The Fenkil Challenge was the idea of one man, Mr. Goitom Seyoum, to raise funds for the Eritrean National War Disabled Veterans Association (ENWDVA). The idea of having a run to raise funds quickly gained momentum, with friends and family joining in to give their support to Mr. Goitom Seyoum, despite it being kicked off in early February, just when London was gripped by the cold freezing winter weather .
The last leg of the Fenkil run challenge took place on Sunday the 28th of February with many lending their support to the great cause.
Mr Goitom had set a target of running at least 10k every other day throughout the month of February, and had sponsored himself to the tune of £1 per every kilometre he managed to cover.
As February drew to a close, Gotiom took the opportunity to make a last minute call to anyone who might be interested in sponsoring him in support of the ENWDVA, which he’s a proud member of.
In all, the challenge covered 172 kilometres over the course of the month. Mr Goitom stated, “during this journey I received a lot of encouraging and inspirational support from Amanuel Mender and Yirgalem Abraham — a veteran fighter herself and mother of three who had joined me along the way. Many of my friends like Alula Abraha and my Ugandan brother Yassin Kara and others, had also joined in whenever they could in one of our 10k runs and also on the final day”. Mr Goitom Seyom went on to describe how they had used the opportunity that was presented by sport to enrich their knowledge of not just Operation Fenkil — the military operation to liberate the Port of Massawa — but also about the Eritrean struggle in general.
With the successful end to the first ever Fenkil Run Challenge, the intention now is to turn it into an annual event, despite the challenges that might come with the cold winter month of February. The event would be a fitting way to remember our fallen martyrs, while at the same time raise funds for our war disabled veterans.
Goitom’s overall message is, to always keep in mind the extremely high price paid by our martyrs and veterans to liberate and safeguard every inch of Eritrean land. Our war disabled veterans have paid a heavy sacrifice and continue to live with the consequences of their decision to fight for Eritrea and it is only fitting that we should shoulder our responsibility to always support our veterans by helping the ENWDVA.
All donations will go directly to the association to the ENWDVA UK chapter, with receipts issued for the contributions.
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