A local optician is taking part in the Great Ethiopian Run this November in aid of Vision Aid Overseas (VAO) and has set a fundraising target of £2,600.

Store director at Specsavers Lerwick, Thomas Bruin, will be one of 37,000 participating in a 10k run through the streets of Africa’s highest city, Addis Ababa, as part of a team set up by VAO.

Thomas aimed to reach his ambitious fundraising total by hosting a series of events and calling on the support and sponsorship of friends, family and the local community. The current fundraising total stands at £2,766 with the hope it will reach £3k by race day.

Thank you for all the support

Thomas said: ‘We are proud to support Vision Aid Overseas and have been delighted with the support we have received from locals over the years.

‘We support the charity all year round as people continue to recycle their old and unwanted frames in store, which helps fund the work of VAO. With such a big fundraising target this year, it is wonderful to see monetary donations and pledges of sponsorship coming in. I’m delighted I’ve reached my target.

‘I can’t wait to head out to Africa to take part in this challenge, thank you to everyone for the support.’

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