To raise money for Kickstart Kids International’s latest project Katy Anderson will complete her first ironman triathlon on 6 May 2012.

An Ironman triathlon consists of a 3.8km swim, a 180km cycle and a 42.2km run.  That’s a total of 226 kilometres.  So it’s no mean feat.

Over the last four years, Katy has run 8 marathons but has never competed in swimming or cycling. In fact, she bought her first wetsuit in September last year and her bike only a few months earlier! Her training regime is about to step up from 15 to 20 hours per week.

Katy is dedicating her efforts by donating every dollar raised to Kickstart Kids International with a fundraising goal of $5000. Katy volunteered with Kickstart in Kenya in 2010 and since then has been helping the team where she can.   At the end of last year, she accepted a role on the board.

Kickstart founder James Woodward is thrilled with Katy’s latest contribution to Kickstart. ‘This is great opportunity for Kickstart and we are grateful for Katy’s ongoing support. We are behind her 100%’ he said.


About the cause

Kickstart Kids International has purchased a 10 acre block of land in Olturoto around 50km from Nairobi. A section of the block will be devoted to the children’s home, initially featuring two buildings for the children to live in with a matron in each and an administration building.  Construction of the first house is set to begin in mid-April and to be opened by the end of the year.

The front acre will also feature a library which will not only serve our children but also the wider community and 7 acres have been devoted to a farm which is currently producing chilies and beans to be sold locally and nationally.

Kickstart will provide the initial funding and support to get the project started with the long term vision of empowering the local community to run this new facility without needing to permanently rely on the support of international donors.


How you can help

You can sponsor Katy by visiting her fundraising page and forwarding this to others:

Track Katy’s progress and leave a message of support and motivation for her on Kickstart Kids International’s Facebook page

View Katy’s fundraising video here