FUNDRAISING NEWS: Why I Give - Matt Turnbull

Matt Turnbull is the marketing and new business manager for Urban Productions. He ran his third London Marathon last Sunday in 4hrs 7mins, raising £1,500 for Action for Southern Africa

How did you first become involved with Action for Southern Africa?

It was basically two things. First, I have an interest in what is happening in South Africa on both the political and social fronts and, second, I bumped into a friend on the tube while she was working at the charity. I had never heard of it, but it sounded like a good cause.

Which is more difficult, finding people to donate or running in the marathon?

The first year I ran in the marathon, finding people to donate was not that much of a problem, but it has become more and more difficult each year. I think it is because of 'donor fatigue' and because competition is so fierce - there are just so many charities involved in the race now.

What motivates you to keep running year in and year out?

I would definitely call it an addiction. The crowds are always huge and it gives me an opportunity to help a cause that I care deeply about. The whole thing is just a fantastic event, so the pain is worth it.

Do you support any other causes or charities?

Yes, I also support the Terrence Higgins Trust. I think that working with HIV/Aids charities is hugely worthwhile. The problem is not going away, but people are still not paying attention to it. We need to keep the public aware of the issues and help improve the situation.

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