Marathon des sables



New Zealand Red Cross

Olivier LACOUA (FRA)

I was a young man at 18 years of age when I took part in a school exchange to Spain. Through a terrible accident he was burnt badly on my arms and legs and had to be rushed back to France, for medical assistance. It was the Red Cross that stepped in and rushed me back home. It is for this important reason, I runs marathons to raise money for the New Zealand Red Cross; so that he can help them to help others who are in desperate situations around the world.


I have been raising awareness for the New Zealand Red Cross since 2008, my aim is to run 100 marathons before 2020. I already ran more than 75 marathons, including 8 ultra-marathons, 3 full ironman triathlons and 7 half triathlons. This new challenge to run the toughest footrace in the world, on top of my goal of 100 marathons by 2020, will help me to fundraise more for the New Zealand Red Cross.


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About the association


These seven principles are our lifeline, connecting us with the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and the 190 National Societies throughout the world.


Humanity The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavours, in its international and national capacity, to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst all peoples.


Impartiality It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavours to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress.


Neutrality In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.


Independence The Movement is independent. The National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement.


Voluntary Service It is a voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.


Unity There can be only one Red Cross or one Red Crescent Society in any one country. It must be open to all. It must carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory.


Universality The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, in which all Societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other, is worldwide.


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I'll do all the hard run and complete 100 marathons!! But I need your help to make a difference to run each race for the RED CROSS. Many thanks for your support and please share this page!


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