Beg, steal or borrow, Kieran will help fight

Kieran Hardman of Todmorden - driving to Africa
Kieran Hardman of Todmorden - driving to Africa

A LOT of charity campaigners have lots of drive - but in the case of one Todmorden man and his back up team, that will mean all the way to Africa.

Kieran Hardman, aged 40, has just returned to the town after working in South Africa for five years, where he witnessed at first hand the number of people affected by the deadly disease tubercolosis (TB).

To raise money for the charity TB Alert, which provides funds and education to help prevent TB, and helps with educating people in Africa about its risks, he will undertake the marathon route in a basic Land Rover.

“TB is one of the world’s biggest killers - over the next two decades it is estimated 35 milion people across the world could die from TB, and there are about two million people in Africa affected by TB,” said Keiran, whose family live at Gorpley, off Bacup Road.

Kieran said a lot of them are HIV/Aids sufferers who are particularly at risk because their immune systems are not as strong. TB is still a killer, said Kieran, adding that Lodon has the highest rate in Europe.

“I have been in South Africa for the last five years and got involved with charity work out there. My dad, Kieran Snr, works with a pharmacutical company which provides support for TB Alert out in Africa.

“In all it will take around 12 to 18 months to fundraise, plan the route and then embark on the journey, which I would like to begin in Todmorden, head for John O’Groats, back down to Land’s End and then across to Europe and down through Africa.

“It will take a minimum of £25,000 to make the trip and I am calling it ‘Beg, Steal or Borrow’, undertaking it in a basic Land Rover with a support team,” he said.

Kieran said the majority of the money will be raised in the UK and he hoped to get people in his home town of Todmorden involved, with one fundraising day designated Beg, Steal or Borrow Day, where people, businesses and community groups all raise funds on the same day.

At this stage Kieran is mainly wanting people’s ideas, and he would appreciate anyone who would like to help him to contact him on telephone 07767 854989.