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Issue: Extra Newsletter Edition
Double Your Money!

By Roland Wilkinson
I must say I strongly dislike these kinds of titles as there is always a catch. And, indeed, there is, I must admit, a catch here too but its not a bad one.

Intrigued? Then read on.

This story begins about 25 years ago when I was walking alone in the Galloway hills in Scotland and I was amazed to see a runner in the distance approaching towards me along the ridge line of the hills.Eventually he passed me, and I turned and watched as he sped up the path I had just climbed down. The image of this man running in the wilderness of the hills, miles from anywhere,  summarised a certain kind of freedom which has stayed with me ever since.  

When I turned 60, I decided to take up running. I have to say I am not a born athlete and do not have a runner’s physique – my legs are short (in fact one is slightly shorter than the other) and I have the classic ring of older man fat around my middle.

Only once have I captured the freedom that I witnessed in that runner on those Scottish hills. I was running on Dartmoor and suddenly I felt as if nothing could stop me and that almost no effort was required to move across the landscape. A few kilometres further on my body started to tell me a very different story.

Recently I was talking to Susannah and Ya’Acov about The Movement Medicine Sponsorship Fund which is a UK registered charity that provides access to Movement Medicine for people worldwide who would otherwise not be able to afford it. There are now a considerable number of people who have benefited from the funds some of whom have taken part in the Apprenticeship Programme and who we hope will go on to Professional Training and so be able to take this work back to their local communities. The money that is raised by the Sponsorship Fund is never used for the payment of tuition fees but is provided to cover travel and accommodation costs. Those in receipt of funds are usually given free or reduced tuition.

We were wondering how we might be able to encourage more people to donate more money to the fund. I suggested that I could run in the Plymouth half-marathon on May 19th and raise some sponsorship money. Susannah and Ya’Acov then offered to donate up to £2000 towards the fund, if that money was matched by contributions from others.

Hence the title of this article ‘Double Your Money’.

So dear MM Community, here is a wonderful opportunity to both support me to fly freely across the Devon hills, and to support the sponsorship fund at the same time. Please do support this. I, and many others who will benfit from your contribution, will be most grateful.

You can contribute money via this page and then your money will matched by the School of Movement Medicine. So, if you donate £50 then the fund will receive £100.

Running the half marathon will not be easy for me I can assure you. Please donate generously.

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The views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of the School of Movement Medicine. Roland Wilkinson, Nappers Crossing, Staverton, Devon TQ9 6PD, UK Tel & Fax +44 (0)1803 762255 http://www. schoolofmovementmedicine.com