Ammalife is lucky to have so many committed supporters who fundraise for us in diverse ways, and one recent fundraising story has really filled us with inspiration. You may remember from our blog in June that Ammalife Trustee Saliya Chipwete had set herself the challenge of completing the Wolverhampton 5K Colour Obstacle Rush to fundraise for Ammalife. However, this was no ordinary marathon story, as Saliya had overcome great adversity to take part.
Last year, Saliya was diagnosed with sepsis and was left hospitalised and unable to walk. As Saliya is a qualified Registrar of Gynaecology and Obstetrics from Malawi, she had already witnessed first-hand the ravages of maternal sepsis in the maternity wards of her home country, but experiencing sepsis herself has brought her even closer to Ammalife’s mission.
Over the last few months, Saliya has been training hard, rain or shine, with family members and with the Couch to 5K team. She’s come a long way. Although she found her first training session difficult, she was determined to succeed; ‘I was stopping and starting but I managed 2.5k so I’m halfway there. I will get there!’
Two weeks before the race, Saliya completed a full five kilometre run, receiving her Couch to 5K medal. At the end of July, Saliya ran all 5 kilometres of the Wolverhampton Colour Obstacle Rush, tackling all 20 obstacles along the way.
Congratulations Saliya! We’re so proud of and inspired by you; we’re so grateful for all you have done for Ammalife!
If you’d like to support Saliya, there’s still time to help her reach her £3,000 fundraising target. Click here to donate via Justgiving. Similarly, if you’re interested in fundraising for Ammalife, we’d love to hear from you!