James Gray enters Bupa Great North Run 2014 to raise funds for Soi Dog UK
This September, Vienna-based translator and writer James Gray will be taking part in the Bupa Great North Run 2014, the world’s biggest half-marathon, to raise funds for Soi Dog UK.
The inaugural Great North Run was held in 1981, when less than 5,000 runners were expected to take part. Organisers were astounded when over 12,500 applied and over 10,000 of them completed the very first race. The Bupa Great North Run is now the blue ribbon event in the Great Run series, starting in Newcastle on Tyne and ending 13.1 miles later in South Shields. A record 56,000 entrants were accepted from over 122,000 applicants in 2013.
James took part in his very first Great North Run in 2012, raising funds in what was a very personal quest for Wakefield Hospice in West Yorkshire, UK. This year, he has chosen to use his entry to raise funds for Soi Dog UK, a not-for-profit charitable organisation in Thailand, the US, Australia, the UK, France and Holland.
James lives on the outskirts of Vienna with his wife, Valerie, both of whom are animal lovers and supporters of various animal charities. It was thanks to his wife that James became aware of Soi Dog, a charity whose sterilisation and vaccination programme, geared towards ending the needless suffering of homeless, neglected and abused dogs and cats in Thailand, continues to grow. The foundation is also actively working on ending the illegal dog meat trade from Thailand to Vietnam and supports the Trade of Shame campaign which began in 2011.
If you wish to support James Gray and Soi Dog UK, you can make a donation quickly and easily by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/jamiegray
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