Monday, 15 April 2024
Monday, 15 April 2024

Running for Independence, Dignity and Health

Running for Independence, Dignity and Health
Alessandro Marmorato

9 runners are set to embark on the 26.2-mile challenge across London for the TCS London Marathon, Sunday 2 October for international leprosy charity, Lepra.

Leprosy affects millions of the most vulnerable people in the world, causing life-changing disabilities and attracting extreme prejudice. But there is a cure. The Colchester-based charity works to beat leprosy in India and Bangladesh by finding, diagnosing and treating people affected by the disease.

The Marathon holds an important symbolic value for Lepra. Each year the charity provides over 26,000 pairs of specialist, custom-made footwear for people with leprosy, which play a vital role in the prevention of permanent disability. Running for Lepra helps thousands of the world’s most vulnerable people maintain their independence, dignity and health.

Alessandro Marmorato, a physiotherapist and ultrarunner from London, is one of Lepra’s runners this year. His career gives him a unique insight into Lepra’s work overseas, he said:

“I got to know Lepra, a 100-year-old charity through a friend and I have been impressed by the passion that the staff in the UK, India and Bangladesh put into the work to support people affected by leprosy. Through physiotherapy and exercise, they help people maintain and regain the use of parts of their body affected by the disease. Working in the same profession and thinking that my job can change people’s lives to such an extent makes me proud. I am running to fund projects such as Lepra to increase awareness of physical conditions and help provide training, rehabilitation and mental health assistance.”

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