Simon’s Big Easter Sunday Send-Off!

Simon’s Big Easter Sunday Send-Off!

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Just a Little Run Around Britain…

Call for runners, supporters & cheerers!

On Easter Sunday, March 27th, 2016, Simon Clark will set off on an epic 5,000 mile run around Britain’s crinkly coast to celebrate Ecologia Youth Trust’s 20th Anniversary and raise an impressive £10,000 to support our work with disadvantaged children and young people around the world. Running, camping, taking up offers of floors to sleep on, AND keeping up with work, he expects his journey of a thousand brief encounters to take one year.

To send Simon off in style – and add a few wee extra miles to his total (!) – we are looking for runners, joggers, determined walkers and ‘cheer on-ers’ to take part in…

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… a 5km fun run, led by Simon, plus celebratory send off, complete with Easter bonnets and lots of other surprises!  Buy a virtual egg here to ‘egg’ Simon on and sustain a child. 


Simon RunningTime and place?

Leaving at 8:30am from the Findhorn Foundation Community Centre at The Park, Findhorn, we will be following a circular route to Findhorn Village and back through the dunes to the CC for Simon’s BIG SEND OFF at 9:20am from the Phoenix Shop.

I’m in! What do I do next?

Get training, find running/jogging/walking partners, and even set up your own fundraising page. We are also looking for people to wave banners and cheer Simon on when he sets off. For further details of the route and to let us know you will be there please contact Ecologia at

I can’t attend – how can I still show my support?

Please visit Simon’s Virgin Money Giving fundraising page where, in keeping with Easter – and as an alternative to the great chocolate extravaganza – you can instead buy a virtual Easter egg and help sustain one of the children on our projects. Money received goes a long way in the countries where we work so any donation will be very gratefully received.

Please also share the link to Simon’s page, follow his run on Twitter and help spread the word about Simon’s challenge. Offers of floors to sleep on and company along the way would also be more than welcome.

Hope to see you on Easter Sunday!

Happy training!

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susie Kemp

Susie has 30+ experience as a creative copywriter, editor, and proofreader, starting out as a 20-year-old copywriter in the Mad Men world of early 1990s advertising in South Africa. Ever since, she’s had a love affair with creative conceptualisation, thinking outside of the box, writing to a deadline, and being thrown in the deep end!

She took an MSc in Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University as a mature student, in 2015, and continues to keep herself busy working as a copy-editor, proofreader and copywriter in book publishing, corporate communications, and publishing project management.

Apart from her love of working with independent authors, Susie has a fondness for working in the third sector and likes to use her corporate communications and marketing experience to support projects close to her heart. She has lived and worked in the Findhorn area for 25 years, and has been involved in a number of third sector projects and organisations, and family businesses.

Working at Ecologia Youth Trust helps Susie to live in integrity with her values of supporting the next generation to be the best that they can be, and she sees it as a way to give back to Mama Africa, the beloved continent on which she was born.

Ellen Shaw

Ellen joined the Ecologia team in June 2018 as Marketing and Communications Manager. Ellen has lived in Scotland for 6 years and has worked for non-profit and charitable organisations across varied fields. She currently shares her passion for helping young people through Ecologia Youth Trust and she works as a dancer and dance teacher in her spare time.

Robyn Cooper

Robyn is the Associate Director of International Projects, having previously worked within the team as a Project Development and Marketing Officer from April 2019 until May 2021. As Associate Director, Robyn is co-leading the International side of Ecologia with Founder and Director, Liza Hollingshead, bringing a new energy into Ecologia as they look towards the future of the charity.

Liza Hollingshead

Liza is the founder of Ecologia and Director of International Projects. She was born and educated in South Africa and worked there as a high school teacher. She moved to live in the Findhorn Community in 1974. She started Ecologia in 1995 after being introduced to Dmitry Morozov, the founder of Kitezh Children’s Community in Russia, and was inspired to support the community in its mission to rescue orphaned children from institutions and give them homes, families and education in a supportive environment.

This led to projects supporting disadvantaged youth and children in South East Asia and in East Africa. TRead more about Liza’s story here.