On the run for clean water

PUBLISHED: 14:28 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:36 15 June 2010

THE president of Axminster's Catenian Association has completed a 10 kilometre run to help provide clean water to those living in the sub Sahara.

THE president of Axminster's Catenian Association has completed a 10 kilometre run to help provide clean water to those living in the sub Sahara.Celebrating its century this year nationally, the Catenian Association is made up of circles of Catholic men who meet regularly for social and fundraising events.Bob Bannister, 65, a retired independent financial advisor, has been a member of the Axminster circle for five years and did the run to help raise funds for Water Aid, to provide boreholes and water pumps for sub Sahara, where 2,000 children die each day through lack of water or water-borne diseases.He completed the Ilminster Lions Charity run on Sunday, November 2, and, between its 29 members, the Axminster Catenian circle has collected £1,500 towards the £250,000 the association hopes to raise nationwide.Mr Bannister, from Chilson Common near South Chard, said: "I was in the last and largest category and struggled a bit, but I did it."Some 317 entered the run and 294 took part. We ran out from Ilminster through nearby villages in a circular route. "It was all uphill to the halfway point, then downhill, fortuitously, for the rest of the way."Anyone wishing to contribute to Water Aid through the circle should link to this secure web page: http://www.justgiving.com/axminster-catenians.Members of Axminster Catenians are drawn from East Devon, West Dorset and South Somerset.


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