51 year-old optometrist Tanveer Asaria recently traded eye tests for her trainers as she ran the Valencia Marathon on Sunday 1st December.
Tanveer joined more than 22,000 runners to take on the gruelling 26.2 mile challenge across central Valencia and chose to raise vital funds and awareness for the Zahra Trust. Despite a partial tear of her ankle ligament 7 weeks before the race, she managed a time of 5:01:00.
Tanveer works as an optometrist at The Vision Clinic in Harrow, as well as at the hospital of St John and St Elizabeth in London. She chose to support a cause close to her heart. Tanveer said “The Zahra Trust helps those suffering from war, poverty and famine, by providing basic philanthropic needs, enabling them to survive and making them self sustainable so that they will no longer require aid. The funds raised will go to Syrian orphans and the Zahra Trust Optical Camp.”
This was Tanveer’s fifth marathon challenge. She ran the London Marathon in 2015 in aid of the eye research charity Fight for Sight, and the Paris Marathon in 2016. In 2017 she ran the Rome marathon for the UN Refugee Agency, whilst last year she ran the Berlin marathon for the Zahra Trust. Her total fundraising is now more than £11,000!
She added “I would like to thank all the clients of The Vision Clinic, and my friends and family who have donated so generously to this important charity. We have raised an amazing £2300 so far. These funds will help hundreds of orphans. I am truly grateful.”
To support Tanveer, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Tanveer-Asaria5.