Running the London marathon was Pia’s absolute dream and when she learnt about Village Aid and the potential place, she couldn’t have been more excited about the opportunity to raise money for Village Aid and fulfil her dream.

From the beginning it has been clear that Pia shares the values of Village Aid- she believes that everyone in the world should be able to enjoy a peaceful society, prosperous economy and healthy environment.   Pia also believes very strongly that if you want peace and prosperity, you should be building bridges, not walls, empowering people to get established in their own right and by helping to connect them with other communities and countries, you can bring about better lives for everyone.

Pia only started running in 2014 and worked her way up from 5k to a half marathon that year.  Last year she completed a number of half-marathons and then decided to train for the Paris Marathon which she completed in April 2016.  She also took part in the Etape du Tour cycling event across the French Alps in the summer.

Pia is a project manager so planning for and delivering projects is second nature for her. She was quick to set-up her fundraising page and began to engage family, friends and colleagues immediately.  Her target kept on climbing, smashing her £1500 target early on, clearly supported and admired by those around her. As the big day arrived, she invented new ways to bring in money, hosting a bake sale at her work and an office treat tin which raised almost £200 alone!

Pia raised a total of £2419.40 and finished the race in 5 hours and 10 minutes.