Running with Destiny: Writer making real change to lives across Africa through sport

Toby Tanser, Founder of Shoe4Africa Children’s Hospital, accompanied by marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge, presents gifts to young Alfred Nyangoya at the Shoe4Africa Children’s Public Hospital in Eldoret town as her mother Linet Moraa looks on during Christmas Day of 2015. Tanser is now mobilising funds for the construction of sub-Saharan Africa’s first children’s cancer hospital.

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What you need to know:

  • ‘Nine out of 10 children are dying when diagnosed in Kenya, and indeed sub-Saharan Africa...’
  • This Friday, Toby Tanser, an athlete, humanitarian and founder of the Shoe4Africa charity, will organise a relay race from the Equator to Eldoret with elite and legendary runners to break ground for a new children’s cancer hospital. The stars include Great Britain’s former world marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe, accompanied by her daughter Isla (who suffers from cancer) and will break ground with a Kenyan cancer patient to start construction of sub-Saharan Africa’s first children’s cancer hospital, a 152-bed, four-storey building. For the next few days, we follow this charity mission through excerpts from Tanser’s latest book Running with Destiny – An odyssey of mistakes, machetes and miracles.

What on earth am I doing?’ I should not have been asking this question when boarding a plane to Nairobi on the 11th of November 1995. Ten days earlier, I knew all the answers.

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