Malcolm Conlan's 15-mile Charity Walk, to help poor Filipino Children

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Malcolm Conlan walks 15 miles to help poor Filipino Children

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British native Malcolm Conlan, the man behind the viral open letter to Devina Deviva, is a self-confessed Pinoy-at-heart, who attempted a grueling 15-mile walk to raise funds for poor pupils in the Philippines.

Conlan, 42, had a charity walk on Monday, September 30, in aid of Sambat Trust, a small UK-based charity donating books to poor Filipino communities around Batangas and Laguna. He walked from Bromley Town Centre in Kent to the Philippine Embassy in central London, a total of 15 miles which takes approximately 3-4 hours to walk on average.

Standing over 6 feet, Malcolm Conlan admits he often suffers from fatigue and back pain due to his height, which makes long walks challenging and problematic. But he also said it “takes a personal sacrifice” to achieve certain goals.

“I believe that we can all do more to help the Philippines. For me, this is also a personal challenge as I never do any exercise nor walk anywhere,” said Conlan, who is married to a Filipina. He added: “I am not sure what to expect. We will be walking in excess of 15 miles, and whilst this may not seem a lot for some, this is a big challenge for me.”

In 2011, Conlan already walked 10 miles from his house in Bromley to central London to raise funds for the victims of typhoons Pedring and Quiel, which left him in pain for days.

“I found the walk very tiring and I remember limping along the road in absolute pain that was partly as because I took so many wrong turnings. With my fellow walker Peter Watson navigating, hopefully this will be a little easier,” he recalled.

Malcolm's first encounter with Filipinos

“I didn’t know where the Philippines was until I watched Miss Saigon. I had a crush on the second person who played Kim, Monique Wilson, and decided to travel to Manila to meet her,” he related.



Romantic love didn't blossom between them, however, he remains friends with Wilson to this day. And since then, Conlan has become an active member of the Filipino community, not only in the UK but the rest of the world, through his events website Fil-Event.com. He is also affiliated with several Filipino organizations and is frequently seen in community events.

Conlan and his walking partner Watson are aiming to raise at least £300. They have so far raised £138. Their fundraising drive will continue for two more weeks after they complete the challenge. -texts from ABS-CBN news

Please watch the video to learn more of Malcolm Conlan's Sambat Trust charity program. Also, do not forget to read Malcolm's open letter in response to a racist comment of a Facebook user against Miss World 2013, Megan Young.

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