Jonny puts on a tonne for charity

'Tonnes' of support for Stand by Me: Pictured left to right are Jonny Farrell (Youth for Christ Ballyclare), Peter Thompson and Laura Farrell (Youth for Christ Ballysillan) and Stephen Patterson (Youth for Christ Northern Ireland) who each ran 1,000 miles during the last year in aid of charity, Stand by Me. They raised more than �5,320 for the charity's work with  children in Ethiopia.
'Tonnes' of support for Stand by Me: Pictured left to right are Jonny Farrell (Youth for Christ Ballyclare), Peter Thompson and Laura Farrell (Youth for Christ Ballysillan) and Stephen Patterson (Youth for Christ Northern Ireland) who each ran 1,000 miles during the last year in aid of charity, Stand by Me. They raised more than �5,320 for the charity's work with children in Ethiopia.

Glengormley man, Jonny Farell, recently took part in the ‘Tonne Run’ by completing 1,000 miles over the space of a year.

He and three colleagues each completed this mammoth task in aid of Stand By Me, the charity working with children in crisis throughout the world, raising a combined total of more than £5,320.

Jonny, who works for Youth for Christ in Ballyclare, said: “I would like to thank everyone who sponsored us – knowing that so many people supported what we were doing really helped us to keep going through rain, hail and sunshine to meet our target of 1,000 miles over the year.

“It’s wonderful to know that the money we raised will be going to Stand By Me’s school and orphan homes in Bekoiji, Ethiopia, directly benefitting the hundreds of children in its local community.”

Michael Holmes of Stand By Me in Ireland, added: “We would like to thank Jonny and his Youth for Christ colleagues, as well as everyone else who took part in the Tonne Run for completing 1,000 miles apiece in support of our work. This took a lot of effort on their behalf to keep going, especially during the colder winter months and we appreciate their on-going commitment.

“The ‘Tonne Run’ is a fitting race to run to support the children with whom we regularly work in Bekoiji, Ethiopia, as the country itself is almost exactly 1,000 miles from north to south.

“Ironically the township of Bekoiji, which has 410 children, is well known for producing some of the most famous long distance runners, including Kenenisa Bekele, the current world and Olympic record holder for both 5,000 and 10,000 metres, yet the town is poverty stricken with HIV a major problem.”

Stand By Me is a movement of people committed to rescuing and caring for some of the world’s poorest children.

Through children’s homes, schools and care centres, the charity aims to meet the individual needs of children who are orphaned, abandoned, abused, are victims of war or disease or are living in extreme poverty.

Stand By Me aims to make lasting improvements to children’s lives, helping every child to feel loved and reach their full potential.

Michael concluded: “We have a devoted team in Northern Ireland as well as dedicated, enthusiastic supporters. When we receive donations, we are able to let people know exactly where their money will be used or, alternatively, a specific project to sponsor can be chosen by supporters.

We have lots of exciting activities planned for 2013 and we are always keen to extend our support base and let even more people know about our work. Anyone interested in finding out more about Stand By Me and how we help children in crisis, should visit www.standby.me, or contact our local office on 028 9335 2318.”