September 7 2016

Paul receives his plaque at Nil by Mouth HQ
Paul receives his plaque at Nil by Mouth HQ

A big hearted Cumbernauld cabbie has donned his running shoes to help raise hundreds of pounds for Nil by Mouth.

Paul Audain drives his black taxi around the streets of Cumbernauld but after he parks it he pounds the pavements of Cumbernauld preparing to run his next 10k.  Over the last few years Paul has ran races across many of Europe’s capital cities to raise money for a host of good causes. To date he has completed races in Edinburgh, London Dublin, Berlin, Amsterdam and Helsinki. Later this year he will race in Stockholm and Paris. His ‘Challenge’  is to run every capital in the EU in the next few years.

Paul uses his running to raise both funds and awareness of good causes and this year he raised £600 for anti-sectarianism charity Nil by Mouth’sChampions for Change’ schools programme which brings pupils from different religious and cultural traditions together. Over the last 12 months the charity has been very active in the Cumbernauld area with a series of workshops, assemblies and events at local schools including Our Lady’s and Greenfaulds High Schools.

Nil by Mouth was set up by Glasgow teenager Cara Henderson in response to the brutal sectarian murder of her school friend Mark Scott in 1995. Last year it launched its hugely successful ‘Kiss Bigotry Goodbye’ campaign which seeks to promote the positive face of Scottish football through a range of events with football clubs, fan groups and local schools.

Earlier this month Paul was presented with a special plaque by the charity at its Glasgow offices in recognition of his achievements.

Nil by Mouth Campaign Director Dave Scott said:
‘This is a fantastic donation and we can’t thank Paul enough for all his hard work and commitment. We are the latest charity to benefit from his kindness but over the last few years he has raised thousands of pounds for groups such as Oxfam, Help for Heroes and Glasgow City Mission. It can be all too easy to overlook these little acts of kindness but we feel Paul has been a real champion for our cause and want to acknowledge his contribution to our work. People like Paul Audain are a huge help to small charities like ours and through his hard work we can continue to build bridges between people.

We have seen a huge demand for our schools programme in recent years and a major part of the programme is bringing pupils from different religious and cultural backgrounds together, allowing us to effectively challenge myths and stereotypes some may have about others. Through ‘Champions for Change’ we have seen new friendships formed and old prejudices banished.

Every penny raised by Paul will go into supporting sporting activities which will bring kids from different background together and encourage them to work together as a team to achieve big  things.‘

Paul Audain said:
‘I would like to thank Dave Scott and his team for their support for my campaign to run every EU capital. It’s a love story! Running is an addiction for me and I’ve been pounding the streets for a few years. I was asked by a hire one night if I supported any charities to give my addiction a moral purpose, and that’s where it started. I began with ‘Help for Heroes’ because they give more to the people who need help. Then I happened to meet Cara’s mother as a hire, we got talking, she told me about Nil by Mouth and the next thing I know I’m meeting Dave and discussing plans for my challenge to run Europe.

I wanted to involve as many people as I could to take part in the challenge and so far my friend Isaac McCleary, his wife Sandra, my partner Päivi Claesson and my daughters Emma and Carrie have been my biggest supporters.’

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