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Old Trident Robert Avery-Phipps (Wortley 2002-2009) will this Saturday be running the Great Wall Marathon, a 26 mile race which not only will be a race of endurance due to the hot and humid temperature of China, but also as there are over 5000 steps which form part of the route.
Robert left Trent College in 2009. It was his desire to study overseas, and following an internship with Jaguar Land Rover in Shanghai, Robert was awarded a substantial scholarship from the Rotary Foundation giving him the opportunity to study in a country of his choice. Robert chose to study a Masters at the University of Nottingham China Campus in Ningbo, one of China’s oldest cities.
The International Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship is a program which promotes international understanding and friendly relations among people from different parts of the world. In receiving this valuable scholarship, Robert will serve as a goodwill ambassador to his chosen country, China, providing knowledge through presentations about his own culture to local Rotary and other groups.
During his time in China, Robert has spent time helping the Rotary Club of Shanghai donate wheelchairs to people suffering from Polio. It was during this time that he became inspired to do something himself, to raise money and awareness for the disease.
Robert says “polio is a terrible disease but thanks to a global drive by NGOs [Non Governmental Organisations] to eradicate it, it is on the brink of extinction. The donations I collect will go towards immunising kids in pockets of the world where polio is still a threat”.
Robert has made a short video which explains what he is doing and also shows some of his training regime, amongst the local community in which he studies. Watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuUMnirKEIw
Donations can be pledged by visiting Robert’s “Hitting The Wall” JustGiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/robavery-phipps
Robert will return to the UK later this year, and as part of the Rotary program will be able to share his experiences which will help to deepen the understanding of the culture he has himself experienced in China.