Sheffield man to run in the Congo to raise cash to help coffee farmers

Richard Hide
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A Sheffield man more used to running the Endcliffe ParkRun is to spend seven days running in the Congo.

A Sheffield man more used to running the Endcliffe ParkRun is to spend seven days running in the Congo.

Richard Hide

Richard Hide

Marketing manager Richard Hide, aged 54, is taking part in Run Across Congo, which will take him through coffee farming communities, to raise money for the charity Twin, which aims to increase fair access to international markets for smallholders in the global south.

Money raised will pay for projects to help women run their own businesses.

It is hoped the run will also raise awareness of the range of coffees being produced to help local farmers.

Richard said: “In 2008 I first set foot in the Democratic Republic of Congo and discovered some of the most incredible people living and working in the toughest conditions I’d ever seen after decades of civil war.

“At once I could see that growing and marketing fine arabica coffees could be a way to put that behind them.”

To find out more or to sponsor Richard, log on to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?uniqueVmgCharityUrl=twin