Dec 20, 2011

Amazing feet – and marathon efforts by a trio of ALEH friends from overseas have inspired us all in our efforts to keep moving forward!

UK residents Gabriel Doctor and Laura Swabe recently undertook to run the London Royal Parks Half Marathon and the Great South Run, respectively, on behalf of ALEH.  The results? They helped to raise funding and awareness for a worthy cause while challenging themselves.

“ALEH does amazing work for disabled children and their families,” said Doctor, whose fundraising efforts were earmarked towards special therapy and vocational trainingat ALEH.  Coming in at 2 hours and 8 minutes, his marathon race was all the more taxing as it was held the day after Yom Kippur – a 25-hour fast!

Laura Swab’s 10-mile Great South Run in Portsmouth was also a success.  “I didn’t stop one moment – not even for water!” she explained.  “But if I can raise money for charity, then that’s an added bonus to keeping fit.”  While she crossed the finish line with aplomb, she was aware of the challenges faced by the disabled children of ALEH.  “Your charity provides wonderful care for people who are unable to run or even look after themselves. A worthy cause”, said Swab.

Running for ALEH in the UK appears to have become a trend.  Last year, Londoner Rivka Levine undertook to run the Bath Half Marathon on behalf of ALEH, encouraging others to support the cause and improve the lives of children with special needs.  Her own inspiration was provided by a visit to ALEH Moriah in Gedera, where she was “impressed by the level of medical care the children receive and the dedication and caring nature of the staff“.  Describing her marathon experience as ‘amazing!’, she “highly recommend[s] it to anyone who is thinking about doing it.”

At ALEH, where even the tiniest baby step is cause for celebration, we applaud the great strides taken by our friends in the UK.

Interested in running for ALEH?  Ask friends to sponsor a kilometer – every step you take will help us reach our goal – offering disabled children every opportunity to advance. 


The London Royal Parks is an iconic and picturesque half marathon race through four of London’s Royal Parks (Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park and The Green Park) and past some of the capital’s most historic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Royal Albert Hall. 

The Bupa Great South Run is Europe’s leading 10 mile road race, with some 21,000 runners. It is on a fast, flat course through Southsea, Portsmouth and passes some of Portsmouth’s naval heritage, including HMS Victory and the Mary Rose.

The Bath Half Marathon, now in it’s 30th year, is one of the longest established and most popular city centre road events in the UK.  It is also one of the largest charity fundraisers in the South West,  


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