Charity challenge aims to educate children affected by war

22 February 2018: A former soldier turned entrepreneur aims to raise £100,000 to educate children growing up in conflict zones by running races in their countries.

Runner with banner

Jordan Wylie has chosen Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan for his Running Dangerously project – countries he has either served or worked in during the past 15 years. He will use donations to pay for the education of three children through the charities Darlington Gacmadheere Foundation, Unicef and War Child.

Jordan, a maritime security expert who founded the Inmarsat-supported Be Cyber Aware at Sea campaign, completed his first challenge – a 10k race in Somaliland, an autonomous region of Somalia, this month. He will run a half marathon and full marathon in Iraq and Afghanistan later this year.

Hostile environments

On his travels in the conflict-torn countries, Jordan will carry an IsatPhone 2 satellite phone provided by Inmarsat. He explained: “The IsatPhone 2 was my first choice when planning my emergency communications for the Running Dangerously project. It is the perfect handset for hostile, complex and remote environments with its robust features, excellent battery life, compact shell and above all the reliability you expect from a world leading communications provider.

“I am extremely grateful to Inmarsat for their support in helping me make a difference to children’s lives through education and care.’’