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 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 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 to run 100 official marathons across seven continents to raise awareness and vital funds for WaterAid.