AN ARCHITECTURAL assistant is to run three half marathons in three weeks to fight poverty in Nicaragua.

Evelyne Williams, 23, of Uley, will be taking on the challenge to support the youth and sustainable development charity Raleigh International.

Kicking off by running the Bristol Half Marathon on September 21, she aims to also complete the Bath Two Tunnels Half Marathon on September 28 and finish with the Cricklade Half Marathon on October 5.

Miss Williams will be volunteering with Raleigh International from October on a sustainable development project that focuses on water, sanitation and natural resource management in Nicaragua.

She will be teaming up with other Nicaraguan volunteers to tackle some of the problems facing rural communities, after being offered a place on the government funded International Citizen Service.

Miss Williams is both excited about the challenge and apprehensive, having never run a single half marathon before.

She said: "Having never run a Half Marathon before it's going to be a real challenge but fundraising is a way of making sure developing countries can continue to benefit from the work of Raleigh International, so it’s vital I reach my target.

“I will be volunteering on a community based project in rural Nicaragua which aims to meet the existing needs of the community by focusing on water and sanitation programmes or natural resource management.

“This is a unique opportunity to work alongside people from a different culture who have requested help from young volunteers to fight poverty and make a difference where it’s needed most. Obviously I’m really excited to get out there, but also hoping to contribute positively towards a sustainable project.”

ICS allows young people aged 18-25 to contribute to long-term development projects in countries like Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone and Nepal.

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