Lee Smalley is raising money for Myra’s Wells to drill another well in Burkina Faso
Meet Lee Smalley – the Marathon Man running for Myra’s Wells. He has just run 17 miles as part of his training for the London Marathon on 23rd April. Note the rain on the ground! Preparation for an event like this takes dedication and time. Rain is no excuse for not training. 26 miles is a long way, and making it to 25 miles may be good, but it is not enough. So Lee is preparing hard for the event.
What is it that drives him, and others, to push themselves to take on events like this for Myra’s Wells? Personal achievement? That is certainly part of it ..
Imagine having to walk 3km or more to get to a source of water!
But more importantly, it is the thought that it can make a difference to the lives of people in straightened circumstances in a country that is one of the poorest in the world. The Burkina Faso government figures show that over 7000 wells are needed over the next few years. And even that will leave millions still without close access to clean water. Even in the capital Ouagadougou, wells are needed. But as you move further away the need increases dramatically.
At Myra’s wells, we have been able to drill over 80 wells since 2006, nearly 70 of them in the last 5 years. We have plans for more in the next few months. We have lists of villages where there is just no water close at hand. But the wells cost money!
Here is Lee’s target
Enter Lee. He has a target of £5000 in his sights. This will be enough to provide another well. Still more wells will be needed, but the one that Lee will provide could mean another 1000 or more people having access to clean water. It all helps.
Help him to cross the finish line. He can be sponsored on his JustGiving page.
Myra’s Wells guarantees that all money donated will be used in well building projects. All expenses and administration costs are paid for by trustees.