Two Indonesian running enthusiasts are heading to the UK to pound the pavement in the 2017 London Marathon and raise money for Youth Sport Trust International.
Patricia Heny and Angling Tilarsih, also known as the Dynamic Duo, will be travelling from the beaches of Bali to run from Blackheath to Buckingham Palace. They will be raising much-needed funds to help Youth Sport International bring physical activity to people across the globe who are battling with inequality.
The cityscape of the UK’s capital is quite literally miles away from the Island the two girls are used to having as the backdrop to their training. It is however not their first trip to the UK for a running challenge having taken on the Yorkshire Marathon in 2016 as well as similar events in Tokyo, Singapore and Indonesia throughout their health and wellbeing journey.
Patricia and Angling first heard about Youth Sport Trust when they met a fellow fitness fan and a YST supporter Joe Hanney who travels the world to educate fitness professionals. The girls welcomed the opportunity to support YST International due to their enthusiasm to provide sporting opportunities for young people.
We think children around the world need to have the right equal access to physical, mental, and social wellbeing. We want to help children to become the best versions of themselves, to be more active and to have a brighter future thanks to sport.
Patricia and Angling are getting their trainers on five times a week over the coming weeks in preparation for the event in April.
Patricia added: “We're so excited, every run is challenging and we believe that we're gradually getting stronger and faster. We are doing this because the young generation at home in Indonesia deserve equal access to the benefits of sport but there are vast numbers where this isn’t possible. We hope to play even a small part in bringing about ways to change this with help and support from Youth Sport Trust International.”
You can make a donation to Lili and Patricia’s London Marathon fund here.
Youth Sport Trust International believes in the power of sport to resolve the challenging issues facing young people across the globe by providing hope and the opportunity of a better life. It has worked with more than 100,000 individuals across 20 countries including the Caribbean, China, Iraq, Uganda, Ethiopia and Indonesia in order to better their lives through sport. Find out more here.