Shoe4Africa Foundation founder Toby Tanser.

Shoe4Africa Foundation founder Toby Tanser. Motivated by a life-threatening attack by thugs in Africa that saw him require specialised treatment abroad, Tanser has been using athletics to raise funds for healthcare projects in Africa.

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Grisly encounter: How can a life-changing episode like this take less than 10 minutes?

What you need to know:

  • The shoe became a friend—my partner—giving the item up meant to throw in the towel and accept defeat
  • On Christmas eve, Toby Tanser, an athlete, humanitarian and founder of the Shoe4Africa charity, organised a relay race from the Equator to Eldoret with elite and legendary runners to break ground for a new children’s cancer hospital. We follow Tanser’s charity through excerpts from his latest book: Running with Destiny – An odyssey of Mistakes, Machetes and Miracles:

The blade struck with force and easily carved through the flesh on my wrist, cutting into the bone.


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