Yesterday’s post mentioned charitable efforts in Greenford over the centuries. Today’s is about someone who embodies the twenty-first century approach. Over the last twenty years Andrew Evzona has raised thousands of pounds for organisations that support the disadvantaged or fund research into medical conditions. He decided to take part in the London Marathon after hearing about Childline when he had just become a father. Since then he has run marathons and fundraised in a number of other ways, most recently for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He is shown holding a certificate for his extraordinary efforts on their behalf, inspired by his own child’s experience of the condition. I wanted to include Andrew because he is one of those heroes who keeps charities going, even through periods of economic difficulty. The son of an immigrant, who tossed a coin before deciding to come to the UK, his life has not been easy. He has not been moved to support charities because he has had the leisure or funds to do so but because he has seen how hard life can be for others and felt he could help. I get the impression that Team Evzona (his family) is a strong one and will be right behind him when he takes part in the BUPA London 10,000 in May 2013 for the fourth time. I am very grateful to Andrew for taking time out of his Christmas break to be in this photograph on such a cold wet day. You can donate to his fundraising page by clicking here.
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