Algarve property professional attempts Brighton Marathon in aid of children’s homes

By Carrie-Marie Bratley, in Algarve · 06-03-2014 15:16:00 · 0 Comments
Algarve property professional attempts Brighton Marathon in aid of children’s homes

A real estate professional who grew up in the Algarve is to run the UK’s Brighton Marathon in a bid to raise funds for and awareness about the Algarve’s ‘Os Pirilampos’ and ‘A Gaivota’ children’s homes in Albufeira.

Alexander Kenney, who lived in the Algarve as a child before moving back to the UK, is to attempt the 42.2-kilometre run to help the forty-something children who live at Pirilampos and Gaivota, who range from toddlers to teenagers.
The 31-year-old returned to live in Portugal in 2007 and is a sales manager for the property company Villas & Vacations, in Vilamoura.
He is currently in full swing of training for the marathon, which takes place on Sunday 6 April and which he hopes to complete in around four hours and fifteen minutes.
“I’d love to do it in under four hours”, he tells The Portugal News: “But we need to be realistic about things; it’s a big ask!”
Alexander first came into contact with the homes when he was himself a young child at school in Vilamoura.
“One day we went to visit a small children’s home and I remember being shocked at how little the children had. They really didn’t have very much at all”, he recalls.
After moving back to Portugal as an adult he rediscovered the homes through the Peta Birch Community Foundation.

The foundation, established in memory of long-term Algarve resident and charitable philanthropist Peta Birch, who was tragically killed in a car crash in March last year, originally donated the land upon which one of the homes is built and gave a vast amount of support to the children at both homes over the years.
“I think if there’s anything nice we can do, we should do it. Any difference makes a difference”, Alexander explains, arguing that the Pirilampos and Gaivota homes do not seem to benefit from the same level of exposure as other institutions in the Algarve.
In preparation for the marathon, Alexander is currently running up to 50 miles – or 80 kilometres – a week.
After attempting his first marathon a few years ago he swore he would “never, ever” run one again, but “here I am a few years older and wiser (debatable) and I do have a very worthy cause that is worth putting my body through hell for. I was pretty fearful the first time round but having actually experienced it before I’m even more fearful as I now know what to expect”, he jokes.
Alexander has already raised in the region of €300 for the cause, but hopes to raise more.
He stresses: “The children really do need our support. There are a variety of reasons why the children are there, ranging from abuse to tragic loss of parents or guardians.
“It’s important to bear in mind the fragile and vulnerable state that they can suddenly find themselves in. The homes themselves do not have very much exposure, like so many other worthy causes. Every little bit of help really means a lot to them and will make a huge difference to the lives of these youngsters.”
To support Alexander and make a donation, see: www.
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