Alessandra completes the Great North Run for the Bambisanani Partnership

Well done Alessandra!

Back in 2011 whist a student at St. Mary’s Alessandra Valle-Metaxas visited South Africa as part of the Bambisanani Partnership volunteering programme organised by the School. As with so many students the visit had a most profound effect on her and Alessandra has remained in contact and supported the partnership ever since.

Most recently she embarked on extensive training programme to compete in the Great North Run Half Marathon in order to raise funds for the partnership. All Alessandra’s hard work paid off as on Sunday she completed the event in the very respectable time of 2hrs 59mins, raising over £300 in the process.

“The Great North Run is like no other event I’ve ever participated in. The people of the North East come out in all their glory to support the tens of thousands of runners who are participating for so many different reasons but many, like me, are running for causes that they feel close to.
The Bambisanani Partnership thrives on passion for sport and so running and fundraising for the partnership was a special opportunity for me not only to challenge myself (as I am no long distance runner) but to also spread the word about Bambisanani and the lives that are changing because of its work.

I truly believe that sport is incredibly powerful and changes lives, the Great North Run itself is testimony to that and so it just made sense to me that my 13.1 miles be used to help Bambisanani grow.

I’m thrilled and so very grateful to have been able to raise money and to continue to support the Partnership in this way and I encourage others to do the same!”
— Alessandra Valle-Metaxas
Photo: Alessandra was part of the St. Mary’s visit to South Africa in 2011

Photo: Alessandra was part of the St. Mary’s visit to South Africa in 2011

“ I am so very proud of Alessandra’s fantastic achievement and excited that the Bambisanani Partnership has had its first ever sponsored runner in such a prestigious race.

If anybody else is interested in running for Bambisanani, please don’t hesitate to contact me at or via St. Mary’s Menston to discuss further.”
— Mrs C Chattoe, Bambisanani Partnership Co-ordinator, St. Mary's Menston