Why my passion for the Charity World
Hi, I’m Cesar, originally from Tenerife but living in London since 2008. My background is Community Investment, Sustainability and my passion is volunteering and running.
A few years ago my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer, it was a difficult time for me. Moving countries I knew I wanted to find a way to give back to the community that had helped me. I didn’t know exactly how; but didn’t take me long to figure it out.
In 2008 I ran my first marathon to raise funds for Cancer Research in Stockholm; then Venice, Oslo and Miami; London was my 5th marathon for Oasis UK; New York was a personal challenge for me dedicated to my lovely friend Maria to help to find a cure for Sarcoma. I continue to travel around the world, completing marathons in Barcelona, Chicago, Berlin, and Honolulu where I ran to support my friends of Children with Cancer UK. Overall I have raised more than £10,000 for these worthy causes.
In 2015 my dad suddenly passed away and then my fixed term contract for Barclays as an analyst for the global community investment team ended so I just wanted to leave the UK and go back home. While I was looking for a new role I joined the Unicef Children Champion network and then six months later I found a job at HSBC where I developed my passion for environmental volunteer and WaterAid.
Due to the hard work for Unicef, I recently have been invited to an afternoon reception with the Prime Minister at Downing street and at work I won the Global Water Champion award of the year for my contribution to WaterAid, World Wildlife Fund, Earthwatch Freshwater and local charity partners.
I don’t do charitable work to win awards, my mum and dad just made me like that; but its nice to get recognition too.
My next adventure is travelling 80,000 miles across the world to run seven marathons on seven continents to raise awareness and funds for WaterAid.