More than 500 amateur athletes are set to run in the first official marathon to take place in Makeni, Sierra Leone, on the 9th of June 2012, in a bid to raise money for vulnerable street children across the country.

The Kiln Sierra Leone Marathon, led by British charity Street Child of Sierra Leone, aims to raise at least £250,000 to help the country’s children off the streets and into education.

More than 250 runners are expected to travel to Sierra Leone to take part in the marathon, with a further 250 local runners expected to participate. A half-marathon and 5k race are also open to runners.

The money raised by the marathon will go towards building and supporting 50 schools in rural villages, reuniting 1,000 children with families, and helping 5,000 children through education in Sierra Leone.

The Kiln Sierra Leone Marathon will benefit from the support of: Charity patron General Lord Richard Dannatt, former head of the British Army; Ben Fogle, celebrity adventurer and Patron; Charles Franks, sponsor and chief executive of Lloyd’s of London insurance underwriting business; Kiln Group, and also a number of British schools.

The initiative wants to showcase what a wonderful country Sierra Leone is, and raise money to help give the children a brighter future, according to Tom Dannatt, founder of the charity.