Richard Toy


Interviewer: Richard, how did you get involved in the X-Runner charity event?

Richard: A representative for Partner West Africa (PWA) approached our group member Sarah Turrell after she completed her incredible 11 week volunteering work in Ghana, they had noticed her hard work and passion for the charity and wanted to know if she would be willing to take on another challenge in the form of a fund-raising charity event. Like Sarah, myself and our team are all very passionate about the work Partner West Africa provide, so we were thrilled to be given an opportunity to raise money and raise awareness for their great cause.

Interviewer: Excellent, could you give us some more information about Partner West Africa?


Richard: Of course! They are a 100 percent volunteer driven programme that is supported by donations alone, they receive no Government or corporate sponsorship so fund raising events are always necessary to keep their great work going. They particularly provide educational support to children aged between 4-16 years old, and at any time the charity supports anywhere up to 100 volunteers from around the world that reside in Ghana to teach essential subjects like English, IT and communication skills. The average cost to keep the centre running is around £70,000 a year, so any and all donations are greatly appreciated.

Interviewer: Is this the first fundraising event that you will be participating in?


Richard: Yes, this is the first event that I will be joining, but the rest of the team have partaken in 2 other events previously, this is definitely the biggest challenge that we have faced, and with the 74 obstacles to overcome, 10K distance in total and lots of mud, mud and mud trying to stop us, it should be interesting to say the least. But will where to buy generic cialis online that stop us? Not a chance.

Interviewer: You spoke about the team before, how do you all know each other?

Richard: We are a combination of friends, family and fellow gym members. We initially started by supporting Sarah’s volunteer work for PWA last year, and from seeing her great work for the charity, we became inspired to get involved as a group in any way that we could.

Interviewer: So how have you prepared for this event?

Richard: I have been out cycling and running up to around 10 miles periodically, which I thought was great preparation only to find it will be less endurance and distance, and a lot more climbing, swimming and getting stuck in mud, but hey ho, at least I will fitter than when I started.

Interviewer: Exactly, well the best of luck for Saturday, where can people find out more about the event and how can they donate?

Richard: The event will be taking place on Saturday 8th July at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham, and if you want to find out more information about the event, check out: www.xrunner.co.uk/events/water-wipeout/, to find out about the charity and the great work they provide, head on over to: www.partnerwestafrica.org and most importantly, if you would like to donate, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pwaxrunners where I have been informed we have hit over 200% of our target goal, so a big thank you to everyone who has already donated! Thank you.