Chris Mamo has been Azure’s personal trainer for the last four years. Last year, he prepared a group of Azure employees to participate in one of the toughest outdoor races in the UK – Tough Mudder! This was a hugely successful event and a great team building activity.
This year, the Azure team is going to challenge themselves under Chris’s supervision in the Nuclear Race in April. But before that, Chris has to successfully complete his own personal challenge which he is currently undertaking: running 20 marathons in 20 days to raise funds for 20 hospital beds by 7th April.
Where did it all start? Well, we all somehow want to make a positive difference and turn this world into a better place. Chris had this very strong feeling last summer, so being a personal trainer, he started wondering what kind of physical challenge he could come up with. He decided to run a number of full marathons – not knowing how many exactly and how that would bring about a positive change in particular, but the idea was there and he immediately started working on it.
Because of all the negativity that’s happening in the world, Chris just wished to make a difference. He also knew he wanted to achieve something that Maltese people, especially children, could benefit from. So he started looking for the right charity or organisation to partner up with, and it didn’t take him long to come across Dr Klown – a non-governmental organisation made up of volunteers who are dedicated to providing clown doctor services for children at Malta’s Mater Dei Hospital.
Following a number of meetings with Dr Klown representatives, Chris realised that the paediatric wards at Mater Dei Hopsital urgently require wall-mounted pull-down beds. These provide parents staying overnight at the hospital to support their sick children with a good rest before facing the challenges that the following day will bring. Since his sister passed away a few years ago due to cancer, Chris knows what it’s like to have sleepless nights in the hospital when you are trying to be there for your loved ones.
Chris’s first marathon was on 19th March, and now he is just a few days away from completing his challenge. Still, we managed to take some of his busy time to ask him a few questions regarding this truly inspirational gesture:
Chris, you are nearly at the end of your challenge. How are you finding it – is it harder than you thought?
I have 7 marathons to go and feeling strong. I’m also receiving lots of support from family, friends and the general public.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve had to face so far?
The biggest challenge was deciding to continue running with an injury. I could have stopped, but I decided to push on instead. Lucky for me, so far it’s been a very rewarding experience.
How many beds did you manage to ‘collect’ so far?
We are currently at 11 beds, so there are 9 more to go.
Will people be able to donate even after you finish all 20 marathons?
Yes, we are hoping that people continue to donate to Dr Klown even once this challenge has been completed.
What would you like to tell people who are still considering donating?
Get to know the story behind the challenge to understand the need, and you will soon see that this is a truly great cause.
If you wish to help Chris and these unfortunate families by making their stay in the hospital just a little bit more comfortable, take a look at the below options to learn how you can get involved. Thank you!
or send an SMS:
5061 7911 to donate 4.66 EUR
5061 8802 to donate 6.99 EUR
5061 9295 to donate 11.65 EUR