation for running

Kevin said: “I am fortunate, despite my 62 years, to be blessed with good health and fitness and I simply cannot think of a better way of putting my faith into practice than through supporting the outstanding work of CAFOD.”

“The simple fact is that by doing it, it will make a difference to someone’s life.  When I’m struggling on a run, I often think ‘aren’t I lucky to be out here doing this.’”

The Portsmouth coastline is one which Kevin is fond of and combined with the atmosphere of the Great South Run, race day is always a great one: “You do get a buzz when you’ve got over 20,000 others participating.  It really is a splendid occasion.”  

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Kevin has raised an average of £1,000 each year, meaning that if people give equally generously this year, he will have raised around £10,000 for CAFOD since 2006.  As such, he is hoping to engage the whole community to support our brothers and sisters overseas. 

Kevin said: “I hope you will give additional energy and speed to my 10-mile journey through Portsmouth by your support and sponsorship.  Thank you in appreciation and anticipation of your kind and generous response!”

You can sponsor Kevin for his run on his justgiving page.   

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