14 Mar 2014

Stars, stripes and sprinters - father and daughter tackle NYC Half Marathon


It’s stateside-bound for father-daughter duo Abi and Tim Taylor who will be taking part in the 44th New York City half marathon on Sunday March 16th.

The spectacular 13.1 mile tour of NYC will take some 38,000 runners on a sightseeing tour like no other. Starting in the famous Central Park, lined with cherry blossom trees, Abi and Tim will be sprinting past Times Square, West Village, SoHo and lower Manhattan before finishing at Wall Street.

Their sterling efforts will raise funds for UK charity Engineers Without Borders – a cause close to Abi’s heart.

Empowering the engineers of tomorrow

A registered charity, Engineers Without Borders UK seeks to create small change, on a large scale.

Through placements in developing countries and training programmes and research projects in the UK, the London-based charity creates change by empowering thousands of new engineers to remove barriers to human development.

Abi, who holds a voluntary senior management position on the National Executive of the charity, is clearly passionate about her cause. She said: “EWB-UK achieves truly amazing things by very modest means, largely because of the belief and commitment of young volunteers.”

Helping to reduce poverty through innovation

With a small staff team based in London and hundred of volunteers working on the EEWB-UK programmes across the UK, the organisation is active in the fields of international development and engineering education, research and innovation.

Funds collected for the Placements’ Appeal 2014 enables the charity to provide placements for young engineers with partner organisations across the world. The volunteers share their

skills on engineering development projects, and support technical training and education in these communities – directly helping to reduce poverty.

Raising invaluable funds through MyDonate

This year EWB-UK will place 25 volunteers with overseas partners for three to six months. These placements cost from £3,400 to £9,000 each, depending on duration and location. Funds raised in the Placements Appeal are invaluable in enabling the engineering support to reach the developing communities that need it most.

Speaking about the charity’s decision to use MyDonate, Abi said: “We’re using BT MyDonate because there are no associated fees for EWB-UK - this means that all the money we raise goes straight to the charity.”

Demonstrate personal commitment

Abi has two top tips for fundraising through sponsored events. She offers: “Firstly, provide regular updates on social media to get people engaged and invested in the person challenge – I like pictures of muddy legs/grey skies/ routes from apps like ‘MapMyRun’.”

She also believes demonstrating personal commitment to the cause is invaluable. She explains: “I roughly estimate that I’ve volunteered about 900 hours with EWB-UK alongside studying for my MA and various part-time jobs over the past 16 months. I think that makes people more inclined to donate!”

You can support Abi and Tim through their fundraising page.

Find out more about Engineers without Borders and how they are empowering engineers across the globe.

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