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MP for Tooting, Sadiq Khan announces he is to run the extra mile for the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund

Sadiq Khan on the track with children from Klevis Kola
Sadiq Khan on the track with children from Klevis Kola

Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary and London Minister, Sadiq Khan MP, will be joining over 35,000 other runners, including The London Community Foundation’s 30 strong team, to run the 2014 London Marathon on April 13th. This will be the first time he has attempted the 26.2 mile run.

He will be joining David Cohen, Campaigns Editor of the London Evening Standard, and three others in running to raise money for the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund, which fights poverty and inequality across London. The Fund has already raised £11.2 million to support local heroes who lift people out of poverty by targeting education, crime, health, and unemployment.

In February half-term, Sadiq visited the Kelvis Kola Foundation, which supports refugee and asylum-seeking families and has received funding from the Dispossessed Fund in the past. Sadiq visited Tooting Athletics track, which is used by the children from the Youth Club with the Foundation, of which he has been a patron for a number of years.

Sadiq said: “I am both excited and terrified in equal measure about taking part in the best marathon in the world – and running the same course as Olympic champion, fellow Londoner and superman Mo Farah.

“It is a real honour to run for the Dispossessed Fund, which does fantastic work not just in Tooting but across London, tackling poverty and fighting inequality. When they first asked me I was terrified, 26.2 miles is a long way!  But how could I say no to a charity that does such important work across London?”

Sadiq got a chance to practice his running technique on the track with the children. While it wasn’t exactly a Mo Farah performance, Sadiq and the rest of the team have the full support of Klevis Kola. Jess Thomas, Trustee of the Foundation said: “In recent years, funding from the Dispossessed Fund has made a huge difference to both the quality and quantity of the programmes we have offered at Klevis Kola, and hundreds of children and families have been helped as a result. Rest assured we’ll all be cheering our local MP on to the finish line!”

David Cohen also showed his support: "Full marks to Sadiq Khan for taking up the tough challenge of his first ever marathon. We are delighted that he is heading up our team of five runners, including myself, running to raise awareness and money for the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund which has helped over 600 grassroots charities tackling poverty and inequality in London." 

Click here for the full Evening Standard feature on Sadiq Khan and the Kelvis Kola Foundation.

You can find out more about Sadiq’s training and fundraising progress by clicking here.

If you are interested in running for us next year, please contact lauren@londoncf.org.uk

Published on 10 March 2014

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