Old Ruts pair raise £1.5k in dualthlon for Kibera rugby project

Rugby fundraisers for Kenya
Simon Hunt and David Backshall after completing the Richmond Duathlon for KRDA. Photo: Twitter/kingsrugbyke

Rugby coaches Simon Hunt and David Backshall from Wimbledon based Old Ruts completed the Richmond Duathlon on Sunday, raising £1,545 for Kenya’s Kings Rugby Development Academy (KRDA) in the process.

Speaking before the event, Simon and David said: “We started out this summer wanting to get back in shape and them we took a leap and signed up for our first duathlon, taking place this weekend in Richmond Park. 

“We both thought what better way to raise some cash for Old Ruts Kenya and help them continue the great work they do. It has been a massive challenge to get fit, but we are going to give it out best shot to complete the 10k run, 44k bike ride and 5k run.”

KRDA is a development programme which supports around 300 of the most disadvantaged children in Kibera. 

Its aim is to teach positive life skills and aid the development of the whole person; physically, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. They also want to provide healthy role models via positive coaching and peer relationships and provide an alternative that helps them avoid the downward spiral into antisocial behaviour.

Old Ruts have been enthusiastic supporters of KRDA, and last Christmas collected hundreds of gift bags to send out to Kenya.

If you would like to donate to Simon and David’s fundraising collection, you can do so via their page on the Atlas Foundation website.

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