Manchester man embarked on fundraising ‘Kosher 100k’ to mark 50th birthday (From Messenger Newspapers)
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Manchester man embarked on fundraising ‘Kosher 100k’ to mark 50th birthday
2:00pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
METEOROLOGIST and Doctor of Climatology, Alan Goodman, is a man on a mission, - whatever the weather.
He chose to mark his half century with a challenge to raise money for The Fed – a Manchester social care charity whose south Manchester office is based in Hale Village.
At midnight on August 18, Alan and two trusty walking pals, Glaswegian professor Malcolm Granat, and seasoned marathon runner, Harvey Wiseglass, set off from Prestwich in North Manchester on a 24-hour, 100km trek around Greater Manchester.
The phrase ‘Kosher100k’ was coined after Alan discovered during the planning stages that a complete tour of the Manchester Jewish Community would amount to just over 60 miles or 100km. In addition, between the northern and southern extremities of Sunnybank and Hale respectively, there are in excess of 100 sites of Jewish local interest. These included both Bowdon and Hale synagogue, and The Fed’s Ashley Road office.
Alan said: “Having not long ago celebrated my 50th birthday it seemed right to try and mark it in some way, and what better way to do it than to raise some money for a good cause.
“By planning the route to go past just about every communal site – schools, synagogues, shops, care homes, community centres - it’s a way of celebrating the whole Manchester Jewish community and the diversity of its population.
“On the back of my walk I wanted to raise money for The Fed because this is the one organisation that is here to support every member of our community, wherever they choose to align themselves culturally and religiously.”
The trio raised more than £1,000 and donations are still coming in.
To sponsor Alan, Malcolm and Harvey go to their fundraising page, www.thefed.org.uk/kosher100k/, or call The Fed’s fundraising office on 0161 772 4800.
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