I don't think either of us work in journalism anymore, but I am in touch with lovely Sophie who I met while we slaved away on a 20-week NCTJ training course back in 2003!
While I toiled away on a local newspaper for two years before doing what I promised I would never do (move to PR), Sophie has been travelling the world, particularly India and Tibet. She mentioned on her FB page that she's running a 10K in aid of the Tibet Relief Fund which is an outstanding cause.
In 1959, the Dalai Lama made the agonising decision to leave Tibet, to live in exile and work towards justice for his people. Thousands of Tibetans fled across the Himalayas on foot to escape the invading Chinese army.
Soon after, the world's first Tibet support group, Tibet Society, was formed. Overwhelmed by offers of practical help and aid, the Council of the Society founded Tibet Relief Fund to provide urgent support in the form of food, clothing and medical assistance.
Through the generosity of our supporters, since 1959 Tibet Relief Fund has financed over £3 million worth of vital projects including:
◦schools, medical centres, old people's homes and libraries
◦education and vocational training
◦youth mentoring and career development
◦medical care in India, Nepal and Tibet
◦clean water projects within Tibet
◦vital equipment including tractors, ambulances and water tanks
From Tibet Relief Fund,
Dear Friend of Tibet, Thank you for your recent donation to Tibet Relief Fund, which will help us to continue our work helping Tibetans in Tibet, India and Nepal. To see more about what we do please visit www.tibetrelieffund.co.uk. Alternatively, call 020 7272 1414 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks for your support
Tibet Relief Fund.
Good luck Sophie!!