Running to save the rainforest

Rachael Elizabeth Ashcroft tells us about her 10k run raising funds for Cool Earth

WHAT DID YOU DO?
I competed in a 10K race around the Meadows in Edinburgh, a beautiful stretch of parkland right next to the main university campus. The 10K was part of the wider Meadows Marathon 2015 event, which is run by student volunteers and aims to raise as much money as possible for charity.

WHY DID YOU CHOSE TO RAISE MONEY FOR COOL EARTH?
I have supported the work of Cool Earth for a while now. This year I wanted to raise money for a charity which benefits both the health of the planet and the people that inhabit it. Cool Earth fits this description perfectly with its committed plan of action that helps indigenous rainforest villages protect their own habitat.

BEST BIT?
The best part of the fundraising experience was definitely receiving as many donations as I did! Sometimes I worry that climate change denial has an adverse effect on the work that charities like Cool Earth are carrying out. It was nice to receive so much support from people who genuinely believed in the importance of saving rainforest.

WORST BIT?
The hill that I had to run up four times as part of the 10K circuit! In my head it wasn’t as steep as it actually turned out to be during the race…

ADVICE TO OTHERS?
If you truly believe in the importance of something, then fundraising for it can be a very rewarding experience – not just for the charity involved, but for yourself as well! Over three months, I got a lot fitter and had lots of fun on the day running alongside hundreds of other people raising money for great causes. You can do something good for yourself at the same time as helping other people.

“This year I wanted to raise money for a charity which benefits both the health of the planet and the people that inhabit it.”

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