A heroic challenge to help the needy

  • Andrew O'Brien is running 12 marathons in 12 months to raise cash for the ISIS Foundation, after witnessing its work in poverty-stricken Uganda.

    Andrew O'Brien is running 12 marathons in 12 months to raise cash for the ISIS Foundation, after witnessing its work in poverty-stricken Uganda.

  • Andrew O達rien: running 12 marathons in 12 months to support the ISIS Foundation, after witnessing its work in poverty-stricken Uganda.

    Andrew O達rien: running 12 marathons in 12 months to support the ISIS Foundation, after witnessing its work in poverty-stricken Uganda.


After witnessing poverty and deprivation first-hand, Andrew O達rien is hoping to make a difference through his remarkable running challenge.

O達rien, a newcomer to distance running, is aiming to complete 12 marathons in 12 months to raise cash for the ISIS Foundation, an international development organisation started in Bermuda 16 years ago.

The actuary, who works in London for reinsurance and insurance group Aspen, embarked on the mission after visiting Kiwoko Hospital in rural Uganda to experience the work done through Aspen痴 partnership with the foundation.

He said: 的 was so inspired by the strength of character and determination of the people I met there that I set myself the challenge of running 12 marathons in 12 months. The Bermuda International Marathon will be my eighth marathon.

的 believe the richest resource Uganda has is its own people in the midst of abject poverty, deprivation and sickness the Ugandan people are bursting with life and full of hope.

鄭s a newbie to running, this has been a huge personal challenge but, after witnessing the daily struggles faced by women and children living in poverty, I feel compelled to help in whatever way I can.

Since June last year, O達rien has run marathons in Norway, Switzerland, Berlin, Connecticut, New York and Singapore. He has also returned to Kiwoko Hospital to run a marathon through the Ugandan bush. So far, he has raised $9,725 for Kiwoko Hospital.

的 am very excited about coming to Bermuda, he said. 典his will be my first time on the Island and I知 especially looking forward to it after pulling out due to injury last year.

淘12 in 12 was meant to kick off with the Bermuda marathon this time last year so it値l be all the sweeter when I finally cross the finish line. It痴 been a long time coming but I know it痴 going to be a fantastic weekend.

Since 2007, Aspen has developed a strong partnership with the ISIS Foundation. Aspen supports health projects at Kiwoko Hospital, which services 500,000 people and offers a wide range of medical services. Together, Aspen and the ISIS Foundation have provided the hospital with a new and expanded neonatal intensive care unit and a new maternity ward which saves thousands of lives.

To follow or support O達rien during his 12 in 12, visit his website www.12in12forISIS.com.

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Published Jan 16, 2014 at 11:32 pm (Updated Jan 16, 2014 at 11:41 pm)

A heroic challenge to help the needy

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