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Portuguese runs for Bangladeshi slum children

Portuguese runs for Bangladeshi slum children

Staff Correspondent

Aiming to raise $1 million for Bangladesh's underprivileged slum children, a Portuguese woman ran seven 50-kilometre ultra-marathons in seven continents in less than seven weeks since January's end this year.
Maria Conceicao, also the first Portuguese female to have conquered Mount Everest, said she was also expecting to earn a place in Guinness World Records for undertaking such a gruelling challenge.
“Running these seven ultra-marathons was the toughest challenge I ever took. But that is nothing compared to the daily struggle the kids face on the streets of Dhaka,” she told a press conference in the capital's Drik Gallery yesterday.
“My aim is to raise one million dollars and draw global attention and to break the vicious cycle of poverty in Bangladesh by helping the impoverished to live up to their maximum potential.”
Maria is also the founder of Maria Cristina Foundation which has been raising funds for the past nine years to provide education for underprivileged children worldwide.
Currently, it is helping five such Bangladeshi children study in the United Arab Emirates.
In order to raise funds, Maria already accomplished feats such as travelling to the North Pole and reaching the summits of Aconcagua in South America, Kilimanjaro in Africa and Mount McKinley or Denali in Alaska.



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