Post People: Dagenham pastor organises charity race to raise funds
PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 December 2016 | UPDATED: 12:47 30 December 2016
Pastor Ade Adesina, 51, tells Phoebe Cooke about how he's hoping to start off an annual fun run to tackle an acute shortage in charity funding
“We are putting on a fun run to try to help the charitable organisations within the borough.
“I’ve been preaching at Power House International Communities church for 20 years – we moved from our Hackney church to Oxlow Lane in Dagenham ten years ago.
“I also run youth clubs in the church centre, and I realised that money wasn’t really coming to community groups which need funding.
“Through Run4Life, Power House Communities Network are trying to provide a platform for charities to find funding for themselves.
“It will be a 5k or 10k run, anyone can run in it and raise money for any charity, preferably in the borough. One of those groups is the Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Group, which helps sufferers to manage their illness.
“Club funding is being threatened – we wanted to think about a way that people can come together. It’s a little bit disheartening when we want to provide support but there isn’t a group you can refer to people, because it doesn’t exist.
“Demand for other charities like Hope 4 Barking and Dagenham night shelter has soared in the past two or three years, but there’s a lot less government funding.
“I’m inspired in all I do by my love of God, the more you love God, the more you love people.
“I live with my wife Oluseyi Adesina, 48, and our two children Grace, 17, and Emmanuel, 22, in Fourth Avenue, Dagenham.
“We want to get between 300 and 500 people running for all different charities. It will start at Redbridge and Dagenham Football Club in Victoria Road, Dagenham.
“We are hoping it will become an annual event and a platform for a future east London marathon. We want to create awareness and get local people involved in local causes.”
To sign up to Run4life on April 9, go to phcn.org.uk