Glasgow schoolboy, 8, to run junior marathon for children in Ukraine on anniversary of war – Glasgow Live

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An eight-year-old schoolboy from Glasgow will be running in the junior marathon in Edinburgh in aid of children in Ukraine.

Dylan Vakacamena Greig will run in the 1.5km race on May 25 to raise funds for Save the Children’s emergency work in Ukraine, marking nearly two years since war broke out in the region.

After being inspired by his dad, Iain who has just taken up racing, Dylan decided to take on the challenge himself.

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The little one was so excited when he found out that running in the race provides an opportunity to raise money for charity, and after seeing the crisis in Ukraine and how this was affecting children of a similar age, he knew he wanted to help.

Dylan discussed his reasons for taking on the challenge, he said: “It’s not fair what is happening to them, some of them don’t have a mum and dad any more.”

Camille Hepworth, Community Fundraising Manager says: “We’re so grateful to Dylan for his generous support. Save the Children’s work is only possible thanks to our supporters in the UK and their amazing commitment to make the world a better place for children.

“Together with Dylan’s support we’re determined to help every child become who they want to be.”

A fundraising page has been set up where supporters can donate to the cause, he has set a goal of £500, with nearly £300 raised already!

Since February 24, 2022, Save the Children’s Ukraine fund has helped thousands of war-struck children. So far they have been able to support over 5,000 kids with protection services, provide a safe and supportive environment for children to socialise, rehabilitate four damaged schools in Northern and Eastern part of Ukraine and get medical care to over 40,000 families, with a particular focus on maternal and new-born health.

You can support Dylan’s fundraising by donating directly on his fundraising page here.

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