Salisbury Ordinand Runs for Zimbabwe

by Gerry Lynch last modified 31 May, 2015 03:53 PM

Student at the College of the Resurrection joins 10k run to support vulnerable kids in Zim

Salisbury Ordinand Runs for Zimbabwe

Runners and supporters from the College and Community after the completion of a brisk 10k!

A ordinand from the Diocese has just run 10k to support young people in Zimbabwe.

Andy Muckle, who is currently training for ministry at the College of the Resurrection in Yorkshire, joined other students from the College and Fr John Gribben CR to raise money for Tariro. Tariro is a charity organised by Fr Nicolas Stebbing, a brother at the Community of the Resurrection. Its aim is to bring hope to young people in Zimbabwe especially to those who are orphaned - education, health, food, clothing, employment, shelter are among the chief concerns.

The College of the Resurrection is intimated connected with the next door Community, which is an Anglican religious order for men founded in the 1890s and following traditional monastic vows and pattern of prayer. It has been involved in Southern Africa for much of this time. As well as work in Zimbabwe, its community in Johannesburg was immortalised in Alan Paton's classic novel, Cry the Beloved Country, and was considered instrumental in overthrowing the apartheid system peacefully.

Fr John , tackling the run at the age of 71, said, "I attempted the run to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of Community's work in Zimbabwe.

"Tariro's aim is to bring hope to young people in Zimbabwe especially to those who are orphaned. So education, health, food, clothing, employment, shelter are among the chief concerns.

"When I was in Zimbabwe a few years back the average life expectancy of a young woman was 28 and a young man slightly older. I believe that things have improved a little since then but the fact that in my 72nd year I can complete a six mile run is an indication of how much we in Britain have to be thankful for. By running in a good cause I hope to share some of that stability and love with those who are in need."

Andy, who was a worshipper at St James', Southbroom in Devizes before starting full-time training, added, "It was a good run for a very worthwhile cause. My daughter Isla was a great supporter for us and rang us all in with the college bell!"

Donations can be made to support Tariro - and the runners - at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/frjohngribben.

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