Why I am running for Bhopal

Neil here – hello! Last year I was 40 – I did 40 events in 2010 but this year I’m taking it a bit easier: the Paris Marathon and then I’m doing Iron Man in July; I’ll probably do some other things but nothing booked yet.

My reason for running for Bhopal is simple. I didn’t even realise it existed until my friend Paul had his hair all shaved off on New Year’s Day for the cause. I got talking to Colin (BMA Special Events Fundraiser) at that event and read some of the literature, and I was appalled at myself for not remembering the disaster. This is something that shouldn’t be forgotten and it’s only through the work that the free clinics and the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, and organisations like your charity here in the UK are doing that enables this to happen.

I already had a place in the 2011 Paris Marathon (10th April) and I figured I could use it to continue the good work that Paul did early in the year, it just keeps the charity in mind and builds much-needed awareness… if I didn’t know about it then you can be sure there’s many others like me. I only wish I’d been aware of it last year as I could have done more.

Many thanks Neil, let us know how the Paris Marathon and the Iron Man goes. We’ll all be out on the 10th April in Brighton cheering our Marathon runners on, we’ll shout for you too!

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We believe Dow must finally accept responsibility for Bhopal. Until then, The Bhopal Medical Appeal funds two award-winning clinics in the city. Both offer free, first-class care to victims of the gas disaster or the ongoing water contamination. The survivors have nowhere else left to turn – please help if you can.