Two Eritrean athletes graced Virgin London Marathon 2013 – Yared Asmerom and Emmanuel Soquar, both did Eritrea proud! The two compatriots were not exactly running side by side as their missions, though similar, were not the same?
Yared who belongs with the elite top 10 runners was there to sustain Eritrea’s place on the racing map. Seventh in line, he finished in 2 hrs. 8 minutes and 22 seconds
Emmanuel ran his first ever marathon and completed the race, with a smile, despite hamstring injuries. He is supporting ERA-UK’s project for children with Autism and Down’s syndrome in Eritrea. So far, he has raised £2173.75 REMARKABLE.
Support for Emmanuel is ongoing through his page at
ERA-UK is grateful for your cheers at the Marathon and your kind donations.
Sheweet warned that she was not racing today’s Olympic Challenge at the Virgin Triathlon, but she promised she would complete the event at all costs. Unflinchingly she started by plunging into the Victoria Docks cold, murky waters and swam the 1500 m single lap in what appeared to be no time, then quickly transitioned to the 40K bike challenge (2 laps). The weather began to turn and the wind was against her towards the end of the ride, but she triumphed. The heightened wind and the on-off rain did not deter Sheweet from completing the final harrowing 10K run (4 laps), with a smile!
Well done Sheweet for being our pioneer in this field.
Please make your donations to Sheweet Kidan at
Costa Stylianidis of LondonÂ has been tirelessly working in support of the construction, furnishing, equipping and maintenance of the St. Francis of Assisi School in Massawa, Eritrea, which was completed and inaugurated on 5th January 2010.
A total of 800 bicycles, red for girls, yellow for boys, were purchased at 65 Euros each, and sent to the school from Italy, where the larger number of fund raisers are based.Â The children have been trained in safety, traffic regulations, and maintenance of the bikes before being provided with one.Â In addition to making the children the proud owners of the bikes, they have greatly facilitated and eased their means of transportation to/from school. Costa is now busy collecting and shipping books for the school library. To donate visit him on www.mybaobab.com