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 this Sunday 1 March 2020 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, 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:
If You’re Coming To Cheer Us On
What We’ll Be Doing On The Day
We’d love to see you from 11am at the meet and greet area in Greenwich Park by the letter ‘B’ for Bow, where you’ll see our team and banners
You’ll get to meet our team and our runners on the day and so they can spot you, see if you can bring purple clothes with you to be recognisable! :)
Travelling To The Event
As many roads will be closed in the area, it will be best to travel by public transport or by foot
What You’ll Need To Bring
Weather-proof clothing: Weather on Sunday between 9am and 1pm (the expected time the Big Half will last for) is due to be sunny and cloudy with a slight chance of showers by 1pm. So please bring warm weather-proof clothing which is purple (if you already have your Ability Bow t-shirts, please bring one of those too! :)).
For More Information
If you need to find out more:
And If You Can’t Attend On The Day…
You can keep an eye on our social media pages @abilitybow or…
You can watch live coverage of the Big Half (where you’ll hopefully spot our runners) via the BBC’s various online channels including red button and online, Five Live Sports Extra, Radio London and Twitter/Facebook (all from 8:45am)>>
Thank you so much and best of luck to our remarkable running team on Sunday!