Cleo starts her challenge on May 17 and will run from Keetmanshoop, across arid, semi-arid and subtropical terrains, to the coastal town of Luderitz. She will carry everything she needs, except a tent and water which will be provided at regular intervals on the way.
Cleo said: “The people of Zimbabwe have suffered so much over the last 10 years and they now have little access to good medical treatment and facilities as many of the Government run hospitals have closed down. Staff at the Howard Hospital now provide care for an increasing number of patients. They also work for minimal salaries and untrained workers often have to undertake highly skilled tasks as many qualified staff have now left the country.“
Cleo added: “This will be only the second time I’ve run a race like this, the first was across the Sahara Desert. Despite this, I’m looking forward to this challenge and doing my bit to help people in Zimbabwe.”
People can sponsor Cleo online at: http://www.justgiving.com/cleooliver or send cheques to Cleo Oliver, Department of General Surgery, Salisbury District Hospital, Odstock Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire. SP2 8BJ. Cheques should be made payable to the Salvation Army. Ends
For further information please contact
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170.