IMG_6806floutéeFollowing quickly upon the recent efforts of our Secure Base runners, “Sound Mike” (as re-christened by one of our exemplars, Mark McAlister) is going to be doing something more for RNIB’s talking books and for Relais de la Mémoire this weekend – Secure Base’s third active Sunday in a row…

Holly and Sound Mike completed the Richmond half-marathon last Sunday (a personal best time for Holly!) raising valuable funds for SHINE.

The previous Sunday Chris, Jenny and Ryan had all completed the iconic Great North Run (with Mo Farah!) raising funds to create a talking book dedicated to the two schools who inspired this important initiative, CFBL in London and INJA in Paris.

One of our runners has a habit of taking things that one step further however, out of a belief that it is not enough to just do one “something” but to be consistent in doing something. Inspired by all of those who Secure Base supports and particularly by Abel Farnoux, who unknowingly provided the title to our “Doing Something” initiative, Sound Mike will be taking part in the Berlin Marathon this Sunday in an effort to both raise more funds for RNIB’s Talking Books and to promote the values of Relais de la Mémoire and its many inspirational founders.

“Abel Farnoux’s story had a huge personal impact on me, as did that of his wife Yvette – they are both huge inspirations to Secure Base. I know that running with all of those who have contributed to Relais de la Mémoire in my mind will be helping me along the way and on this occasion I will particularly be thinking of another of Relais’ founders, Elie Wiesel. What Abel, Yvette, Elie and so many others endured, and how they endured it, makes running a marathon pale very quickly into insignificance. With them all in my mind, running a marathon in Berlin adds particular meaning.”

Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, died in July this year but his memory lives on through the work of Relais and in his writings. His first book “Night” tells the moving story of his experiences of being sent with his parents and sister to Auschwitz as a twelve year-old.  On his first day in the camp his mother and eight year-old sister were murdered. He was later transferred to Buchenwald where his father died shortly before the end of the war. Elie endured incredible suffering, he encountered the very darkest side of human nature but also discovered the incredible strength of the human spirit, of resilience and the capacity for compassion that lies in us all, even in the direst of situations.

“I know from his writings that the guilt of the survivor stayed with Elie Wiesel throughout his life. That he felt guilt at all somehow puts our own responsibilities into perspective. If there is something we can do to ease the suffering of others and we fail to do it, where does that leave us as members of humanity, what does our guilt look like? I get tremendous personal satisfaction out of running these races but that stands for nothing if I don’t do something through my running to help others. As Abel Farnoux taught, life is not just about keeping ourselves alive but about being alive to do something.”

Secure Base is proud to support RNIB’s Talking Books and Relais de la Mémoire, if you would like to help us in doing so then please donate at:

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/securebasefoundation

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