Joseph Chivayo, our latest UK board member is running for Masicorp in the London Royal Parks Half Marathon 2022. He currently works as a policy leader in the U.K Civil Service. His day-to-day involves analysing government priorities and legislative requirements and considering policy proposals to bring priorities together. Joseph is passionate about his role because he says, “working as a civil servant is highly satisfying because of the tangible difference the work we do makes to the citizens of the United Kingdom.”
When Joseph is not changing policies within the government, you can find him in the gym. He exercises at least five times a week and sometimes he even pumps iron twice a day! You may be interested to know that he is a qualified personal trainer with over ten years of experience. Even though Joseph is a mean machine in the gym, he says, “I’m not built for cardio exercise, I prefer high intensity and short exercises.” Nevertheless, we are positive Joseph is going to put his body in gear and blitz through the marathon to raise funds and awareness for us in this iconic race.
This year, the 13.1-mile race is being held on Sunday the 9th of October 2022, taking place in London’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.
This is Joseph’s first half marathon, but he is no stranger to putting his body on the line for causes that are close to his heart. A few months ago, he completed a 10 KM race for a local charity called City of Sanctuary and Upbeat Communities. We asked Joseph why he decided to tackle London’s famous half marathon and he said:
“Masicorp do an amazing job supporting some of the most vulnerable people in South Africa. Education is the best strategy for combatting poverty. That is why I decided to volunteer my skills as a trustee for Masicorp UK, so we can continue raising awareness and funds to make a positive difference to the people of Masiphumelele. When I saw that you had two entries available to run, it made logical sense to step up for the cause.”
Thank you for believing in the power of education, Joseph. You are making a huge difference to the work we do with your skillset. We believe education is the surest route out of poverty and with our education and skills training courses, Masicorp helps people living in Masiphumelele work towards a sustainable future.
Joseph has registered a Just Giving page where he has already accumulated £400. His goal is £1,000 and with your help, he can reach well over that to help residents from Masi progress towards a sustainable livelihood. Visit Joseph’s page here and give to the power of education.