Oliver Jones aged 23 and his younger half-brother Jack Chaplin 21 are completing an ambitious and challenging marathon. Whilst Jack has completed a half marathon in Sydney, Oliver has never run a marathon before. However, they both felt ready for a new personal challenge. Oliver says the training is not proving easy but raising money for Blue Sky is well worth the effort.
The 41st edition of the TCS Amsterdam Marathon will take place on 16th October 2016. The TCS Amsterdam Marathon is known for its fast and beautiful course. The start is in the historical Olympic Stadium. The course leads the participants through Amsterdam’s city centre and passes many highlights including the Rijksmuseum (containing art by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh), the largest public park in Amsterdam Vondelpark and the Amstel River.
Oliver heard about Blue Sky through a friend who talked about the work to assist ex-offenders to have a second chance in life. Oliver then looked into Blue Sky’s work further, investigating its history as a social enterprise. He researched the statistics on support and rehabilitation for ex-offenders and was shocked that there are not more organisations like Blue Sky. After discussing it with Jack bother felt they wanted to take on this challenge on behalf of the ex-offenders who struggle to find work. Both felt that ex-offenders who endeavor to turn their lives around are “commendable and an inspiration”
Jack, aged 21.
“Neither of us have been directly affected by a family member going to prison, but I have a friend whose brother struggled on being released, having been very happy and driven before going in. The most appealing aspect is probably the idea of getting a second chance, particularly for young people.”
Oliver, aged 23
“It’s really inspirational when individuals like Jack and Oliver give so much of themselves to support a social enterprise like Blue Sky. This kind of concern and support for the welfare of others is crucial in our work. Providing jobs for ex-offenders who often face discrimination when seeking employment can be de-moralising. Having individuals share our vision to provide ex-offenders with opportunities is crucial. ”
Blue Sky’s MD Kate Markey
Everyone at Blue Sky team would like to wish Jack and Oliver the very best of luck with their marathon run. And we would like to thank all our supporters who share Jack and Oliver’s passion and belief in the value of our work.
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