Kanyuchi to run for healing funds

The brother of a man who died in December is going to run the London marathon to raise funds to assist victims of violence in his homeland. Kenny Kanyuchi, who now lives in Birmingham, was so moved by the work of Tree of Life groups in counselling those traumatised both physically and mentally by political violence that he wanted to help.

“Initially I was petrified to run 26 miles – it’s like a distance from Chinhoyi to Banket and back again,” he told The Zimbabwean last week. He’s not a professional athlete, just an ordinary man who runs for recreation and wants to do what he can to help heal his country.

“It is hoped Tree of Life methods can become part of the national health care system. In the meantime, there are millions of traumatised people looking for help and funding is required to hire venues for healing workshops, transport for participants and modest fees for the counselling team so that they can concentrate on their very demanding healing work without having to worry about where their next meal or next month’s rent will come from,” said Fr. Brian MacGarry, a Jesuit priest in Mbare, who facilitates the project.

Kanyuchi hopes to raise at least £2500 pounds – enough to run a workshop for about 16 people. “That may sound a lot, but some 65% of our participants are so traumatised that they would normally need much more expensive psychiatric treatment,” said MacGarry.

In a little box at end: All money raised will go direct to the project. Please donate generously at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/kennykanyuchi, or send your contribution directs to Jesuit Missions, 11 Edge Hill, and London SW19 4LR: phone: 020 8946 0466: e-mail: [email protected] Don’t forget to say it is sponsorship money for Kenny Kanyuchi, running for Aqua- Tree of Life in the London marathon.

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