Our gym's outstanding operations manager - who developed a life-altering knee injury in a near deadly collision with a bus just days before starting his new job - is tackling his first charity fundraiser in 8 years in aid of his Bow-based therapy gym.
Si Mohamed Dahiri, 38, who works for our Tower Hamlets based team, will be aiming to raise a combined £2,000 for our life-changing exercise service at the Vitality Big Half marathon on Sunday 1 March 2020, by running alongside our fellow mental health exercise lead instructor, super Samuel Quiah, 27.
Si Mohamed will tackle his first fundraiser since 2012, after being knocked off his bike at Lea Bridge Road just over 10 years ago.
With his head just inches away from the bus wheel during the shocking accident, Si Mohamed was left with a severe tendon tear but impressively carried on to start his new role and meet his new colleagues at our Ability Bow gym in 2008 (which is based at St Paul’s Church near Roman Road Market) just three days later.
And after campaigning as part of the gym’s £28,000 online fundraiser, Spacehive, at the end of last year, DIY enthusiast Si Mohamed is still looking to give back further to the ‘incredible’ 400 plus disabled people who use our disabilities and long-term health conditions gym each year.
Choosing to raise more vital funds at the 13.1 mile springtime half-marathon event - which covers many Tower Hamlets locations including Canary Wharf - Si Mohamed, says: “My accident was a real shock and it physically still affects me now.
“Just three days after my accident and when I got to work, my manager said ‘do you need to get checked out?’ and while I wanted to carry on and give my best, I decided it was best to go home shortly after.”
Impressed And Worried
Ability Bow's Director and Founder, Victoria Kent, adds: "We were shocked when Si Mohamed came in just days after the accident and immediately got on with his work; I was both really impressed and worried and we did politely persuade him to go home and get himself checked over.
"But his unfazed determination since working here has been amazing and he's so committed to keeping our service going and running alongside our super Samuel too on the day; with both all going the extra 13.1 miles all to help our community with disabilities and long-term health conditions."
And Si Mohamed’s determination to carry on giving his best for our gym - which runs various fundraisers throughout the year including the Virgin Money London Marathon and Big Fun Run in Bow’s Victoria Park - is all down to his love for its positive attitude.
“Since being at Ability Bow, I’ve seen how much of a vital asset it is to the local community’s wellbeing, so I know it’s a great opportunity to continue to represent the people who make genuine changes - small and big - every day in feeling better at our gym, by running in the Big Half.”
Donate To Si Mohamed and Samuel
If you would like to donate to both our super staff Big Half runners, Si Mohamed and Samuel:
Want To Sign Up To Run For Us?
Just 6 places are still available to sign up to the gym’s 2020 Vitality Big Half team until Sunday 9 February at 5pm, with each runner asked to raise £300 to support people exercising with disabilities and health conditions ranging from strokes and cancer, to mental health challenges and brain injuries.
If you still fancy signing up with a late entry to the Big Half for Ability Bow - which has helped more than 4,000 disabled people into exercise since forming in 2006:
Thank you so much and best of luck to our remarkable running team!