Stephen joined runners at the annual Penarth and District Lesotho Trust fun run on Saturday (May 10), taking on the 5k course around Cosmeston Country Park.
As patron of the Penarth and District Lesotho Trust (PADLT), Stephen stepped up to the challenge of the sponsored run, which is organised annually by Penarth Cytûn (Council of Churches) – and came first among the adult men running!He was joined on the course by runners from seven churches, along with a team from Penarth Library and a local women’s group, plus members of the PADLT Youth group.
Money raised through the event supports PADLT’s work in rebuilding and resourcing Teyateyaneng Junior Academy in Lesotho. Stephen will be visiting the ‘Mountain Kingdom’ in the summer with the senior group, and seeing first-hand the good work that is being done.A new library is the most recent solid building constructed with money from the people of Penarth and supporters further afield. It stands on a rocky, hillside location and just this month Godfrey Kakande, the headteacher of TY Junior Academy, has taken delivery of new chairs for the library, bought with money sent out by PADLT Treasurer Dil Samuel.
Stephen said: “Money raised by PADLT and its supporters is having a profoundly positive effect on youngsters who attend TY Junior Academy, half of whom are orphans, and I look forward to meeting the headteacher, staff and youngsters when I visit in August.”A junior trip will also take place this summer, as it does every other year, and youngsters involved have been raising money at a series of events including a Junior Schools Concert at Stanwell School.
Fun run organiser and PADLT trustee Keith thanked all the runners, and added: “This is just the beginning as PADLT tries to improve the living standards of the TY Junior Academy site, that has only one tap and with electricity only available to the Headteacher’s living quarters. There is much to do but great progress is being made.”
Although Stephen managed a good time over the 5k, the winner of the run was Sara Redwood from Tabernacle church, who had been one of the original trio to visit Lesotho over ten years ago – a trip which led to the establishment of PADLT. The Rev Peter Cox and Jeremy Dix were the other two, and both are still very much involved with the charity today.
A further PADLT event, the Plant and Craft Sale, will take place on Saturday 17th May from 10am till noon in Stanwell Road Baptist Church hall and lawns next to the Paget Rooms, Penarth.For more information on the activities of PADLT visit www.padlt.btck.co.uk