Walsgrave schoolgirl raises over £200 for dental charity in first ever half marathon

A cash-raising charitable schoolgirl from Walsgrave completed her first ever major run at the Coventry Half Marathon last week.

Tessa Rusike raised over £200 for Smile Train, which is a worldwide children’s charity providing dental care to children in 85 countries in the developing world.

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“After reading some of the case studies I knew that, I too wanted to do something to help,” Tessa told the Coventry Observer.

“This was the first run I have taken part in, I’d only really done cross country before at school.

“I chose to do the half marathon because I thought it would help me raise more towards my fundraising, and also it is something that I have been wanting to do for a while.”

“I found the run to be quite challenging and exhausting at times as I had not yet taken part in anything so tough.

“However, as I ran there was the constant reminder of what I was running for, which served as a great motivator for me to continue,” she added.

Her time was 3 hours and 25 minutes.

Tessa’s JustGiving page contains more information on Smile Train.

“It only takes £150 to cover the cost of a 45 minute life changing surgery for one child,” she writes.

You can visit her page here to donate.

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