Coastal Race August 2023

A huge congratulations to Gordon Celender for conquering his 35th half marathon along the stunning Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland this summer. His impressive time of 1 hour 35 minutes and 12 seconds secured him the 331st place out of 2000 runners, and he even clinched 3rd place in the Men’s 60-year-old age bracket!

Gordon’s connection to Mutemwa runs deep. In 2006, he spent six weeks at the Mutemwa Leprosy Care Centre, a place that left an indelible mark on him after living alongside the individuals living with leprosy. During his time in Zimbabwe, he had the privilege of getting to know Fr John Dove SJ, a close friend of John Bradburne’s and he witnessed first-hand the community’s resilience and strength in the face of adversity, which left a lasting impact.

Thank you, Gordon, for your dedication in running for the Mutemwa Leprosy Care Centre and a big thank you to all the generous supporters who helped him raise funds providing crucial support to the people living at Mutemwa. The money Gordon raised was £1,422.43 which has gone into helping JBMS purchase a vehicle for the community in Zimbabwe, enabling them to get to hospital comfortably and safely. 

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