Why I am going to Sierra Leone to run 10K!

    Hey guys, 

    It's been a few weeks and I wanted to take the time to really talk to you. What I want to write about is most definitely longer than a caption on Instagram, because that just doesn't fully do this subject justice! So please continue to read on...

    First off, the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT......

    I will be embarking on a trip to Sierra Leone in Africa at the end of May, to run my (second ever) 10K for charity! Not only that, but I will be joined by my two best friends Zanna Van Dijk and Vicky Spence


               Mark Gillett Photography


    We are heading out there with Street Child, a london-based charity with a passion for reaching further afield to help the worlds most vulnerable children. The aim of the trip is to work with the various projects they have established out there, meet the children, and most importantly meet the young women of Sierra Leone. The Street Child ethos is to educate, mentor and build a new Sierra Leone through future generations and we are honoured to be involved! Towards the end of our trip, it will be Race Day! The main events include (Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K). If you know me, you may know I am NO runner, so 10K in the heat will be a big challenge!!

    Over the past month or so, I have been meeting the team at Street Child and hearing more and more about their work. The workers are young, passionate and driven individuals who really want to make a fundamental change to the lives of children in Sierra Leone. The more I have heard about the current state of things over there, especially with regards to the young women - I am honestly horrified!

    Many girls do not have an education past the ages of 12. The girls who do continue through the education system are expected to trade sexual encounters for grades. Unsuprisingly many of the teenage girls fall pregnant due to this and therefore are unable to attend school and so are looked down upon in society. Once these teens are mothers, they do not have the education to enable them to start a business or to make a living. Of course, then the child suffers and is unable to have a proper education....and the cycle just continues. 

    Please read further information on this here.

         Mark Gillett Photography


    I feel beyond lucky to live in a society where I have been able to, as a young woman, have a great education, persue my dreams and build my own successful business, all by the age of 25. Therefore, I am so very passionate about meeting these young women who need to be told they are valued. To help them to strive for better, for change, for respect and for equality. 

    This is a 6-day trip on May 25th-31st , where we will work hands-on with the charity, experience all the cultural delights that Sierra Leone has to offer, as well as take part in Marathon Day! And the whole week will be celebrated with a big old beach party - which from what I have been told, sounds SO much fun! I have feeling this trip will be a rollercoaster of emotions and ultimately will be a life-changing experience. 

    If you feel passionately about reaching out to women, children, or those in need all over the world, then you can JOIN US TOO! We are hoping to take a team of women (and men!) to Sierra Leone. If you would like to take on the challenge then please read more HERE. And please check out www.sierraleonemarathon.com !


    * If you quote GIRLGAINS50 you will recieve £50 off your registration fee*. 

    You may think that the challenge itself is too much for you?! If so, I would kindly ask that you please follow this link to donate: 



    I will be taking you on this journey with me, through the training, fundraising and special events! Please follow my social media accounts to keep up to date: 

    Instagram: @tallrye

    Twitter @ToTallyfitlife

    Yubl: @tallyrye

    Snapchat: talitharye

    Thanks for reading and speak soon!

    Tally x

     Mark Gillett Photography





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