Running for VAO

Over 20 Specsavers employees run the Great Ethiopian Run for charity 

30 Nov 2017 by Emily McCormick

A total of 22 staff from the multiple Specsavers have completed the Great Ethiopian Run in a bid to raise funds for Vision Aid Overseas (VAO).

They joined more than 44,000 other runners in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last weekend for the 10k challenge, which is the world's highest altitude race.

The group aim to raise more than £57,000 in order to help VAO provide sustainable eye care across Africa.

The 22 runners flew to Addis Ababa on 22 November in order to acclimatise before the race. They also had the opportunity to see VAO's work in the country first-hand.

Running for VAO

Optometrist and store director of Specsavers in Bicester, Sarah Marshall, completed the race in just over an hour. She said: “It was hot, hilly and due to the altitude, I felt I couldn’t breathe for half of the run. But when you run with over 44,000 people, with many more watching, it turned into an amazing experience.”

Specsavers has supported VAO since 2008, raising more than £600,000 for eye care in Zambia which has been used to help train optometry technologists, as well as ensure vision centres are staffed.

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