It’s 9:15 am on Sunday 20th May, the sun is breaching the clouds and a pale-yellow morning light is falling on Hyde Park in Central London. The park is quiet apart from the usual early morning risers, a handful of tourists that have unwittingly misjudged Sunday trading hours and have time to kill before hitting Oxford Street with intent to buy. There’s little out of the ordinary for a typical Spring morning in one of London’s best known Royal Parks.
That is, apart from a team of runners that have swapped their typical Sunday lie-in for a grueling 10k. Our group of Metis engineers are among them and are determined to strike a fast mile. Kitted-up and with several joyful (or weary) hours of training behind them, they are setting their pace, trying to keep time and thinking about the amount they are raising for those at risk of flood devastation in Kibera. The slog of getting those damp trainers on and rolling out of bed at the weekend when Netflix and poached eggs was a much better option, is at last paying off. . .
We are supporting charities (Engineers without Borders and Kounkuey Design Initiative) that are working with residents in Kibera to reduce the risk of flooding along the bank of the Ngong river. Slums in this area are continuously devastated by flooding creating homelessness and increasing poverty. We want to help improve the situation for all in the area and we need all the help we can get!
We have the means to raise money for Engineers Without Borders and Kounkuey Design Initiative through running the Hyde Park 10k with RunUK. We are also offering technical guidance and expertise.
To read more about the project in Kibera and to make a donation please visit our fundraising page.
Thank you for reading and we are very grateful for any donations that are made!